Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bottle Bill Expansion Passed out of the Senate.

Thanks for Your Support: All Priority Waste Reduction and Recycling Bills pass out of their houses of origin!

Bottle Bill Expansion Passed out of the Senate.

CAW-sponsored SB 1625 (Corbett) cleared a big hurdle today, making it off the Senate floor with a 21 to 18 vote. This bill aims to expand California's successful container recycling program to include all plastic bottles which will significantly reduce plastic litter pollution. This measure will result in the recycling of more than 3 billion additional plastic bottles, annually reducing littered and landfilled plastic waste by 130,000 tons and providing local governments with an additional $100 million dollars. The expansion of California's Container Recycling Law was the #1 recommendation of the California Ocean Protection Council's recommendations on marine debris.

Shopping Bag Reduction Bill Advances to Senate.

CAW sponsored AB 2058 (Levine), which would institute the toughest-in-the-nation litter abatement law for carryout bags, passed out of the Assembly May 28 with a 44-33 vote. This bill would require bag diversion benchmarks be met or would require retailers charge a per-bag fee. AB 2058 would also give local governments the option to charge fees on plastic bags immediately. AB 2058 will next be heard in a Senate policy committee.

Toxic Packaging Phase-Out Bill Moves out of Assembly.

CAW-Sponsored AB 2505 (Brownley) passed out of the Assembly May 28 and now heads to the Senate. The bill will help prevent human and environmental exposure to toxins as well as encourage the recycling of consumer packaging by phasing out the use of toxic, non-recyclable PVC packaging. Previously, this bill passed out of Assembly Appropriations May 22 and passed out of the Asm. ESTM committee on April 15. AB 2505 is now headed to the State Senate.

Compostable Organics Management Bill heads to the Senate.

AB 2640 (Huffman) made it off the Assembly Floor May 28 and now moves to the Senate. AB 2640 would help expand the state's composting infrastructure by providing grants for facility operators to overcome regulatory barriers. The money for these grants would be generated through a fee on the use of green materials as landfill cover, a practice that has significant environmental impacts. Previously, the bill passed off the Assembly Floor May 28, passed out of Assembly Appropriations May 22, and passed out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on April 14th with a 5-3 vote.

Recycling News

May 20 - SF Plastic Bag Ban Expands to Pharmacies

May 21 -Beverage Container Recycling Rate Rises to 67%

May 28 - Report Contends That Recycling Is Not So Wasteful

Please Help Support Californians Against Waste - DONATE NOW!

Over the next three months, CAW's resources will be challenged as we work to advance several major waste prevention and recycling measures. Your online contribution today will help us to full staff up. We have several excellent summer internship candidates, but lack the resources to hire them. We would greatly appreciate your most generous contribution.

The Recycling Advocate is published at least twice monthly during the legislative session by the environmental group Californians Against Waste.

NPR: Old Electronics Are a New Gold Mine

NPR: Old Electronics Are a New Gold Mine

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Kobe Comes Clean Over Snake-Soaring Slam Dunk

More Kobe Bryant news? Hey, we’re just giving the people what they want.

Anyway, we all fondly remember Bryant’s death-defying jump over a moving Aston Martin. And our good buddy John Ireland from KCAL-TV caught up with Kobe to get an explanation about his awesome aerial.

Now, Kobe Knievel has done it again - this time soaring over a pool full of snakes to make a super slam dunk. And Ireland once again finds a pot o’ gold, as he gets the latest story from the aspiring Lakers stuntman. But John didn’t get the same answers as before.

During Monday’s practice, Ireland quizzed Kobe about his latest adventure in leaping. And the conversation went a little something like this:

John: “A new Hyperdunk thing has hit the Internet where you jump over a pool of snakes.”

Kobe: “Yeah.”

John: “Is that real?”

Kobe: “Absolutely.”

John: “You jumped over that pool and dunked?”

Kobe: “I did jump over that pool.”

John: “So it’s not like the Aston Martin?”

Kobe (pseudo-offended) : “I jumped over a car!”

Another reporter: “Were there snakes in the pool?”

Kobe: “100 … about 140 of ‘em.”

Yet another reporter: “And all poisonous, right?”

Kobe: “Anacondas, red bellied snakes … uh, there weren’t no black mambas, they’re a little too big.”

(Video of the snake jump to refresh our readers’ memory)

Bryant went on to describe his day hanging out with the Jackass crew - calling it a “hell of a time“, fondly referring to the Jackassers as “classic idiots“, but adding that he “loved every minute of it.”

However, Ireland was persistent to get the scoop on the snake jump:

John: “And the dunk was real. You actually jumped over the pool.”

Kobe: “I did jump over the pool. I had a little assistance, maybe.”

John: “With Hollywood?”

Kobe: “From the Hyperdunks.”

And with that, the interview ended in a round of good-natured laughter.

