Officials may seek exemption on organic waste law

A view looking down on John Smith Road Landfill that was started in 1976 on 90 acres.

County supervisors Tuesday are set to consider a proposal to seek an exemption on a law requiring recycling of organic commercial waste.
Assembly Bill 1826 calls for mandatory organic waste recycling, but allows exemptions for the smallest 19 counties, including San Benito. The exemption would continue through 2020, when CalRecycle would have the option of extending or terminating the exemption.
The state is requiring the recycling of organic waste to reduce the amount of it in landfills so it cuts back on greenhouse-gas emission.
If San Benito County wants to pursue the exemption, it must file a document explaining the purpose for the exemption with the state before July.

Leave your comments