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SB-1048 Environmental education: source reduction and recycling.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/08/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1048


Introduced by Senator Allen

February 08, 2018


An act relating to environmental education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1048, as introduced, Allen. Environmental education: source reduction and recycling.
Existing law requires the Office of Education and the Environment in the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in cooperation with the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education, to develop and implement a unified education strategy on the environment for elementary and secondary schools in the state. Existing law requires the office, as a part of the strategy, to develop education principles for the environment that include concepts relating to various topics, including integrated waste management.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would add information about composting, food waste reduction, and reduction in the use of single use disposable plastics to the Office of Education and the Environment’s education principles for the environment.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) Greater public education is necessary to achieve the policy goal established pursuant to Section 41780.01 of the Public Resources Code that not less than 75 percent of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020, and the requirement established pursuant to Section 39730.6 of the Health and Safety Code of a 75 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by the year 2025.
(b) Food is the single most prevalent item in California’s waste stream, with over 5.5 million tons of food dumped in landfills every year in the state. Americans throw away an estimated 21 percent of the food they bring home, equivalent to more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.
(c) Consumer education to raise awareness of food waste and educating consumers about ways to reduce food waste have been identified as among the most effective strategies to prevent food waste.

SEC. 2.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would add information about composting, food waste reduction, and reduction in the use of single use disposable plastics to the Office of Education and the Environment’s education principles for the environment.