Another new law

capitolNEW BILL MANDATING COMMERCIAL RECYCLING IS NOW IN EFFECT  (Press Release from Town of Mammoth Lakes)

Town of Mammoth Lakes, CA – A new State of California Bill (AB 341) directed by CalRecycle mandating commercial recycling in California went into effect July 1, 2012. The Town of Mammoth Lakes will continue to provide education and outreach to help the community comply with the new regulations.

The goal of AB 341 is to increase the statewide recycling rates to 75% by 2020. From July 1 2012, businesses and public entities that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week, including multi-family units of five or more will be required to recycle. The purpose of this new law is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts while expanding opportunities for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.

Please use the following link for additional information provided by CalRecycle that addresses the “Frequently Asked Questions:”

The Town of Mammoth Lakes (TOML), Sierra Conservation Project (SCP) and Mammoth Disposal (MD) are taking active steps to assist businesses and multi- family residences to comply with the new regulations.

The TOML, SCP and MD have been working together for several years to develop and grow recycling programs here in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

The following recycling programs are currently available within the Town of Mammoth Lakes:

 Commercial cardboard recycling  Restaurant and bar programs  Lodging and hospitality programs  Business recycling

 Office recycling  Residential recycling  Aluminum, plastic, and glass  E-Waste  Used oil and batteries

Some of the benefits of recycling identified by CalRecycle are creating jobs in California, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, keeping valuable materials out of landfills, and creating a healthy environment for the community and future generations by recovering natural resources.

For additional information regarding recycling programs and opportunities within the Town of Mammoth Lakes, visit: or contact Johnny Goetz at (760) 934-8989 ext. 244,


8 Responses to Another new law

  1. Liberty Bell July 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    ” The purpose of this new law is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” Honest introspection: What is the amount of greenhouse gasses that will be created and fossil fuels that will be burned to collect, process, and transfer recyclable materials to the recycling center? legislation will increase the need for plastic bags to store cans and a bottles. Thus, the manufacturing of plastic bags creates greenhouse gasses and comes from petroleum–a fossil fuels. Any population participating in this behavior will burn more fossil fuels in their vehicles bringing said recyclables to their recycling centers. On top of this, the recycling center will operate heavy machinery to sort, crush, compact and process the materials which will also burn fossil fuels and create greenhouse gasses. If our ultimate goal is to reduce greenhouse gasses, then why is it acceptable to implement legislation which compounds the issue? This legislation gives people a false sense of curbing global warming to betterment of the planet. News Flash: Global warming is a scam!

    • Devout Liberal July 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      Liberty Bell,

      Unfortunately you are correct and the truths hurts. I hate it when people use logic & common sense.

      When you get a chance watch ” Climategate ” It’s an eye opener !

      • Big AL July 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

        Well there you go .. even the greenies are shooting this legislation full of holes, so it must not be good at all, either that, or they just want to pitch a bitch about green house gasses … the root of all evil today.

        Really, it is a good thing, we do need to recycle, and while this bill is full of holes (stupid criteria) it is something we do need to do. Unfortunately neither county is set up to implement this bill.

        Both counties have some recycling, I don’t know the extent of Mono county’s efforts, but Inyo county does offer a fair amount of recycling. Yet is is very limited in it’s efforts to capture more recyclables on a broader scale. This takes money, as does everything, so how are we going to make this work?

        these law makers, don’t seem to take into account, that the state and local governments do not have extra money right now to do this. No one has the extra money to do it. Make another law to help the environment out, but how are we going to pay for it? It’s no wonder this state is going broke .. so many drains such as this at this time .. if .. and when we get back on our feet again .. is the time to do this sort of thing.

        • Jeremiah July 12, 2012 at 10:19 am #

          Maybe if we really made the cuts that would make the difference.
          Like not letting county workers take vehicles home, and start with that.
          The time is now to realize we cant keep this pace of corporate greed, waste, consuming, and feeding into the republican aganda (the rich mans party)! I agree with some veiws but will never agree with the policies they have adopted through time.

    • speaking of scams July 12, 2012 at 6:36 am #

      Sunspots and all the solar activity that’s going on right now is responsible for our current weather. The La Nina and La Nino patterns in the Pacific are a direct result of that solar activity. We are experiencing record-breaking heat worldwide. Accept this reality.

      Beware of those that claim to be the spokespersons for the “One true American” (or some BS like this) You can spot them by their monikers,
      ie., “Liberty Bell” “Freedom Fighter” … these government-haters and their polarizing nonsense is the true scam!

      They only make their heroes, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter … rich.

    • Jeremiah July 12, 2012 at 7:32 am #

      News flash!
      we cant keep wasting so much!

  2. Jeremiah July 12, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    This is is a step in the right direction.
    There is no way humanity can keep up the waste rates that we do today.
    All the packages and containers that we use to give us our products and nurish our bodies should be looked at in a diferent light. Us Americans are so fortunate, (no matter what class you are in).
    We get pampered on a daily basis to the point we feel entitled, Us as a society dont do enough to THANK our Mother Earth for all we receive.
    My family and I go through a rediculous amount of waste (plastics, cardboards, papers, etc.) and how can we take it for granted that we can keep that pace up?
    We as a society should make it illegal to throw away anything that can be reused! Why keep kicking the can down the road when we can make the sacrifice that really isnt to much out of or way, rather then get further away from the solution and our grandkids have to make a bigger sacrifice, (all because we didnt feel obligated to).
    We need to stop feeling entitled for all we receive and start showing some appreciation for all we get from Earths natural reasource’s.
    Please lets practice some Sustainability!

  3. salblaster July 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    sounds like another california tax program, just what the people need. most of these recycling centers are subsidized by government grants and are not profitable on their own. in most cases it costs more to seperate, clean and transport the raw material than to purchase on the open market ,its a losing business and in inyo and mono co’s our population is so small we dont even make up a drop in the bucket of the statewide picture. why force it on people, why not keep it volentary. it probably wont be to long till recycling is mandatory for all residences not just shopping centers and apartment buildings. there will probably be a new position in the police dept. trash inspecter general.


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