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, 2013-2014 Session

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Measure Topic-Status Description
AB 333
Wieckowski D)

Amended:   8/20/2014
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Medical waste.
8/20/2014 - Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
This bill would make changes to the Medical Waste Management Act. (As amended 6/24/2014) 
AB 997
Chesbro D)

Amended:   6/18/2013
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Solid waste: enforcement agencies.
9/13/2013 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(14). (Last location was INACTIVE FILE on 8/15/2013)
This bill would clarify the authority of a local enforcement agency by expressly stating that in carrying out the functions of CalRecycle, it is independent of the local governing body; but, in the event it is carrying out duties beyond those authorized by CalRecycle, it is governed by local ordinances. 
AB 1179
Bocanegra D)

Amended:   8/5/2014
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Recycling: waste tires: public works projects.
8/12/2014 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
This bill states that public works projects that use tire-derived products, to create parklets or greenways are eligible for tire-derived product grants. This bill Requires CalRecycle, in awarding grants for parklets or greenways to give priority to disadvantaged communities. (As amended 8/5/14) 
AB 1594
Williams D)

Amended:   8/4/2014
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Solid waste: recycling: diversion: green material.
8/18/2014 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
This bill would, beginning January 1, 2020: provide that the use of green material as alternative daily cover is disposal and does not constitute diversion through recycling. Exempt disposal of green material used as alternative daily cover, from the Integrated Waste Management Account Fee. Require CalRecycle, when conducting its regular jurisdictional review, to consider certain mitigating factors specific to a jurisdictions ability, or inability, to divert green material and how those factors may impact the jurisdictions ability to meet its per capita disposal mandate, prior to determining whether a jurisdiction that failed to meet its per capita disposal mandate should be granted “Good Faith Approval.” (As amended 7/1/14)  
AB 1603
Stone D)

Introduced:   2/5/2014
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Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Program.
5/23/2014 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/23/2014)
This bill was held in Assembly Appropriations Committee- 5/23 Establishes an Outdoor Environmental Education Program under the Department of Parks and Recreation. Grants would be awarded to education programs that are operated by public entities or nonprofit organizations. The director of the Outdoor Environmental Education Program would provide a report to the legislature detailing how programs are selected for grants by January 1, 2016. The bill prioritizes organizations that work to increase the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor recreation and educational activities. Priority would also be given to programs that align with Common Core standards and integrate instruction in STEM subjects. The provisions in AB 1603 expire January 1, 2019.(As amended 2/5/14) 
AB 1826
Chesbro D)

Enrollment:   8/21/2014
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Solid waste: organic waste.
8/21/2014 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
This bill require a commercial business to arrange for recycling services for organic waste on the following schedule: January 1, 2016 for generators of eight cubic yards of organic waste per week, January 1, 2017 for generators of 4 yards of organic waste per week, January 1, 2019 for generators of 4 cubic yards of solid waste. Requires local jurisdictions to adopt an organic waste recycling program by January 1, 2016, and include information about their organic waste recycling program in the annual electronic report to CalRecycle. Require CalRecycle to recommend actions to address permitting and siting challenges, and work with local government and industry to provide assistance and incentives for increasing the feasibility of organic waste recycling.(As amended 7/1/2014)  
AB 1846
Gordon D)

Enrolled:   8/21/2014
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Beverage containers: enforcement.
8/18/2014 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 76. Noes 0.).
Authorizes CalRecycle to suspend or revoke handling fees from a certified recycling center as a form of disciplinary action if the recycling center is found guilty of committing fraud or deceit. This bill also clarifies that a certified recycling center or processor shall not pay any refund value, processing payment, or administrative fee if the center knew or should have known that the containers are ineligible for redemption. Additionally, this bill specifies that the act of labeling a beverage container must not, in and of itself, be deemed to aid in the redemption of ineligible beverage containers.(Amended 6/24/14)  
AB 1935
Campos D)

Amended:   6/30/2014
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Electricity: clean distributed energy resources.
8/15/2014 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(14). (Last location was S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/14/2014)
Revises the scope of an existing biennial report on the electricity grid impacts of distributed generation to focus instead on "clean distributed energy resources" and defines this term for purposes of the bill. The bill also includes resources eligible for the RPS in the "clean" category, but only those renewables that use organic waste or biogas. 
AB 1970
Gordon D)

