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
WieckowskiD)

Amended: 7/11/2013
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Medical waste.
7/12/2013 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10)(SEN). (Last location was E.Q. on 7/11/2013)
CalRecycle is interested in rumored amendments related to home-generated pharmaceuticals and home-generated sharps.
AB 1594
WilliamsD)

Introduced: 2/3/2014
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Solid waste: recycling: diversion: green material.
4/7/2014 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
Authorizes the department to adopt regulations to specify that green material used as alternative daily cover or alternative intermediate cover does not constitute diversion through recycling and would be considered disposal.
AB 1603
StoneD)

Introduced: 2/5/2014
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Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Program.
4/8/2014 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 5.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
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.
AB 1699
BloomD)

Amended: 3/28/2014
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Waste management: microplastics.
4/7/2014 - Do pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.
Among other things, prohibits after January 1, 2016, the selling or the offering of samples of any cleaning product or personal care product that contain microplastic, unless the product contains less than 1 part per million (ppm) by weight of microplastic. The bill requires CalRecycle to administer and implement the bill.
AB 1784
QuirkD)

Introduced: 2/18/2014
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Beverage containers: enforcement.
2/27/2014 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Most likely a spot bill. Prohibits a certified recycling center from accepting or paying the CRV to a consumer for transactions totaling more than 50 pounds in a single 24-hour period. This bill would also require CDFA stations, when vehicles importing beverage containers, to ascertain the origin and quantity of high volumes of empty beverage containers transported by vehicles entering the state.
AB 1826
ChesbroD)

Amended: 3/24/2014
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Solid waste: organic waste.
4/7/2014 - In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
This bill would require a business that generates a specified amount of organic waste per week to arrange for recycling services for that organic waste in a specified manner. The bill would decrease the amount of organic waste under which a business would be subject to those requirements from 8 cubic yards or more during 2016 to 4 cubic yards during 2017 and 2018 and to one cubic yard or more on and after January 1, 2019.
AB 1827
PattersonR)

Amended: 3/28/2014
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State bodies: environmental agencies: administrative and civil penalties.
4/8/2014 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Failed passage.
Prohibits the Cal/EPA and the California Natural Resources Agency departments, boards, and offices from imposing civil or administrative penalties for violations of the law without allowing a business to correct the violation.
AB 1846
GordonD)

Amended: 3/28/2014
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Beverage containers: enforcement.
4/7/2014 - Do pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
Authorizes CalRecycle to assess a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per transaction or 3 times the damages, plus costs, upon a person who redeems, attempts to redeem, or aids in the redemption of, ineligible beverage containers, such as out-of-state containers.
AB 1893
StoneD)

Amended: 3/28/2014
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Sharps waste.
4/1/2014 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
This bill would require all sharps sold to the general public to be sold with a sharps container approved by the Department of Public Health. The bill further requires that the sharps container shall provide information on proper disposal, including references to CalRecycle's website on home-generated pharmaceutical waste and its disposal directory.
AB 1935
CamposD)

Amended: 3/28/2014
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Electricity: clean distributed energy resources.
4/7/2014 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
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
GordonD)

Amended: 4/10/2014
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Community Investment and Innovation Program.
4/10/2014 - Read second time and amended.
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.
AB 1994
WaldronR)

Introduced: 2/20/2014
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Solid waste: administration.
2/21/2014 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 23.
Spot bill.
AB 2037
Committee on Accountability and Administrative Rev)

Introduced: 2/20/2014
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Environmentally preferable purchasing.
4/9/2014 - In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
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 DGSs Internet Web site.
AB 2050
QuirkD)

Amended: 3/26/2014
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: scoping plan: advisory panel.
4/7/2014 - In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
This bill, until January 1, 2020, would require the state board to include specified elements such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 including intermediate goals when updating the scoping plan. The bill would require the state board, on or before January 1, 2020, to submit a report to the appropriate committees of the Legislature on those specified elements of the updated scoping plan.
AB 2251
YamadaD)

Amended: 3/28/2014
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Weights and measures: beverage containers: redemption value.
4/7/2014 - Do pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
Requires a dealer, at the time of sale of a CRV beverage container to separately identify the amount of any redemption payment imposed on the CRV beverage container and to accurately identify the amount of any CRV payment.
AB 2284
WilliamsD)

Amended: 3/27/2014
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Recycling: household batteries.
4/7/2014 - Do pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
This bill would enact the Primary Battery Stewardship Act and require a battery producer or stewardship organization to submit a plan and annual report to CalRecycle for approval. CalRecycle would also be required to enforce the chapter.
AB 2371
MullinD)

Introduced: 2/21/2014
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Solid waste: household hazardous waste.
4/10/2014 - From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on L. GOV. (Ayes 4. Noes 0.) (April 8).
Requires a jurisdiction, no later than January 1, 2016, to review its Household Hazardous Waste Element to determine the Element's effectiveness at the collection, recycling, treatment, and disposal of household hazardous waste. This bill also requires CalRecycle to submit a report to the Legislature, no later than January 1, 2017, that assesses the effectiveness of the State's household hazardous waste management system.
AB 2392
GattoD)

