California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Current Priority Bills

Check this report regularly for information on current bills of interest to CalRecycle. Information on past bills of interest from prior legislative sessions is available from the archives.

Status of Priority Bills, 2015-2016 Session

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Measure Topic-Status Description
AB 45
Mullin D)

Amended:   4/30/2015
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Household hazardous waste.
5/28/2015 - In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
This bill would require each jurisdiction that provides for the residential collection and disposal of solid waste to increase the collection and diversion of household hazardous waste in its service area, on or before July 1, 2020, by 15% over a baseline amount, to be determined in accordance with Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery regulations. The bill would authorize the department to adopt a model ordinance for a comprehensive program for the collection of household hazardous waste to facilitate compliance with those provisions, and would require each jurisdiction to annually report to the department on progress achieved in complying with those provisions. 
AB 144
Mathis R)

Amended:   4/23/2015
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Dumping.
5/28/2015 - Referred to Com. on PUB. S.
This bill would make dumping waste matter on private property, including on any private road or highways, without the consent of the owner punishable by a fine between $250 and $1,000 for a first conviction, between $500 and $1,500 for a 2nd conviction, and between $750 and $3,000 for a 3rd or conviction. The bill would make a fourth or subsequent conviction a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 30 days and by a fine of not less than $750 nor more than $3,000. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
AB 190
Harper R)

Amended:   3/11/2015
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Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.
4/13/2015 - In committee: Set, second hearing. Failed passage. Reconsideration granted.
This bill would repeal the plastic bag ban. 
AB 191
Harper R)

Amended:   3/11/2015
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Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.
5/1/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was NAT. RES. on 4/14/2015)
This bill would declare that the plastic bag ban would only become effective if it is approved by voters at the 2016 general election. 
AB 199
Eggman D)

Introduced:   1/29/2015
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Alternative energy: recycled feedstock.
5/11/2015 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to REV. & TAX. suspense file.
This bill would expand projects eligible for the sales and use tax exclusion to include projects that process or utilize recycled feedstock, but would not include a project that processes or utilizes recycled feedstock in a manner that constitutes disposal. 
AB 385
Chu D)

Amended:   4/29/2015
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Solid waste facilities: local enforcement agencies.
5/26/2015 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
This bill would, until January 1, 2019, require the local enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the Newby Island Landfill to establish a Newby Island Landfill Community Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives of specified local government agencies, members of the public, and a representative of the landfill operator, to hold public meetings, relating to the proposed Newby Island Landfill expansion and take other actions as provided. By imposing new duties on a local enforcement agency, this bill would create a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws 
AB 435
Chang R)

Amended:   5/28/2015
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California Environmental Protection Agency: Natural Resources Agency: Web casts of public meetings and workshops.
5/28/2015 - From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 17. Noes 0.) (May 28). Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.
Would require that each department, board, and commission of the Natural Resources Agency and each department, board, and office of the California Environmental Protection Agency Web cast all onsite public meetings , in a manner that enables listeners and viewers to ask questions and provide public comment by telephone or electronic communication commensurate with those attending the meeting . The bill would require the agencies to make the recording of a Web cast available online for no less than 3 years for subsequent viewing by interested members of the public.  
AB 590
Dahle R)

Amended:   5/28/2015
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
5/28/2015 - From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 17. Noes 0.) (May 28). Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.
This bill creates the Biomass State Cost Share Account and appropriates moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the account. Moneys in the account would be available for expenditure by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission in support of biomass power generation in the state. 
AB 628
Bloom D)

Introduced:   2/24/2015
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Used oil.
5/21/2015 - Referred to Com. on E.Q.
Current law defines used oil as oil that has been refined from crude oil, or any synthetic oil, that has been used.....This bill would specify that synthetic oil derived from any source can be considered synthetic oil. 
AB 640
Dahle R)

Introduced:   2/24/2015
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Household hazardous waste.
5/15/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was PRINT on 2/24/2015)
This bill is currently a committee spot bill and makes nonsubstantive changes to the Health and Safety code related to household hazardous waste.  
AB 761
Levine D)

