Oct. 2, 2018 – -This legislative session saw a couple bills which dealt with organics recycling, one which would bolster this important industry and one that could put an end to it. The bill that the Almond Alliance supported was AB 3036 (Cooley) which Governor Brown just signed into law. The bill would exclude byproducts from processed food, if those byproducts are intended for use as animal feed, from the definition of waste under the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989.

AB 2632 (Santiago) was also signed by Governor Brown this week. This bill would ensure consumer product and food manufacturers cannot be deemed to have violated California’s “slack fill” law when the product’s exterior packaging contains information that clearly communicates the amount and size of the product contained the packaging. It was supported by a variety of business entities including the Agricultural Council of California, California Grocers Association, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Cal Chamber, and the California League of Food Processors.

The Governor vetoed AB 1165 (Caballero), which would have established the Agricultural Growth Council which would assist in regulatory alignments to aid grower compliance, reduce costs to the agricultural industry, and protect the environment. In his veto message the Governor stated “this bill is not warranted. The Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary, using her existing authority, can meet with other state agencies and identify how to improve regulatory coordination and efficiency.”