LOS ANGELES, CA — Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) establishing the Renter’s Right to Recycle Act which, starting next year, will require apartment owners to provide paper, plastic and can recycling services to their tenants. “We have finally overcome a great inequity,” said Blumenfield. “Renters want and deserve the same opportunities to recycle as everyone else.

Before this bill, many renters could recycle only by hauling their waste across town to a recycling center. Green living is the future and nothing is more basic than being able to recycle where you live.” Assembly Bill (AB) 818 requires the owners of multifamily housing with five or more apartments to provide recycling services to tenants starting next year. Blumenfield authored similar legislation in 2009, which was vetoed by former Governor Schwarzenegger, despite Blumenfield’s success in addressing concerns from apartment owners.

“This is a giant leap forward in expanding the power of every day acts to help save our environment and create thousands of green jobs,” added Blumenfield. AB 818 is supported by a range of environmental organizations, cities, and counties. Further information is available at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov.

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