Local Take Back Legislation Moves Inland

July 16, 2018
By Reese Isbell

The history of local take back measures in California has mostly focused around the heavily populated Counties near the Pacific Coast. Now, with the passage of a take back ordinance in rural Tehama County, the issue has moved inland.

Tehama County sits over two hours north of Sacramento in rural Northern California. With a population of approximately 63,000, its largest City, Red Bluff, consists of around 14,000 residents. The key motivator behind take back discussions and movement in Tehama County comes from the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC). The County’s Landfill Agency Manager, Kristina Miller, serves on the statewide Board of Directors for CPSC as its Treasurer.

County staff held several study sessions throughout the last two years and were joined by Executive Director Heidi Sanborn and other staff from CPSC. Further, CPSC was allowed to provide expert testimony as part of the County Health Services Agency’s staff presentations to the Board of Supervisors.

CLSA provided the lone industry testimony to the Board of Supervisors at their hearings to provide concerns and feedback on proposals. The County was also advised by CLSA of the current plans in the state legislature for a statewide solution. Click here to view CLSA’s comment letter.

The rural nature of the County was a key provision in the desire to move forward with their own ordinance before a statewide plan is put together. The unique differences inherent between urban and rural counties were often sited, especially for such things as convenience standards, access to collection points, and education and outreach to residents.

Efforts for a statewide solution are currently being negotiated in Sacramento around Senate Bill 212 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. For further information on take back developments in California, please contact Reese Isbell, CLSA’s Director of Local Government and Community Relations (