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)

Amended: 4/23/2015
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Household hazardous waste.
4/23/2015 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on E.S. & T.M. Read second time and amended.
This bill would require each jurisdiction that provides for the residential collection and disposal of solid waste, on or before an unspecified date, to increase the collection and diversion of household hazardous waste in its service area by an unspecified percentage over a baseline amount, to be determined in accordance with department regulations. The bill would authorize the department to adopt a model ordinance for a door-to-door collection and diversion program 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
MathisR)

Amended: 4/23/2015
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Dumping.
4/23/2015 - Read second time and amended.
Existing law prohibits dumping waste matter in or upon a public or private highway or road, or in or upon private property into or upon which the public is admitted by easement or license, or upon private property without the consent of the owner, or in or upon a public park or other public property. A violation of these provisions is an infraction 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 subsequent conviction. This bill would make dumping waste matter on private property, including on any private road or highways, without the consent of the owner a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 30 days and and fines consistent with existing law above.
AB 190
HarperR)

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
HarperR)

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 declare that the plastic bag ban would only become effective if it is approved by voters at the 2016 general election.
AB 199
EggmanD)

Introduced: 1/29/2015
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Alternative energy: recycled feedstock.
3/25/2015 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on REV. & TAX. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (March 23). Re-referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
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
ChuD)

Amended: 4/14/2015
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Solid waste facilities: local enforcement agencies.
4/23/2015 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (April 22). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Current law prohibits a person from operating a solid waste facility without a solid waste facilities permit; requires the department to prepare and adopt certification regulations for local enforcement agencies, and requires the local enforcement agency, if it receives a complaint from an air pollution control district or an air quality management district pertaining to an odor emanating from a compost facility under its jurisdiction to take appropriate enforcement actions. This bill would, if a solid waste facility in a jurisdiction is within a quarter mile of a municipality or municipalities that are not part of the jurisdiction, require the local enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the facility to hold a public meeting every 6 months to report violations, investigations, and remedial actions that have occurred since the previous meeting and to receive information regarding odor and other nuisance impacts of the facility from representatives of that municipality or those municipalities, as specified. 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
ChangR)

Amended: 3/18/2015
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California Environmental Protection Agency: Natural Resources Agency: Web casts of public meetings and workshops.
4/15/2015 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
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 public meetings and workshops, 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 or workshop. The bill would require the agencies to archive the recording of a Web cast for subsequent reasonable viewing by interested members of the public.
AB 577
BonillaD)

Amended: 4/6/2015
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Biomethane: grant program.
4/13/2015 - From committee: Be re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES. Re-referred. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (April 15). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would, upon appropriation, require the State Air Resources Board to allocate an unspecified percentage of the moneys in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission for the implementation of a biomethane collection and purification grant program. The bill would require the commission to develop and implement the grant program to award moneys for projects that build or develop collection and purification technology, infrastructure, and projects that upgrade existing biomethane facilities to meet certain requirements
AB 590
DahleR)

Amended: 4/21/2015
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
4/22/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on U. & C.
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.
4/15/2015 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
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
DahleR)

Introduced: 2/24/2015
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Household hazardous waste.
2/25/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 27.
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
LevineD)

Amended: 4/21/2015
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Carbon sequestration: working lands.
4/22/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on W., P., & W.
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
WilliamsD)

Amended: 4/15/2015
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Solid waste facilities: temporary permits.
4/16/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
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
McCartyD)

Amended: 4/6/2015
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Compostable organics.
4/16/2015 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 2.) (April 13). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
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
BloomD)

Amended: 4/22/2015
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Waste management: plastic microbeads.
4/23/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
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
GordonD)

Amended: 4/20/2015
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Solid waste: reporting requirements: enforcement.
4/21/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
This bill provides CalRecycle with enforcement authority for existing disposal reporting requirements and streamlines 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.
3/16/2015 - Referred to Com. on W., P., & W.
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, TravisR)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Recycling: plastic material.
4/23/2015 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
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-ThomasD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill Would require state agencies that allocate moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to prioritize projects that include project labor agreements with targeted hire goals, community workforce agreements that connect local residents to jobs or training opportunities, or partnerships with training entities that have a proven track record of placing disadvantaged workers in career-track jobs.
AB 1045
IrwinD)

Amended: 4/20/2015
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Organic waste: composting.
4/21/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
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 50% of organic waste from landfills by 2020 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
BontaD)

Amended: 4/7/2015
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Environmental Justice Small Grant Program.
4/16/2015 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (April 13). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
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
WilliamsD)

