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  ( Division 30 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1096, Sec. 2. )

PART 3. STATE PROGRAMS [42000 - 42999]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1096, Sec. 2. )

CHAPTER 12. Public Information and Education [42600 - 42605]
  ( Chapter 12 repealed and added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 717, Sec. 20. )


The board shall establish a statewide public information and education program to encourage participation by the general public, business, government, and industry in all phases of integrated waste management. To the maximum extent possible, the public information and education program developed pursuant to this chapter shall be coordinated so as to not duplicate the efforts of other state agency public information programs for the promotion of source reduction, recycling, and composting. The public information and education program shall encourage participation in the board’s integrated waste management programs and in local and regional programs. The board’s program shall, at a minimum, include strategies and specific campaign activities to do all of the following:

(a) Encourage business and industry to reduce excess packaging of consumer products, to eliminate nonrecyclable contaminants from consumer goods, and to increase product durability. The board shall also promote waste handling practices which reduce waste generation by business and industry.

(b) Encourage consumers to reduce waste generation through selective purchasing and to encourage recycling at home and work.

(c) Encourage local government procurement of products containing recycled materials, integration of recycling into the community waste management infrastructure, and public participation in local waste management decisionmaking.

(d) Implement a “Buy Recycled” campaign to encourage business, industrial, and residential consumers to purchase products manufactured with, or packaged in, recycled materials. To promote the “Buy Recycled” program, the board shall develop a directory of California vendors providing recycled products and shall work to dispel myths regarding the inferiority of recycled products.

(e) Provide information to cities, counties, and regional agencies on programs implemented by the board pursuant to this section and strategies that may be pursued jointly by the board and cities, counties, and regional agencies to maximize coordination between state and local public information and education programs to reduce costs and improve efficiencies of state and local governments.

(f) Develop and disseminate to cities, counties, and regional agencies model public information materials and programs that can be used by those agencies in compliance with Sections 41220 and 41420.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1292, Sec. 57. Effective January 1, 1993.)


The board shall measure public information program effectiveness through research which establishes program benchmarks and tracks results. The results of that measurement shall serve as the basis for program modification.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1038, Sec. 26. Effective September 29, 1996.)


The board shall employ appropriate marketing techniques to disseminate its message, including radio and television advertising. The board may conduct paid advertising campaigns or solicit joint sponsorship of advertising campaigns by private industry for the purposes of complying with this chapter.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 717, Sec. 20.)


On or before January 1, 1993, the State Board of Education shall include in the science framework appropriate language addressing the issue of integrated waste management in the ecology and environmental studies areas.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 717, Sec. 20.)


The State Department of Education shall encourage participation in the integrated waste management education program established pursuant to this chapter in cooperation with the California Integrated Waste Management Board to satisfy the teaching requirements of the science framework adopted by the State Board of Education.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 717, Sec. 20.)

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