BILL NUMBER: ACR 105	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Quirk

                        SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

   Relative to No Waste November.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   ACR 105, as introduced, Quirk. No Waste November.
   This measure would designate the month of November 2015 as No
Waste November, an education and outreach period for the promotion of
a zero waste lifestyle.
   Fiscal committee: no.



   WHEREAS, Americans recycled and composted almost 87 million tons
of the approximately 251 million tons of trash generated in 2012,
equivalent to a 34.5 percent recycling rate; and
   WHEREAS, In 2012, each American, on average, recycled and
composted 1.51 of the 4.38 pounds of waste generated per person per
day; and
   WHEREAS, Americans recycled and composted about 72 million more
tons of material in 2012 than in 1980, preventing the release of
approximately 168 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent
emissions into the air, comparable to taking over 33 million cars off
the road for a year; and
   WHEREAS, The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989
requires cities and counties to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost
all discarded materials to the maximum extent feasible before any
landfilling or other destructive disposal method is used; and
   WHEREAS, The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989
mandates that all California jurisdictions achieve a 50 percent
diversion rate by 2000, and sets a state policy goal of a 75 percent
diversion rate by 2020; and
   WHEREAS, About one-half of the waste generated in California is
source reduced, recycled, or composted, but California still disposes
of about 37 million tons of waste in landfills and through other
disposal methods; and
   WHEREAS, A zero waste lifestyle goes beyond just recycling and
takes a system-wide approach that involves maximizing recycling,
minimizing waste, reducing consumption, and ensuring products are
made to be reused, repaired, or recycled back into nature or the
marketplace; and
   WHEREAS, No Waste November is a month-long education and outreach
period for the promotion of a zero waste lifestyle that will cover
topics such as water waste, organic waste, energy waste, recycling,
and the reuse of products; and
   WHEREAS, No Waste November will involve businesses, local
governments, and communities and will educate adults and children in
a variety of locations, including, but not limited to, homes, places
of work, schools, parks, and neighborhoods; and
   WHEREAS, The lessons learned during No Waste November are intended
to form the basis of a long-lasting education that Californians will
continue to use in their everyday lives after the month ends; now,
therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California
hereby proclaims the month of November 2015 as No Waste November; and
be it further
   Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of
this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.