Amended:   4/21/2015
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Carbon sequestration: working lands.
5/28/2015 - Do pass as amended.
This bill would, upon appropriation by the Legislature, direct the California Department of Food and Agriculture, to administer a grant program to fund projects that increase carbon sequestration in agricultural soils, improve soil water retention, and increase the resilience of working lands to climate change and drought.  
AB 864
Williams D)

Amended:   4/30/2015
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Solid waste facilities: temporary permits.
5/28/2015 - Referred to Com. on E.Q.
This bill requires CalRecycle to adopt regulations that authorize a local enforcement agency to issue a temporary solid waste facilities (SWF) permit, with CalRecycle approval, to a person operating a SWF that has been determined by an LEA to require a permit. The regulations shall require the owner/operator of a SWF to submit an application for a temporary permit within 60 days of a determination by an LEA that a permit is needed; include the period of time the temporary permit shall be in effect, the types and operational status of SWF facilities eligible for a temporary permit, and an agreement to a monthly inspection of the facility by the LEA. 
AB 876
McCarty D)

Amended:   4/6/2015
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Compostable organics.
5/28/2015 - From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 5.) (May 28).
This bill would require each countywide siting element to provide an estimate of the total organics processing capacity that will be needed over a 15-year period to safely handle organic wastes generated with the county and to identify areas for the location of organics processing facilities, if needed or desired. 
AB 888
Bloom D)

Amended:   4/22/2015
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Waste management: plastic microbeads.
5/22/2015 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
This bill would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2020, the sale or offer for promotional purposes, any personal care products containing plastic microbeads. It would also establish the Plastic Pollution Fund to implement and administer this law. April 6 amendments removed CalRecycle's role as the enforcement agency from the bill. 
AB 901
Gordon D)

Amended:   4/20/2015
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Solid waste: reporting requirements: enforcement.
5/28/2015 - From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 17. Noes 0.) (May 28). Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
This bill provides CalRecycle with enforcement authority for existing disposal reporting requirements and streamlines reporting authority for recycling facilities and operations. 
AB 988
Stone, Mark D)

Amended:   4/29/2015
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Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Grants Program.
5/28/2015 - From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 1.) (May 28).
This bill would require the Department of Parks and Recreation to establish an Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Grants Program to increase the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor recreation and educational experiences by awarding grants to public or nonprofit organizations. 
AB 997
Allen, Travis R)

Introduced:   2/26/2015
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Recycling: plastic material.
5/1/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was NAT. RES. on 3/16/2015)
This bill would include in the state's 75 percent diversion goals, solid waste that is used for power generation in dedicated anaerobic digesters. 
AB 1030
Ridley-Thomas D)

Amended:   5/5/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
5/22/2015 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
This bill would , for projects involving hiring, require priority be given to projects that include partnerships with training entities that have a proven track record of placing disadvantaged workers in career-track jobs. 
AB 1045
Irwin D)

Amended:   4/20/2015
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Organic waste: composting.
5/28/2015 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
This bill would require the California Environmental Protection Agency, in coordination with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, to develop and implement policies to aid in diverting organic waste from landfills by promoting the composting of organic waste. The bill would require the agency to promote a goal of reducing at least 5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year through the development and application of compost on working lands, and would authorize the agency to work with the Department of Food and Agriculture to achieve this goal. 
AB 1062
Bonta D)

Amended:   4/7/2015
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Environmental Justice Small Grant Program.
5/28/2015 - From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 17. Noes 0.) (May 28). Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
This bill would include the implementation, including planning, engineering, significant infrastructure improvements, and constructing, of physical projects that improve the environment or the environmental health of the community, or that address a specific environmental justice need, among the purposes for which a grant for projects that are based in communities with the most significant exposure to pollution may be awarded. It would further require each entity within CalEPA to expend and amount equal to not less than 1 percent of its annual operating budget for these grants. 
AB 1063
Williams D)