Amended:   4/10/2014
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Community Investment and Innovation Program.
5/23/2014 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/23/2014)
This bill was held in Assembly Appropriations Committee - 5/23 Creates the Community Investment and Innovation Program and requires moneys to be available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for local assistance grants and other financial assistance to eligible grant applicants who submit plans to develop community-level GHG reduction projects in their region, including projects that divert solid waste from landfills.(As amended 4/10/14)  
AB 2037
Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review)

Introduced:   2/20/2014
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Environmentally preferable purchasing.
5/23/2014 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was A. APPR. on 3/26/2014)
Requires DGS to create a process to track environmentally preferable purchases by a state agency, department, and other state entities, and to annually post specified information regarding these purchases on the DGS’s Internet Web site. 
AB 2251
Yamada D)

Enrollment:   8/21/2014
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Weights and measures: beverage containers: redemption value.
8/21/2014 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
This bill provides investigative and enforcement authority to Department of Food and Agriculture (DFA) and county sealers to enforce the requirement that dealers are prohibited from charging more for a redemption payment than the actual California redemption value (CRV). (Amended 7/02/14)  
AB 2355
Levine D)

Enrollment:   8/21/2014
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Local agencies: streets and highways: recycled materials.
8/21/2014 - Assembly Rule 77 suspended. Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
Requires a local agency that has jurisdiction over a street or highway to either adopt the standards developed by the Department of Transportation for recycled paving materials and for recycled base, subbase, and pervious backfill materials, or discuss why it is not adopting those standards at a regularly scheduled public hearing. 
AB 2371
Mullin D)

Amended:   8/13/2014
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Pharmaceutical waste management: exemption: over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements.
8/13/2014 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on E.Q.
This bill was a gut and amend and now exempts over-the-counter pharmaceuticals from the definition of pharmaceutical waste. (As amended 08/13/2014) 
AB 2467
Nestande R)

Amended:   5/5/2014
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California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: market development payments.
8/18/2014 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
This bill would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) to pay Plastic Market Development Payments to both certified entities and product manufactures for empty plastic beverage containers. (Amended 5/05/14) 
AB 2675
Lowenthal D)

Introduced:   2/21/2014
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State agency: public contracts.
8/18/2014 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Existing law requires each state agency to ensure that at least 50% of certain goods and material purchased be recycled products. This bill increases the percentage to at least 75% of reportable purchases by January 1, 2020.  
AB 2748
Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials)

Amended:   8/20/2014
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Hazardous waste: business plans.
8/21/2014 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
The bill would remove the requirement for owners or operators of a location that collects recyclable latex paint to have a business plan unless the business handles at any one time during the reporting year a total weight of 10,000 pounds for solid hazardous waste material or 1,000 gallons of liquid hazardous materials that is a paint that will be recycled or managed under an architectural paint recovery program approved by CalRecycle. It should be noted that AB 2748 contains chaptering language to prevent a chaptering conflict with SB 1261 (Jackson).As amended 8/20/2014) 
AB 2764
Committee on Natural Resources)

Amended:   8/19/2014
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Public resources.
8/19/2014 - Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
As amended on July 1, this bill would add solid waste that exists in the waters of the state as an eligible grant activity for the Solid Waste Disposal and Codisposal Cleanup Grant Program. 
SB 270
Padilla D)

Amended:   8/21/2014
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Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.
8/21/2014 - Read third time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
Prohibits on and after July 1, 2015, a retail establishment, defined as having gross annual sales of two million dollars or more, or at least 10,000 square feet of retail space, from providing a single-use carryout bag to a customer at the point of sale. On and after July 1, 2016, this bill would expand to convenience food stores, prohibiting them from providing a single-use carryout bag to a customer. The bill would instead allow recycled paper bags, compostable plastic bags, or reusable bags to be made available for purchase at $0.10, and provided free of charge to specified food program participants. It would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to certify reusable bag producers, and publish a list to its website that includes the name and location of all bag producers that have been certified, and establish a fee schedule that will generate revenues sufficient to cover CalRecycle’s costs to certify that the bags meet specified requirements. This bill would appropriate $2 million from the Recycling Market Development Revolving Loan subaccount for loans and grants to keep jobs and economic activity in the state for the manufacturing and recycling pf plastic bags. (Amended 5/20/14) 
SB 498
Lara D)

