California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

California Solid Waste Legislation

Latest Laws: Legislation Taking Effect in 2013

This page provides summaries of bills of interest to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) taking effect in 2013 and the date they take effect. You may access a listing of all California solid waste law chaptered during the two-year session of 2011-2012 from CalRecycle's history page. Visit CalRecycle's Current Solid Waste Priority Bills page for a status of bills being proposed during the current 2013-2014 legislative session.

CalRecycle also maintains a rulemaking archive of the latest regulations approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). Regulations under development (which may relate to some of the following statutes) can be found on the rulemaking site.

Statutes of 2012

AB 480 (Solorio)--Solid Waste Facilities: Captive Insurance (effective 1/1/13) --AB 480 temporarily revises the conditions under which the use of captive insurance as a financial assurance mechanism for solid waste landfills would be allowed, while limiting its use to providing not more than 50 percent of an owner’s and operator’s financial assurance obligation. (Chapter 713)

AB 549 (Carter)--Electronic Waste (effective 1/1/13) --AB 549 codifies the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) regulatory authority under the Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Program and specifies that the clarifications contained within the bill related to California source materials and payment claim reviews are consistent with the Legislature’s original intent of the 2003 Electronic Waste Recycling Act (Sher, Chapter 526, Statutes of 2003). (Chapter 573)

AB 837 (Nestande)--Plastic Products (effective 1/1/13) --AB 837 places the onus to substantiate the environmental marketing claim of a plastic food container product on the manufacturer or supplier of that product. This requirement would sunset on January 1, 2018. (Chapter 525)

AB 845 (Ma)--Solid Waste (effective 1/1/13) --AB 845 prevents a local entity from restricting or placing limits on the importation of solid waste into a privately-owned, solid waste facility based on place of origin. (Chapter 526)

AB 1181 (Butler)--Weights and Measures (effective 1/1/13) --AB 1181 prohibits a person who is purchasing a commodity (including beverage containers) to pay the seller less than the highest applicable price represented by the purchaser to the seller for that commodity or less than a price per unit that is established by law or regulation. (Chapter 662)

AB 1442 (Wieckowski)--Pharmaceutical Waste (effective 1/1/13) --AB 1442 allows a pharmaceutical waste generator or parent organization that employs health care professionals to transport such waste via common carrier (ie United Parcel Service), instead of using a medical or hazardous waste hauler. (Chapter 689)

AB 1508 (Carter)--Junk Dealers (effective 1/1/13) --AB 1508 removes the exemption that allows individuals to avoid payment and identification requirements when they bundle copper or copper alloys, valued at not more than twenty dollars ($20), with beverage container transactions. (Chapter 531)

AB 1647 (Gordon)--Waste Tires (effective 1/1/13) --AB 1647 strengthens CalRecycle’s enforcement against illegal waste tire facilities and waste tire haulers, while streamlining the hearing process against noncompliant waste tire facilities or haulers by authorizing the department to utilize informal administrative hearings. (Chapter 534)

AB 1900 (Gatto)--Renewable Energy Resources (effective 1/1/13) --AB 1900 requires the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, in consultation with CalRecycle and other environmental state agencies, to compile a list of constituents found in biomethane that could pose a health risk and determine the appropriate concentrations for each constituent. (Chapter 602)

AB 1933 (Gordon)--Beverage Containers (effective 1/1/13) --AB 1933 reduces the load limit threshold that triggers the reporting requirements applicable to persons importing out-of-state beverage container material, and adds additional elements to the reporting requirements and enforcement provisions. (Chapter 540)

AB 2196 (Chesbro)--Renewable Energy Resources (effective 1/1/13) --AB 2196 reinstates Renewable Portfolio Standard eligibility for facilities using biomethane, meeting certain requirements. (Chapter 605)

SB 1122 (Rubio)--Renewable Bioenergy Projects (effective 1/1/13) --SB 1122 requires the California Energy Commission to direct electrical corporations to procure a minimum procurement of 250 megawatts of renewable energy from small biogas and biomass technologies by June 1, 2013. (Chapter 612)

SB 1219 (Wolk)--Plastic Bags (effective 1/1/13) --SB 1219 extends the sunset date for the At-Store Recycling Program from January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2020, and repeal the provision prohibiting local governments from passing ordinances that impose a fee on single-use plastic carryout bags. (Chapter 384)

Last updated: March 14, 2013
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