AB 222 in California would have given staged incinerators like gasification and pyrolysis new incentives through making them eligible for the state renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) and would have made them equal to recycling in the state waste reduction requirements. Communities across California and the US have stopped dozens of proposals for these types of incinerators because of the consequences to health, the environment, the climate, and the local economy, and because recycling and composting provide far more jobs. California’s strong recycling policies would have been weakened by these incentives.
AB 222 was defeated after a two year fight in the 2009-2010 session. A few days before the end of the session in August, all of the waste-related language was stripped out the bill and it was replaced with new language about childcare — this new language with the same bill number was passed.
Labor, environmental, and recycling organizations joined together to defeat this example of bad waste policy, and together we will create more opportunities for waste diversion, recycling and composting — not to mention job growth.