Enrolled:   8/21/2014
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Solid waste: biomass conversion.
8/20/2014 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 33. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
This bill would expand the existing definition of biomass conversion to include noncombustion thermal conversion technologies that produce heat, fuel or electricity. This bill would require local enforcement agencies to inspect designated biomass feedstock as solid waste facilities. Beginning April 1, 2016, this bill would require biomass facilities operating in California to submit information to the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery annually including data on the total amount, type, and source of material accepted and rejected by the facility, and the name and location of the final end-user of ash or other by-products produced by the facility. (As amended 6/26/14) 
SB 1014
Jackson D)

Amended:   8/6/2014
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Pharmaceutical waste: home generated: collection.
8/15/2014 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(14). (Last location was A. APPR. on 8/6/2014)
This bill would require the Board of Pharmacy to develop regulations, in consultation with CalRecycle and the Department of Public Health, for a collection and disposal program for home-generated pharmaceutical waste within 18 months of the enactment of federal regulations regarding the collection of unwanted or expired controlled substances from the public. (As amended 08/06/2014) 
SB 1125
Pavley D)

Amended:   5/13/2014
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions reduction.
5/23/2014 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/23/2014)
This bill would require ARB, on or before January 1, 2016, and in consultation with the Climate Action Team, develop reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions and short-lived climate pollutants for 2030. The bill would require the state board to report to the Legislature on those targets. The bill, on January 1, 2020, would declare inoperative the requirement that the state board report to the Legislature. 
SB 1249
Hill D)

Amended:   8/4/2014
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Hazardous waste: shredder waste.
8/20/2014 - In Assembly. Held at Desk. Action rescinded whereby the bill was read third time, passed, and orded to the Senate. Ordered to third reading.
This bill would required DTSC to adopt regulations that declare auto-shredder waste hazardous and that it be managed accordingly. 
SB 1261
Jackson D)

Amended:   8/20/2014
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Hazardous materials: business plans.
8/20/2014 - Read third time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
This bill would revise and update business plan requirements for certified unified program agencies. As it relates to CalRecycle, this bill would remove the requirement for owners or operators of a location that collects recyclable latex paint to have a business plan unless the business handles at any one time during the reporting year a total weight of 10,000 pounds for solid hazardous waste material or 1,000 gallons of liquid hazardous materials that is a paint that will be recycled or managed under an architectural paint recovery program approved by CalRecycle. This bill also includes language proposed in AB 2748 impacting the same code section (Health and Safety Code 25507). (As amended 8/7/2014) 
SB 1274
Hancock D)

Enrollment:   8/21/2014
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Recycling: used mattresses.
8/21/2014 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 34. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
This bill makes technical changes the Mattress Recycling and Recovery Act that was signed into law in 2013; including clarifying that moneys deposited into the penalty account shall not be used to offset costs incurred by CalRecycle. (As amended 6/16/2014) 
SB 1337
DeSaulnier D)

Enrollment:   8/11/2014
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Reports.
8/11/2014 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
This bill requires every report submitted to the Legislature by any state agency or department to include a statement signed by the head of the agency or department that the contents of the report are true, accurate, and complete, to the best of their knowledge. Additionally, anyone violating the provision of this bill are liable for a civil penalty of up to $20,000 in an action brought by the Attorney General. (Amended 5/27/14)  
SB 1383
Hueso D)

Enrollment:   8/20/2014
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Plastic products: labeling.
8/20/2014 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
This bill authorizes the Director of CalRecycle, upon the American Society for Testing and Materials’ adoption of a specified standard for the biodegradability of plastics, to adopt that standard. This bill will also authorize a person to sell agricultural mulch film labeled as biodegradable if the agricultural mulch film meet the standard adopted by CalRecycle. (Amended 7/01/14)  

Total Measures: 26

Total Tracking Forms: 26



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