California recycling overhaul plan dies in Legislature

SACRAMENTO — A California state senator on Thursday ended his effort to pass a bill requiring beverage distributors to create a new system to take back their own containers, though advocates said they will keep pushing the issue this year.

Democratic Sen. Bob Wieckowski of Fremont admitted defeat after his Senate Bill 372 fell four votes short of the 21 it needed to clear the 40-member Senate before this week’s deadline. In a statement, he called it “a setback for consumers who are looking to us to transform a broken system that is crumbling before our eyes.“ Read more

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