Great job as always, John! For next time, try to get an explanation of the Ron Artest interview. Hollywood & Hyperdunks were obviously of no help.
Hazardous Waste Minimization Program

The Region 8 Hazardous Waste Minimization Program (HWMP) provides advice and assistance to authorized state governments on matters related to the development, execution, and monitoring of hazardous waste minimization policies, plans, and programs. The HWMP places special emphasis on and supports national, regional, and state efforts to reduce the most persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals in hazardous waste streams.


Program Goals
The Hazardous Waste Minimization Program strives to:

Facilitate the achievement of PBT reduction goals by developing and providing necessary resources and waste minimization tools to state hazardous waste programs;

Measure the effectiveness and impact of state hazardous waste minimization activities on priority chemical reductions by conducting chemical and waste generation data analyses;

Disseminate technical and program information to the states, industry, and the general public;

Integrate waste minimization into other EPA programs and divisions.
What is Waste Minimization?
Waste Minimization is the reduction of wastes at their source before they are generated. Waste Minimization techniques focus on source reduction or environmentally sound recycling activities that reduce the volume and/or toxicity of hazardous wastes generated.
Even when hazardous wastes are stringently regulated and managed, they may sometimes pose environmental concerns. Accidents during handling and transportation of hazardous wastes can result in releases to the environment. EPA and the public devote billions of dollars annually to cleaning up contamination from past mismanagement of chemical wastes and properly managing wastes that are currently being generated. Better efforts to reduce chemical waste before it is even generated (i.e. waste minimization) would help lessen these concerns, as well as the need for these public and private expenditures on cleanups in the future.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has historically devoted much of its efforts on the "cradle-to-grave" management of hazardous wastes, including the development of controls at the ends of waste streams and the treatment and cleanup of pollutants after their generation. The shift in recent years from this traditional emphasis has been to a growing focus on the prevention of pollution at the source wherever possible.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) of 1984, describes a national policy emphasizing the primary priority as source reduction. In 1990, Congress further confirmed the key role of pollution prevention over waste management in environmental protection by passing the Pollution Prevention Act. On November 18, 1994, EPA released the Waste Minimization National Plan, which focuses on reducing the generation and subsequent release to the environment of the most persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic constituents (PBTs) in hazardous wastes.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Health is wealth,

Health is wealth, goes the old adage and it fits well with any generation. In the recent times we have a lot of engagements that make taking care of ourselves difficult to manage. As a result of which, while jet setting in different zones at work and at play, we take our health for granted. Most people equate health with eating regular meals and feasting on junk food. Even when cough and fever catch up on people, they think it is a part and parcel of their daily life. Most of them avoid doctors or a thorough investigation. Cold, Cough, Blood Pressure or an upset stomach and other such physical discrepancies are nothing but an indication that some thing has gone amiss in your body. If you are lucky then the body mechanisms will take care of their own, by balancing such discrepancies with little help from you- if you care to take some medicines, that is. This attribute of the body to balance the imbalances within is subject to age and the wear and tear of the body. So when you are younger, you will realize that being fit was never a rigorous task. But once age catches up, you will have to take small measures to keep your body’s wear and tear and defense mechanisms in a good condition at all times. That is the reason why doctors advise older people to have less spicy and oily food (risk of cholesterol) as the digestive track is not strong enough to sustain such heavy food.

But the true threat lies in the fact that even the younger generations face the risk of high anxiety thereby leading to high blood pressure, stress, fatigue, and tiredness. The fast track generation is exposed to great risk. This can lead to a decline in the average life expectancy too. It is not surprising, therefore, to learn that people below the age of 30 become victims of heart attack. In order to have a good and a healthy life, one needs to understand that health implies the well being of both physical and mental conditions of one’s body. One needs to keep his mental health in a great shape as well. Yoga, meditation and practicing the ancient Mudras has gained popularity in the recent age, as they ensure the well being of the mind as well as the body.

Merely going to the gym and having a perfect 10 body is not the answer to a healthy life. One needs to have good levels of resistance and body mechanisms in order to ensure that one’s life is long and healthy. Living a life that embodies virtues like patience, tolerance, good will and a good behavior towards people at large makes sure that one’s life is pleasant. When the mind is at peace, you realize that you have suddenly started living. For good physical health, it is important to understand your body and not to stress or cause any harm to it by smoking, or drinking. Eat well, and avoid anything that could cause harm to your body in the long run. Remember that health is wealth, and the secret to a happy and healthy long life is the well being of the mind and the body.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Hot Issues

California's Bottle & Can Recycling Law--The Bottle Bill

The nearly 20 year history of the California Bottle Bill has demonstrated that the combination of consumer recycling incentives and a convenient recycling infrastructure will result in greater recycling.

Since 1988, Californians have recycled more than 10 million tons of aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers. No other recycling program or policy in this state has resulted in higher recycling levels, and no program of its kind in the country has been found to be more cost effective.

Press Release: California Has Record-High Recycling Rates>>

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