Amended:   4/20/2015
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Solid waste: disposal facility: fees.
5/21/2015 - Referred to Com. on E.Q.
Would require, on or before July 1, 2016, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, to hold a public hearing and workshop to develop a proposal for the Legislature regarding a new solid waste management fee which would provide the department with the revenue necessary to carry out certain actions. 
AB 1071
Atkins D)

Amended:   5/7/2015
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Supplemental environmental projects.
5/28/2015 - Joint Rule 62(a), file notice suspended. From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 17. Noes 0.) (May 28). Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
This bill would require each board, department, and office within the California Environmental Protection Agency to establish policy on supplemental environmental projects that benefits environmental justice communities. 
AB 1103
Dodd D)

Amended:   5/19/2015
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Solid waste: organic waste.
5/26/2015 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
Every jurisdiction is required to implement a mandatory organic waste recycling program by January 1st 2016. As it relates to jurisdiction's programs, this bill would define the terms "food-soiled paper" and "food waste," which are materials that must be included in a jurisdiction's program. 
AB 1108
Low D)

Amended:   5/5/2015
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Beverage containers: recycling.
5/26/2015 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
This bill would prohibit a certified recycling center from accepting or paying a refund value to a consumer for more than 50 pounds of aluminum beverage containers or plastic beverage containers, or any combination thereof, or 500 pounds of glass beverage containers, submitted by that consumer to the certified recycling center during a single 24-hour period. 
AB 1136
Steinorth R)

Introduced:   2/27/2015
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Reusable grocery bag and recycled paper bag: fee: exemptions.
5/15/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was NAT. RES. on 5/6/2015)
Subject to the referendum petition, this bill would expand the group of customers who would be provided a reusable grocery bag or a recycled paper bag at no cost at the point of sale to include a customer who is 65 years of age or older and a customer who provides proof of current attendance at a California college or university. 
AB 1144
Rendon D)

Amended:   4/14/2015
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California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: unbundled renewable energy credits.
5/22/2015 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
This bill would allow unbundled renewable energy credits to be used to meet a portion of the renewables portfolio content requirements, if the energy is generated from landfill gas or digester gas technology used for the generation of electricity, and meets certain conditions. 
AB 1159
Gordon D)

Amended:   4/21/2015
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Product stewardship: pilot program: household batteries and home-generated sharps waste.
5/28/2015 - In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
This bill would establish a Product Stewardship Pilot Program and, until January 1, 2024, would require producers and product stewardship organizations of covered products, defined to mean a consumer product that is used or discarded in this state and is either home-generated sharps waste or household batteries, to develop and implement a product stewardship plan, as specified. 
AB 1239
Gordon D)

Amended:   5/5/2015
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Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program.
5/28/2015 - Joint Rule 62(a), file notice suspended. From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 12. Noes 5.) (May 28).
This bill would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to determine a California tire regulatory fee in an amount that is sufficient to generate revenues equivalent to the reasonable regulatory costs incurred by the department incident to audits, inspections, administrative costs, adjudications, manifesting, registration, and other regulatory activities regarding these waste tire generators, but not to exceed $1.25 per new tire sold. It would require a waste tire generator to pay the regulatory tire fee according to a schedule of amounts to be determined by the department. 
AB 1247
Irwin D)

Amended:   3/24/2015
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Sales and use taxes: exemption: organic input material.
5/11/2015 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to REV. & TAX. suspense file.
This bill would exempt from sales and use taxes the gross receipts from the sale in this state of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, organic input material, as defined, to be applied to land, the products of which are to be used as food for human consumption or are to be sold in the regular course of business. 
AB 1256
Williams D)

Introduced:   2/27/2015
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Solid waste: administration.
5/15/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was PRINT on 2/27/2015)
This would make nonsubstantive changes to the provision establishing the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. According to the Author's office this bill is not intended to be moved forward. 
AB 1324
Williams D)

