Photo: Newman

Newman, Jerry's nemesis on "Seinfeld." (April 18, 2012)

Newman, Jerry's diabolical post man nemesis in the beloved 1990s sitcom "Seinfeld," has made an appearance in the bill analysis for Assembly Bill 1933.

AB1933, introduced by Bay Area Assemblymember Rich Gordon on Feb. 22, 2012, seeks to decrease the limit of out-of-state recyclables required for a Calrecycle inspection. The old limits were 100 pounds of aluminum, bimetal and plastic and 1,000 pounds of glass. The bill would lower those limits to 25 and 250, respectively.

In short, it discourages people from cashing in on recyclables not purchased in California.

In a 1996 episode of “Seinfeld,” Newman (played by Wayne Knight) tries to haul his recyclables to Michigan for a higher redemption than the one in New York. Newman’s plan in the episode, of course, doesn’t pan out.

The analysis of AB 1933, references this episode:

“As the author notes, a 1996 episode television's Seinfeld featured the efforts of supporting character, Newman, to smuggle a mail truck loaded with beverage cans out of New York, which did not offer a beverage container redemption, and into Michigan, where the cans could be turned in for a five-cent redemption value. Calrecycle does not know how much beverage container material is imported into the state in attempts to fraudulently receive CRV for the material, a la Newman. However, the department has evidence to suspect the practice happens large scale.”

To read the full text of the bill, click here.

To read the full text of the bill’s analysis, click here.