There are many laws we might question yet without the help of our friends in government our work would be far more challenging and possibly impossible at this juncture. Several recently enacted bills demonstrate the great opportunity to recover more financially viable resources from our waste stream while achieving a great many community benefits identified here among these pages.



• California:

It helps to have good energy happening elsewhere like with industry and government to give a community development program a boost. In this case there are several state (California) assembly bills that will give our local program a huge boost. They are Assembly Bills AB 32 California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 and AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

AB 32

California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

Requires California to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, the equivalent of taking approximately 15 million cars off the nation's roads. To meet reduction targets, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the lead agency responsible for implementing the act, is following a blueprint known as the AB 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan.

AB 341 ­

75% Source Reduced and Mandatory Commercial Recycling

In October 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 341 (Chesbro, Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011), modifying the California Integrated Waste Management Act and establishing a policy goal that “75 percent of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020” (collectively referred to as “recycling”).

75% Source Reduced Mandatory Commercial recycling 2020

• National:

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council – Ten Year Action Plan (2016-2026)

The Plan’s purpose is to expand awareness of the benefits that our urban forests, as a green infrastructure system, provide to communities throughout the nation, and increase investments in these urban forest resources for the benefit of current and future generations. The Plan provides specific goals, actions, and recommendations for improving the status of urban and community forestry for the United States and its territories.

Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council – Ten Year Action Plan

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