The Legislature finds and declares that is the policy of the state to conserve and protect its resources. The maintenance of a quality environment for the people of this state now and in the future is a matter of statewide concern.
The Legislature further finds and declares that the volume of solid waste generated within the state coupled with an increased rate in the consumption of paper products and the absence of adequate programs and procedures for the reuse of these materials threaten the quality of the environment and well-being of the people of California.
In making these findings the Legislature declares that the policy and intent of this article is to increase the public's awareness of the value of recycling and the need to recycle, and to improve environmental quality by the recycling of paper products.
(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 885.)