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CLSA, Coalition Efforts Halt Los Angeles Takeback Ordinance; EPR Update in Other Counties
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June 17, 2016

On June 14, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 (2 abstained) to sidestep its original drug/sharps takeback ordinance and instead support a public education and outreach campaign with quarterly takeback events, as endorsed by CLSA and a host of national industry association partners. The approved motion directs the County staff to continue working with stakeholders and provide reports back, with a final update for the Board of Supervisors this November.

CLSA Pres. & CEO Sara Radcliffe Testifies before the LA County Board of Supervisors
CLSA Pres. & CEO Sara Radcliffe Testifies before the LA County Board of Supervisors

The original extended producer responsibility (EPR) ordinance introduced a year ago was expected to be passed by the end of last summer. However, through continued negotiations with the Supervisors, the County was tasked with holding numerous stakeholder meetings over the last year. The ordinance language was updated several times and the date for the formal hearing was postponed four times.

CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe attended the June 14 Board of Supervisors meeting, and provided testimony regarding concerns of CLSA and our industry stakeholders.

Supervisors Antonovich, Knabe, and Ridley-Thomas supported the new motion while Supervisors Kuehl and Solis abstained, expressing their disappointment in another delay on the overall ordinance.

While this represents a real and significant victory for manufacturers, it does not signal the end of the fight. With elections in November and the retirements of Supervisors who supported the education oud outreach approach, the new Board of Supervisors could well revisit the matter. Click here to learn more.

In other Counties’ news, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors passed a drug take back ordinance in early June by a vote of 3-1 with 1 abstention. CLSA testified as the sole opposition group at the hearing where the Chair stated he found CLSA’s points ‘compelling.’

Sonoma County is expected to hold its first hearing at the Board of Supervisors this upcoming August. Plans are underway to promote Sonoma’s EPR ordinance within Mendocino County, too. Additionally, Northern California’s Tehama County, situated halfway between Sacramento and the Oregon border, is researching take back options for their community.

CLSA will continue to advocate in Los Angeles and other Counties as these issues develop over the coming year. For further details or questions, please contact Reese Isbell, CLSA’s Director of Local Government & Community Relations (risbell@califesciences.org).