Amended:   3/26/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
5/15/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was NAT. RES. on 4/6/2015)
This bill would make changes to findings and declarations related to the states 2020 emission cap. The changes specify that Air Resources Board plan for emission reduction beyond 2020. 
AB 1367
Williams D)

Introduced:   2/27/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
5/15/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was PRINT on 2/27/2015)
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the requirement that the Air Resources Board adopt regulations to require the reporting and verification of statewide greenhouse gas emissions and to monitor and enforce compliance with the program. 
AB 1377
Thurmond D)

Introduced:   2/27/2015
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Solid waste: recycling: diversion: green material.
5/15/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was NAT. RES. on 3/23/2015)
This bill deletes obsolete provisions of The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 related to the adoption of regulations. 
AB 1419
Eggman D)

Amended:   5/5/2015
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Recycling centers.
5/22/2015 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
Would authorize CalRecycle to revoke the certification of a certified recycling center that is found to be abandoned. 
AB 1435
Alejo D)

Introduced:   2/27/2015
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Hazardous waste: toxics: packaging.
5/26/2015 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
Current law defines a package to mean any container, produced either domestically or in a foreign country, providing a means of marketing, protecting or handling a product from its point of manufacture to its sale to a consumer and also includes unsealed receptacles, including carrying cases, crates, cups, pails, rigid foil, and other trays, wrappers and wrapping films, bags, and tubs. This bill would exclude a glass beverage container and a glass food or drink container from the definition of a package. 
AB 1447
Alejo D)

Amended:   5/5/2015
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Solid waste: food and beverage packaging.
5/28/2015 - In committee: Held under submission.
Requires, on and after January 1, 2017, a California manufacturer of containers primarily composed of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to report to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, information regarding the total amount of tons of new PET plastic packaging made for sale by that manufacturer. Requires PET manufacturers to included a minimum of 10 percent recycled content in their manufacturing process. Additionally, this bill would clarify that for purposes of the minimum postfilled glass requirement, a glass container manufacturer in the state includes a glass container manufacturer who imports glass containers from outside of the state for filling. 
SB 47
Hill D)

Amended:   3/25/2015
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Environmental health: synthetic turf.
5/28/2015 - May 28 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
This bill would prohibit public and private schools, and local governments from installing synthetic turf fields, constructed with recycled crumb rubber from waste tires, from January 1st, 2016 - January 1st 2018, unless certain conditions are met. The bill requires The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to complete a study on potential health impacts from exposure to synthetic turf fields constructed with crumb rubber derived from waste tires, and an evaluation of the differences between fields and playgrounds covered with synthetic and nonsynthetic turf, by July of 2017. This bill would require CalRecycle to consult on the study conducted by OEHHA. 
SB 162
Galgiani D)

Amended:   5/5/2015
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Treated wood waste: disposal.
5/28/2015 - From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (May 28). Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
This bill deletes the January 1, 2017 sunset date on a provision of law that requires treated wood waste to be disposed of in a class I landfill, or in a composite lined portion of a solid waste landfill that meets specific requirements, making the section permanently operative. 
SB 179
Berryhill R)

Introduced:   2/9/2015
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Secondhand goods: junk dealers.
5/15/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was RLS. on 2/19/2015)
Current law prohibits a junk dealer or recycler from possessing a reasonably recognizable, disassembled, or inoperative fire hydrant or fire department connection, a manhole cover or lid, or a backflow device, as described, that was owned by an agency, without a written certification on the agency's letterhead that the agency either has sold the material described or is offering the material for sale, as specified. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions. 
SB 207
Wieckowski D)

Amended:   3/24/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
5/14/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Current law requires a state agency expending moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to create a record, prior to the expenditure, that includes, among other things, a description of the expenditure proposed to be made and a description of how the proposed expenditure will contribute to achieving and maintaining greenhouse gas emissions reductions, as specified. This bill would require that record to be posted on the Internet Web sites of the state agency and the State Air Resources Board prior to the state agency expending those moneys 
SB 225
Wieckowski D)

