Thursday, April  24th, 2014 at 2:03 am
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Governor Signs Bill That Benefits Environment and Consumers

Huff Authored Recycling Legislation Reduces Waste Stream at Local Landfills

Sacramento — The Governor has signed a measure authored by Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) which will increase the collection of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) through popular door-to-door collection programs. SB 456 will allow door-to-door HHW collection programs to transport and consolidate materials at exempt facilities before it is eventually moved to a permitted processing facility. The goal of the Huff measure is to discourage illegal dumping and reduce the waste stream to local landfills.

“Current law requires that all hazardous waste must be transported immediately to sometimes remote hazardous waste disposal facilities, which is burdensome and adds cost,” said Senator Huff. “Although many cities currently operate hazardous waste collection facilities, the sad fact is these programs are often underutilized because their locations attract only a limited number of residents. Data indicates people who live within 5 miles of a drop off facility are more likely to use it. But not everyone lives within that five mile radius.”

The intent of SB 456 is to make the collection process easier, which will encourage more families to take advantage of these programs. Door-to-door HHW collection programs have proven to be the most popular of choices for many residents including segments of the population that are often underserved, such as the elderly, residents confined to their homes or others who cannot drive to HHW collection sites.

Businesses that specialize in the door-to-door collection service help safely dispose of hazardous items such as lamps and light bulbs, batteries, paint, oil, sharps, electronics, and household chemicals. In addition, this type of collection effort helps stop the illegal disposal of dangerous materials, which are costly to clean up.

A 2006 survey conducted by the California Integrated Waste Management Board revealed that illegal dumping costs taxpayers millions in cleanup costs. The 35 counties and 37 cities who responded to the survey reported an annual local government abatement and enforcement cost of $44 million. Including the State Department of Transportation $55 million annual cost for highway cleanups, the representative survey documented a significant cost for illegal dumping and litter control.

“The door-to-door collection method has proven to be more popular with many families because residential pick-up is made by appointment,” said Senator Huff. “Collection of hazardous waste through these door-to-door programs averages 85 lbs. per household. The end result is that more hazardous material is collected and properly disposed of. My legislation is designed to assist private business, promote better waste handling practices and eliminate the regulatory burdens that these new business models face.”

Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Caucus Chair and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. You can follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.

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