Calif. governor signs bill to curb grease theft

The new law increases registration requirements for grease haulers, stiffens penalties for noncompliance of record-keeping, and gives law enforcement authority to seize vehicles involved in grease theft
By Ron Kotrba | September 30, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law intended to help combat the growing problem of grease theft in the state. Assembly Bill 1566 increases registration requirements for grease haulers, stiffens penalties for noncompliance of record-keeping, and gives law enforcement authority to seize vehicles involved in the theft of inedible kitchen grease.

Biodiesel Magazine first brought this draft bill to light in an article published Jan. 28, following the California Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Conference in San Diego.

Existing law already requires licensed renderers to record and keep paperwork for two years, including specific information such as name, address and registration number of IKG transporters that have made deliveries. The new law increases the penalties for noncompliance from $500, $1,000 and $2,000 for first, second and third offenses, respectively, to $1,000, $2,000 and $10,000.

David Isen, asset protection manager for Imperial Western Products, told Biodiesel Magazine the new law is a step in the right direction. “But the question is, what are we going to do from here to enforce these laws, and how do we teach law enforcement, and the general public, how to be effective?”

At the California Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Conference in January, Isen gave tips that California law enforcement and the general public could use to identify grease thieves. He advised to watch for an expired or fake IKG sticker on collection trucks or no sticker at all. He said grease thieves’ trucks will often lack company signage and a California business license number. Their collection vehicles are often dirty and atypical, and may be lacking a TK or TL sticker indicating it’s a licensed truck or trailer. He also said to be wary of collectors operating between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

To read the full text of the law, click here

 

 
 
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