RCRC has formally requested aid in bringing relief to the state's solid waste and recycling operations amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Specifically, RCRC has asked for CalRecycle to grant exemptions on mandatory commercial organics diversion requirements, delays in implementing new regulations such as the short-lived climate pollutant organics measures, and leniency on penalties for current requirements that may not be met during the pandemic. 

"RCRC and ESJPA member counties must do our part to help ensure that our solid waste and recycling operations continue to serve California's residents during this emergency," said Siskiyou County Supervisor Michael Kobseff, Chair of the Rural Counties Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority. "We will doubtless see interruptions in service without immediate action by CalRecycle."

Local governments and the solid waste and recycling industries have been asking CalRecycle for relief since California's initial emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic, with the agency having offered no real guidance or response. Without swift action by CalRecycle, residents could soon see massive disruptions in service that last well beyond the expiration of the state's declaration.

RCRC's request to the legislature can be read here.