Say NO to Increased Fees and Threats to Public Safety from SB 1426

Join us as we advocate for more safe, effective and equitable waste management policies.

The Problems With SB 1426

SB 1426 is a bad bill that could lead to increased rates and jeopardize public health. This bill not only undermines local authority but also disrupts the advancements made by SB 54.

Moreover, it risks elevating waste collection costs for California residents.

Problem 1:

SB 1426 Threatens Local Control and May Inflate Waste Collection Costs

SB 1426, as proposed, could strip local communities of control over waste management decisions and potentially lead to higher waste collection rates for California residents.

Under SB 1426:

Local control over waste management could be preempted, undermining community autonomy. Progress made under SB 54 may be hindered, impacting the state’s waste management goals. There’s a risk of increased waste collection rates, burdening California ratepayers financially. We believe in supporting measures for improved waste diversion in California, but SB 1426, in its current form, poses significant risks to local authority and the affordability of waste collection services.

Problem 2:

SB 1426 May Jeopardize Public Health

This bill fails to distinguish between inert material, such as rubbish or trash, and put rescible material, like garbage. Proper management of rotting material is critical due to its potential threat to public health, which is why strict regulations are in place.

Key Points:

  • Inert material and putrescible material have vastly different implications for public health and environmental safety.
  • Waste haulers are subject to rigorous monitoring and regulation due to the potential risks associated with handling putrescible waste.
  • Many cities and counties lack the resources and capacity to effectively oversee and regulate an influx of new, less experienced entities into the market.

Without proper differentiation and regulation, there’s a heightened risk of public health hazards and environmental degradation.

Problem 3:

SB 1426 Creates an Unregulated Industry

The waste hauling industry is subject to extensive monitoring and regulation in the state. However, the challenge lies in the capacity of many cities and counties to effectively oversee and regulate the influx of numerous entrants into the marketplace.

Key Concerns:

  • Waste haulers operate within a heavily regulated environment, necessitating thorough oversight to ensure compliance with safety and environmental standards.
  • Cities and counties often lack the financial resources and infrastructure needed to adequately regulate the activities of a potentially large number of waste haulers.
  • The lack of oversight capacity poses risks in terms of environmental protection, public health, and community well-being.

Industry Voices

The Resource Recovery Coalition of California (RRCC) opposes SB 1426. While we support greater diversion of California’s waste material, your SB 1426, as proposed, preempts local control, interferes with the progress of SB 54, and may actually increase waste collection rates for California ratepayers.

Organics recycling is regulated by local government to safeguard public health. This bill provides an avenue for someone to bypass the local system without any oversight by the very agency whose job it is to protect the public. Accountability is gone. Bad behavior is encouraged, and consumers will bear the ultimate cost. SB 1426 is a deeply flawed bill.

California needs to build on our current system, not undermine it.

Join us in supporting efforts to build a sustainable future for California, where responsibility for waste management rests with the producers, not the taxpayers.

Opponents of SB 1426

Resource Recovery Coalition of California
California Waste Haulers Council
Republic Services
Waste Management
Waste Connections
Rural County Representatives of California
Californians Against Waste
California Compost Coalition