Amended: 4/20/2015
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Solid waste: disposal facility: fees.
4/21/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would set the maximum disposal fee at an unspecified per ton amount and requires any moneys in excess of $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.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
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
DoddD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Solid waste: organic waste.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
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
LowD)

Amended: 3/26/2015
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Beverage Containers: recycling.
4/6/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
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
SteinorthR)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Reusable grocery bag and recycled paper bag: fee: exemptions.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Coms. on AGING & L.T.C. and NAT. RES.
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
RendonD)

Amended: 4/14/2015
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California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: unbundled renewable energy credits.
4/21/2015 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (April 20). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
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
GordonD)

Amended: 4/21/2015
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Product stewardship: pilot program: household batteries and home-generated sharps waste.
4/23/2015 - Re-referred to Coms. on E.S. & T.M. and APPR. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.
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
GordonD)

Amended: 4/21/2015
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Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program.
4/22/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
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
IrwinD)

Amended: 3/24/2015
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Sales and use taxes: exemption: organic input material.
4/13/2015 - From committee: Be re-referred to Com. on REV. & TAX. Re-referred. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
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
WilliamsD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Solid waste: administration.
3/2/2015 - Read first time.
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
WilliamsD)

Amended: 3/26/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
4/6/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
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
WilliamsD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
3/2/2015 - Read first time.
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
ThurmondD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Solid waste: recycling: diversion: green material.
3/23/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill deletes obsolete provisions of The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 related to the adoption of regulations.
AB 1419
EggmanD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Recycling centers.
3/26/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Would authorize CalRecycle to revoke the certification of a certified recycling center that is found to be abandoned.
AB 1435
AlejoD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Hazardous waste: toxics: packaging.
3/26/2015 - Referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
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
AlejoD)

Amended: 4/9/2015
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Solid waste: food and beverage packaging.
4/13/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
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
HillD)

Amended: 3/25/2015
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Environmental health: synthetic turf.
4/13/2015 - April 13 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.
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
GalgianiD)

Introduced: 2/3/2015
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Treated wood waste: disposal.
4/24/2015 - Set for hearing April 29.
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
BerryhillR)

Introduced: 2/9/2015
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Secondhand goods: junk dealers.
2/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on RLS.
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
WieckowskiD)

Amended: 3/24/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
4/17/2015 - Set for hearing April 27.
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
WieckowskiD)

Introduced: 2/13/2015
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Recycling: used tires.
4/17/2015 - Set for hearing April 27.
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
BatesR)

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
MonningD)

Amended: 4/6/2015
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Hazardous waste: photovoltaic modules.
4/17/2015 - Set for hearing April 27.
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
HuesoD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Plastic products: labeling.
4/14/2015 - April 29 set for second hearing canceled at the request of author.
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
GalgianiD)

Amended: 4/20/2015
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Waste management: synthetic plastic microbeads.
4/24/2015 - Set for hearing April 29.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would prevent water pollution from synthetic plastic microbeads.
SB 654
De LenD)

Amended: 4/21/2015
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Hazardous waste: facilities permitting.
4/22/2015 - Set for hearing April 29.
Current law, as part of the hazardous waste control law, requires DTSC to adopt, and revise when appropriate, standards and regulations to, among other things, specify the financial assurances to be provided by an owner or operator of a hazardous waste facility that are necessary to provide for the cost of closure and subsequent maintenance of the facility. This bill would additionally require the standards and regulations to specify the financial assurances to be provided to respond to the cost of closure, cleanup, and subsequent maintenance of the facility.
SB 662
Committee on Environmental Quality)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Recycling.
4/17/2015 - Set for hearing April 27.
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 732
PanD)

Amended: 4/6/2015
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Beverage container recycling.
4/16/2015 - April 15 set for first hearing. Failed passage in committee. Reconsideration granted.
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
HertzbergD)

Amended: 4/6/2015
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Solid waste: diversion.
4/17/2015 - Set for hearing April 29.
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 786
AllenD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Advanced technology parking incentive programs: report.
4/21/2015 - Set for hearing April 28.
Current law requires the Secretary of the Government Operations Agency, in consultation with DGS and other appropriate state agencies that maintain or purchase vehicles for the state fleet to develop and implement, and submit to the Legislature and the Governor, a plan to improve the overall state fleet's use of alternative fuels, synthetic lubricants, and fuel-efficient vehicles by reducing or displacing the consumption of petroleum products by the state fleet when compared to the 2003 consumption level, based on the specified schedule (10% reduction or displacement by 2012 and 20% by 2020). Current law requires DGS to prepare an annual progress report on meeting the goals set by the schedule. This bill would require the progress report prepared by the DGS relative to fleet vehicles to also include a progress report on developing and implementing the advanced technology parking incentive programs.

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