Introduced:   2/13/2015
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Recycling: used tires.
5/5/2015 - In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Current law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to adopt a 5-year plan, which is to be updated biennially, to establish goals and priorities for waste tire programs. This bill would require the department, when adopting the 5-year plan and expending those appropriated funds, to ensure that the expenditure of funds pursuant to the California Tire Recycling Act, reflects the California Integrated Waste Management Act's priorities for waste reduction and recycling. 
SB 423
Bates R)

Introduced:   2/25/2015
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Pharmaceutical waste: over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements.
3/26/2015 - April 15 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
This bill would exclude from the definition of "pharmaceutical waste," for purposes of regulation under the act, any over-the-counter human or veterinary drug or dietary supplement that is, among other things, characterized and managed as a hazardous or solid waste and, with respect to an over-the-counter human or veterinary drug, is not disposed of on land within the state. 
SB 489
Monning D)

Amended:   4/6/2015
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Hazardous waste: photovoltaic modules.
5/22/2015 - Referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
Under existing law, the hazardous wastes that are deemed exempt from the Hazardous Waste Control Law are known as "universal waste" and are regulated pursuant to universal waste management provisions. This bill would authorize the department to adopt regulations to designate end-of-life photovoltaic modules that are identified as hazardous waste as a universal waste and subject those modules to universal waste management. The bill would authorize the department to revise the regulations as necessary. 
SB 509
Hueso D)

Introduced:   2/26/2015
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Plastic products: labeling.
5/1/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was E.Q. on 3/12/2015)
This bill would authorize the labeling of commercial agricultural mulch film sold in the state as "soil biodegradable," if it meets a standard for biodegradability of plastics adopted by ASTM International, and that standard is also adopted by the Director of Resources Recycling and Recovery. 
SB 625
Galgiani D)

Amended:   4/20/2015
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Waste management: synthetic plastic microbeads.
5/1/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was E.Q. on 4/22/2015)
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would prevent water pollution from synthetic plastic microbeads. 
SB 662
Committee on Environmental Quality)

Introduced:   2/27/2015
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Recycling.
5/22/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill is intended to provide CalRecycle the authority to make payments to local governing bodies, also known as zone administrators, for promoting and administering the Research Market and Development Zone (RMDZ) program. This bill also extends the reporting date for paint manufacturers to submit a report to CalRecycle from "on or before September 1, 2013,” to on or before November 1, 2016. 
SB 687
Allen D)

Amended:   5/5/2015
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Renewable gas standard.
5/28/2015 - May 28 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
Would require the State Air Resources Board, on or before June 30, 2016, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the Public Utilities Commission, to adopt a carbon-based renewable gas standard, as defined and specified, that requires all gas sellers, as defined, to provide specified percentages of renewable gas meeting certain deliverability requirements, to retail end-use customers for use in California, that increases over specified compliance periods. 
SB 732
Pan D)

Amended:   4/6/2015
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Beverage container recycling.
5/1/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was E.Q. on 4/6/2015)
Prohibits CalRecycle from reducing the processing fee requirements for any beverage manufacturer unless the manufacturer meets or exceeds use of minimum recycled content in the manufacturing process. 
SB 742
Hertzberg D)

Amended:   4/6/2015
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Solid waste: diversion.
5/28/2015 - May 28 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to some of the provisions of the Integrated Waste Management Act. According to the Author's office there are no plans for the bill at this time. 
SB 778
Allen D)

Amended:   4/20/2015
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Automotive oil source reduction.
5/28/2015 - May 28 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
The California Oil Recycling Enhancement Act establishes a program to encourage the recycling of oil administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. A violation of the act is a crime. This bill, on and after January 1, 2018, would require all automotive oil sold in this state to be certified by the oil manufacturer to achieve a minimum useful life of 10,000 miles when used in accordance with the automobile manufacturer’s recommendations, and to meet current automotive industry standards. A violation of these provisions would be a crime, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program.  

Total Measures: 50

Total Tracking Forms: 50



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