Under California's new state budget, the California Integrated Waste Management Board will lose its status as a separate state agency and become the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery of the California Natural Resources Agency.
The change, which takes effect Jan. 1, was made largely to eliminate the independent six-person board that oversaw CIWMB activities, as each member was paid a $132,000 annual salary.
As part of the budget law, the Department of Conservation, which administers California's bottle bill, will become the Division of Recycling within the state Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery.
This reorganization will deprive waste stakeholders of the recourse to a board structure, which in the past has allowed for extensive public input and has ensured that controversial decisions are made in public, the nonprofit environmental advocacy group Californians Against Waste said in a July 23 statement.
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