A California regulatory agency has criticized the timing of the stripes2stripes LLC plastic bag recycling program.
All five members of the California Integrated Waste Management Board signed a letter June 12 discouraging any recycling initiative that might distract the public from implementing the state's new law regulating plastic carryout bags, which took effect July 1.
Steven Joseph, chief executive officer of Tiburon, Calif.-based stripes2stripes, is scheduled to give a presentation on the program to CIWMB July 17.
``The state is dead wrong,'' Joseph said. ``Hopefully, after my appearance on the 17th, they will change their position and get behind this excellent program.''
Joseph said CIWMB did not contact him before writing the letter.
``I am filing various papers on what I think the board should be doing,'' he said in a recent telephone interview. ``Cities are banning plastic bags. What is going on? The answer is curbside recycling in the manner of stripes2stripes.''
CIWMB expressed concern that the stripes2stripes program ``may unnecessarily confuse the public about plastic bag recycling in California, should the program move forward.'' CIWMB said no rollout should occur while the public was learning about the new California law, which requires many grocers and pharmacists to collect, transport and recycle plastic bags.
``I think the state may be blocking an important go-green project,'' Joseph said. He said he has no problem with the California law and said stripes2stripes, while broader than the state's law, can supplement it.
``Stripes2stripes is a national program,'' Joseph said. ``[Assembly bill] 2449 is only a single-state program.''
Since early May, Joseph has listened to many sources and refined the stripes2stripes concept, which involves printing diagonal- stripe-shaped recycling logos on plastic bags and collecting used bags for recycling through material recovery facilities.
Joseph has wide-ranging aspirations for stripes2stripes and sees the program fitting within the growing national green trend. In recent years, Joseph has headed efforts to obtain trans fat bans in multiple locations and conducted an anti-graffiti campaign in San Francisco.
``We are looking at a green tsunami,'' Joseph said of corporate America. ``If an industry does not ride that tsunami, that industry will get drowned by it.''
CIWMB addressed its letter to the California Film Extruders and Converters Association of Newport Beach, Calif. Joseph made a stripes2stripes presentation at CFECA's June 12 meeting.