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
MullinD)

Introduced: 12/1/2014
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Household hazardous waste.
12/2/2014 - From printer. May be heard in committee January 1.
This bill currently contains intent language that would establish curbside collection, door-to-door, and residential pickup programs for household hazardous waste.
AB 190
HarperR)

Introduced: 1/27/2015
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Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.
1/28/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee February 27.
This bill would repeal provisions of SB 270 (Padilla) of 2014 related to single-use carryout bags. The bill would repeal the provision requiring CalRecycle to submit to the Legislature on March 1, 2018 a report on the status of the implementation of the program. This provision as well as most of SB 270 will be in operative if a pending referendum qualifies. The measure has an urgency clause.
AB 191
HarperR)

Introduced: 1/27/2015
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Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.
1/28/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee February 27.
This bill would repeal provisions of SB 270 (Padilla) of 2014 related to single-use plastic bags. This bill would repeal the requirement that a store that distributes recycled paper bags make those bags available for purchase for not less than $0.10. This provision as well as most of SB 270 will be inoperative if a pending referendum qualifies. The measure has an urgency clause.
AB 199
EggmanD)

Introduced: 1/29/2015
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Alternative energy: recycled feedstock.
2/9/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
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 590
DahleR)

Introduced: 2/24/2015
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
2/25/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 27.
This bill creates the Biomass State Cost Share Account and appropriates an unspecified amount of 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
BloomD)

Introduced: 2/24/2015
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Used oil.
2/25/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 27.
Current law authorizes the Department of Toxic Substances Control to regulate the disposal of hazardous waste, including used oil, and, for those purposes, defines "used oil" to mean oil that has been refined from crude oil, or any synthetic oil, that has been used, and, as a result of use or as a consequence of extended storage, or spillage, has been contaminated with physical or chemical impurities. This bill would clarify that the synthetic oil referred to in the definition of "used oil" may be from any source.
AB 640
DahleR)

Introduced: 2/24/2015
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Household hazardous waste.
2/25/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 27.
Current law authorizes public agencies to operate household hazardous waste collection facilities, as defined, and specifies conditions for the transportation of household hazardous waste. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the definitions pertaining to those provisions.
AB 864
WilliamsD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Solid waste facilities: temporary permits.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
Would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to adopt regulations to authorize an enforcement agency, upon the department's approval, to issue a temporary solid waste facilities permit to a person carrying out solid waste operations at a facility that is required under the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 to have a solid waste facilities permit, but for which a permit has not been obtained. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
AB 876
McCartyD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Compostable organics.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
Requires CalRecycle to work with the Air Resources Board to promote the use of compostable organics for critically needed alternatives to agricultural amendments and for low-carbon fuel manufacturing to reduce fugitive methane emissions associated with landfill and other waste operations..
AB 888
BloomD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Waste management: plastic microbeads.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
Would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2020, a person, as defined, from selling or offering for promotional purposes in this state a personal care product containing intentionally added plastic microbeads, as specified. The bill would exempt from those prohibitions the sale or promotional offer of a product containing less than 1 part per million (ppm) by weight of plastic microbeads, as provided. This bill contains other related provisions.
AB 901
GordonD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Solid waste: reporting requirements: enforcement.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
This bill provides CalRecycle with enforcement authority for previously enacted reporting requirements and streamlines CalRecycles reporting authority for recycling facilities and operations.
AB 988
Stone, MarkD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Grants Program.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
Would require the Department of Parks and Recreation to establish, on or before March 30, 2016, an Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Grants Program with the purpose of increasing the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor recreation and educational experiences by awarding grants to public organizations, nonprofit organizations, or both. This bill contains other related provisions.
AB 997
Allen, TravisR)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Recycling: plastic material.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
Would restate the policy goal of the state to provide that the goal is for not less than 75% of solid waste generated to be source reduced, recycled, used for power generation in dedicated anaerobic digesters as well as in modern landfills capturing methane gas, or composted by the year 2020, and annually thereafter. The bill would also require the department to investigate emerging technologies that convert used plastic, textile, and fiber products into new plastic feedstock and monomers, adopt regulations and protocols by January 1, 2017, that encourage waste-to-energy and waste-to-fuel pyrolysis projects that address the various types and grades of plastic, textile, and fiber products that are disposed of in landfills, and, beginning January 1, 2017, and each year thereafter, examine and report to the Legislature on possible incentives for locating in-state those businesses and organizations that practice state-of-the-art, cost-effective material separation and recovery techniques as well as those organizations that are now commercially developing the most cost-effective conversion of mixed plastic, textile, and fiber wastes to fuels. This bill contains other existing laws.
AB 1045
IrwinD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Composting facilities: streamline permitting and regulation.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
Requires CalRecycle in coordination with the Air Resources Board and the State Water Resources Control Board, to develop a streamlined permitting process for the regulation of composting facilities.
AB 1059
Garcia, EduardoD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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California Communities Environmental Health Screening.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
Would require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to update the California Communities Environmental Health Screening, developed by the agency and the office to implement the above requirements, by using any relevant environmental data relating to known impacts on the environmental quality of the communities in the California-Mexico border region. The bill would require the office to make a report to the Legislature on any barriers to accessing that data. This bill contains other existing laws.
AB 1062
BontaD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Environmental Justice Small Grant Program.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
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 may be awarded. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
AB 1063
WilliamsD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Solid waste: disposal facility: fees.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
Sets the disposal maximum disposal fee and an unspecified per ton amount and requires any moneys in addition to $1.40 per ton to be used to cover reasonable regulatory costs incurred by the department for solid waste oversight.
AB 1071
AtkinsD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Supplemental environmental projects.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 29.
Would require each board, department, and office within the California Environmental Protection Agency to establish a specified policy on supplemental environmental projects, as defined, that benefits environmental justice communities, as defined.
SB 47
HillD)

Introduced: 12/17/2014
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Environmental health: synthetic turf.
1/15/2015 - Referred to Com. on E.Q.
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. The bill requires The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to complete a study on potential health impacts from exposure to synthetic turf constructed with crumb rubber derived from waste tires by July of 2017. CalRecycle is required to consult on the study conducted by OEHHA.
SB 162
GalgianiD)

Introduced: 2/3/2015
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Treated wood waste: disposal.
2/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on E.Q.
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 367
WolkD)

Introduced: 2/24/2015
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Agriculture: environmental farming program: greenhouse gases.
2/25/2015 - From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 27.
States legislative intent to enhance the long-term viability of California agriculture by supporting activities that reduce global warming impacts, and to expand the membership of the Scientific Advisory Panel on Environmental Farming. The bill requires the panel to consider issues relating to climate change.
SB 489
MonningD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Public resources: photovoltaic modules.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 29.
Would prohibit an end-of-life photovoltaic module, as defined, from being disposed of at a solid waste disposal facility or a hazardous waste disposal facility, except that it would permit materials that have been separated from an end-of-life photovoltaic module to be disposed of at a solid waste disposal facility, if those materials are nonrecyclable and are not identified as hazardous waste. The bill would make a person who knowingly violates this provision liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $2,500 for each violation, as specified.
SB 509
HuesoD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Plastic products: labeling.
2/27/2015 - From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 29.
Would authorize the labeling of commercial agricultural mulch film, as defined, sold in the state as "soil biodegradable" if it meets a specified standard for biodegradability of plastics adopted by ASTM International and that standard is also adopted by the Director of Resources Recycling and Recovery. The bill also would make nonsubstantive changes relating to the definition of ASTM International.

Total Measures:23

Total Tracking Forms:23



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