Introduced: 2/21/2014
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Recycling: plastic containers.
3/10/2014 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would increase the recycling rate compliance option for rigid plastic packaging containers from 45% to 75%.
AB 2467
NestandeR)

Amended: 3/28/2014
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California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: market development payments.
4/1/2014 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would eliminate the Department of Resources Recycling and Recoverys (CalRecycle) ability to administer emergency regulations to the Plastic Market Development Payment program.
AB 2633
AllenR)

Amended: 3/28/2014
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Recycling: plastic material.
4/1/2014 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
The bill would require CalRecycle to investigate emerging technologies that convert used plastic products into new plastic feedstock and by January 1, 2016 adopt regulations and protocols, that encourage waste-to-energy and waste-to-fuel pyrolysis projects that address the various grades of plastic products that are in landfills. The bill would also require that beginning January 1, 2016, and each year thereafter, report to the Legislature on possible incentives for businesses and organizations that practice state-of-the-art, cost-effective material separation and recovery techniques to locate recycling centers in California.
AB 2658
BocanegraD)

Introduced: 2/21/2014
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Recycling: waste tires: public works projects.
4/7/2014 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
Deletes the sunset for waste tire grant program that fund public works projects that utilize waste tires. The bill also requires, that when awarding these grants, CalRecycle give priority to those projects that create parklets in disadvantaged communities.
AB 2666
DalyD)

Introduced: 2/21/2014
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Recycling: electronic waste.
4/7/2014 - Do pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
This bill would redefine a "person" under the Electronic Waste Recycling Act in order to exempt the Federal Goverment from paying the fee on covered electronic devices.
AB 2675
LowenthalD)

Introduced: 2/21/2014
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State agency: public contracts.
4/9/2014 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 2.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
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 Materi)

Introduced: 3/6/2014
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Hazardous waste: business plans.
4/16/2014 - Author's amendments.
4/1/2014- 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 solids or a total volume of 1,000 gallons for liquids if the hazardous material is a solid or liquid substance that is a paint that will be recycled or managed under a product stewardship plan approved by the department.
SB 270
PadillaD)

Amended: 3/27/2014
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Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.
3/27/2014 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS. (Corrected April 2.)
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 CalRecycles 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.
SB 498
LaraD)

Amended: 1/27/2014
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Solid waste: biomass conversion.
1/28/2014 - In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Expands the definition of biomass conversion to mean the production of heat, fuels, or electricity by the controlled combustion of, or the use of other noncombustion thermal conversion technologies.
SB 916
CorreaD)

Amended: 3/19/2014
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Lubricating oil: biosynthetic lubricants: procurement: sale.
4/9/2014 - Set for hearing April 22.
This bill would prohibit the sale of lubricating oil in California that does not meet the biodegradability and certification standards, as specified. In addition, CalRecycle would be tasked with establishing an advisory committee which would determine whether a one year delay of the requirements is needed if the Director of CalRecycle determines there is not enough lubricating oil commercially available.
SB 1014
JacksonD)

Amended: 4/1/2014
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Pharmaceutical waste: home generated.
4/11/2014 - Author's amendments.
Creates a statewide EPR program for the collection and disposal of home-generated pharmaceutical waste. The bill requires a manufacturer, by July 1, 2015 or a later date established by CalRecycle, to submit a collection and disposal plan.
SB 1020
MonningD)

Introduced: 2/14/2014
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Hazardous waste: photovoltaic panels: collection and recycling programs.
4/4/2014 - Set for hearing April 30.
This bill establishes the California Photovoltaic Panel Collection and Recycling Act of 2014 and requires a photovoltaic panel manufacturer or vendor (or both) to establish, finance, manage, and maintain a collection and end-of-life management program for Photovoltaic panels to be administered and enforced by the DTSC. CalRecycle's role is currently limited to public outreach and education via its websites.
SB 1125
PavleyD)

Amended: 3/28/2014
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions reduction.
4/11/2014 - Set for hearing April 30.
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 1194
HuesoD)

Amended: 4/2/2014
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Solid waste: plastic products.
4/11/2014 - Set for hearing April 30.
This bill would require each manufacturer and wholesaler of plastic products to establish an Internet Web site that is available to the public and that provides information regarding the annual amount, by pound and type, of plastic products that are imported, manufactured, recycled, or reused in this state by that manufacturer or wholesaler.
SB 1249
HillD)

Introduced: 2/20/2014
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Hazardous waste: shredder waste.
4/4/2014 - Set for hearing April 30.
This bill would required DTSC to adopt regulations that declare auto-shredder waste hazardous and that it be managed accordingly.
SB 1274
HancockD)

Amended: 3/24/2014
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Recycling: used mattresses.
4/11/2014 - Set for hearing April 28.
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.
SB 1383
HuesoD)

Amended: 3/25/2014
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Plastic products: labeling.
4/11/2014 - Set for hearing April 28.
This bill requires 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.

Total Measures:34

Total Tracking Forms:34



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