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Recycling Rates on The Decline in California

California’s Bottle Bill is 30 years old, but the 30th anniversary comes with great concern about the recycling rates in the State.

Former Assembly member Burt Margolin (D-Los Angeles), the author of the legislation, Assembly Bill 2020, stated “The legislation set a goal of 80 percent beverage container recycling, which we exceeded in 2008, reaching as high as 85 percent in (2013). But as of mid-2017, recycling rates have slid backwards and now are at 77 percent. There’s an easy fix the Legislature can make in the next few weeks to reverse that trend.”

In the last two years more than 560 recycling centers (about 20%) have closed due to a decrease in recycler reimbursement levels. In terms of container quantity, 2.5 million fewer containers are being recycled per day compared to the last reporting period.

A legislation to address the recycling issue has been put forth by Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Phil Ting and is supported by the Brown Administration. However, it was ignored during recent budget negotiations and is likely to die unless taken up by the Legislature before it adjourns in mid-September.

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Power Restored for 405,000 Georgia Power Customers

Hurricane Irma’s affected about 1 million Georgia Power customers. The utility has restored power to over 405,000 customers in 24 hours, but as of 18:30 Tue, about 545,000 are still without power. Restoration estimates will be given after assessment is complete.

Georgia Power must wait until conditions are safe to begin power restoration. Rain, strong winds, and other factors such as blocked areas may also delay the assessment and restoration process.

Update – 18:30 Tuesday

The company is attending to over 9,800 cases (including broken lines and poles)

The hurricane has affected supply in several areas around Columbus, Savannah, Metro Atlanta, etc.

Under severe weather conditions, Georgia Power can use additional resources as part of the Southern Company system. The utility is also part of a national mutual assistance network of utilities. While Georgia Power has requested for help through the network, resources have been assigned to harder-hit areas in Florida.

Environment, Hybrid

2018 Honda Clarity Hybrid Leads in All-Electric Range Ratings

With EPA range rating of 47 miles/charge, Honda’s 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid has received the highest all-electric range rating among midsize plug-in hybrids.1  The hybrid will be released later in the year. Clarity has an EPA fuel economy rating of 110 combined MPGe1, and a gasoline only 44/40/42 MPG rating (city/highway/combined).1

According to Ray Mikiciuk, assistant VP Honda Auto Sales at American Honda Motor Co., “We think the combination of a class-leading 47 miles of all-electric driving range rating and a large, luxurious 5-passenger package will give us an advantage in the plug-in hybrid game.”

1 2018 model-year EPA ratings. Use for comparison only. MPG/MPGe and range vary depending on driving conditions, driving style, and vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery pack age/condition, etc.