Californians Against Waste name Wieckowski Legislator of the Year

August 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) was honored by the environmental non-profit organization, Californians Against Waste (CAW) this week for his leadership and support for recycling legislation.

Each year CAW recognizes members of the Legislature for their efforts and dedication to advance waste reduction and recycling legislation in California at its annual “Birthday Bash” reception. This year, Senator Wieckowski was honored in recognition of his efforts to support recycling and waste reduction over the years, both as Chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, as well as his authorship of Senate Bill 168. Assemblymember Muratsuchi was also honored at the event.

Under his leadership, California has led the nation in ‘connecting the dots’ between the impacts of food and organic waste disposal and climate change, and enacted dozens of policies aimed at supporting and funding California’s next generation waste reduction and recycling efforts.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Californians Against Waste for my work on waste reduction and for striving to create markets for recycled materials right here in California,” said Senator Bob Wieckowski. “I am authoring SB 168 because by requiring minimum content standards on all beverage containers, we will reduce pollution and create jobs, benefiting our environment and economy.”

“Senator Wieckowski is keeping California at the forefront of recycling through his authorship of SB 168 this year, which has the potential to be a game-changer by establishing mandatory recycled content in beverage containers” said Mark Murray, Executive Director of Californians Against Waste. “California’s recycling sector has been hard hit by the loss of China’s recycling markets for empty plastic containers. Senator Wieckowski’s SB 168 will help address this emerging environmental crisis, while creating recycling manufacturing jobs in California.”

Founded in 1977, CAW is a non-profit environmental research and advocacy organization that identifies, develops, promotes and monitors policy solutions to pollution and conservation issues that pose threats to public health and the environment. CAW has pioneered and advocated for the implementation of many of the waste reduction and recycling policies and programs that have made California a leader in the nation.

Senator Wieckowski was honored at CAW’s 41st Birthday Bash, Tuesday, August 14th, at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.