Final Status of Priority Bills, 2015-2016 Session

This is the final status of bills at the end of the 2015-16 legislative session.

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Assembly Bills


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AB 199 (Eggman) D-Stockton Alternative Energy: Recycled Feedstock

Location: Chapter 768, Statutes of 2015

Summary: Expands projects eligible for the sales and use tax exclusion to include projects that process or utilize recycled feedstock.

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AB 876 (McCarty) D-Sacramento Compostable Organics

Location: Chapter 593, Statutes of 2015

Summary: Requires a county or regional agency to include in its annual report to CalRecycle an estimate on organics recycling capacity needed over a 15-year period.

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AB 888 (Bloom) D-Santa Monica Waste Management: Plastic Microbeads

Location: Chapter 594, Statutes of 2015

Summary: Prohibits the selling of personal care products containing plastic microbeads in California.

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AB 901 (Gordon) D-Menlo Park Solid Waste: Reporting Requirements: Enforcement

Location: Chapter 746, Statutes of 2015

Summary: Updates recycling and composting reporting requirements and provides enforcement authority for those requirements and existing disposal reporting requirements.

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AB 1005 (Gordon) D-Menlo Park California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: Market Development Payments

Location: Chapter 442, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Extends the sunset date for the Plastic Market Development Payment program from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018. The Plastic Market Development Program expends up to $10 million annually in market development payments to specified entities that process and/or manufacture new products from used plastic beverage containers.

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AB 1045 (Irwin) D-Thousand Oaks Organic Waste: Composting

Location: Chapter 596, Statutes of 2015

Summary: Requires CalEPA in coordination with CalRecycle, the State Water Resources Control Board, the State Air Resources Board, and the Department of Food and Agriculture to develop and implement policies to aid in diverting organic waste from landfills.

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AB 1071 (Atkins) D-San Diego Supplemental Environmental Projects

Location: Chapter 585, Statutes of 2015

Summary: Requires each board, department, and office within the California Environmental Protection Agency that has enforcement authority to establish a specified policy on supplemental environmental projects.

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AB 1103 (Dodd) D-Napa Solid Waste Disposal: Self-Haulers

Location: Chapter 443, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Requires CalRecycle to define a self-hauler through regulations and require self-haulers to submit periodic information to CalRecycle on the types, quantities, and destinations of materials that are disposed of, sold, or transferred.

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AB 1419 (Eggman) D-Stockton Hazardous Waste: Cathode Ray Tube Glass

Location: Chapter 445, Statutes of 2016

Summary: (1) Changes statutory definitions of cathode ray tube components; (2) states CRT panel glass exceeding specified concentration levels for barium is not a hazardous waste if certain criteria are met; (3) establishes specific end-uses for CRT panel glass that is recycled and meets certain criteria, and; (4) provides the Department of Toxic Substances Control authority to prohibit any of the end-uses listed in the bill if those uses are subsequently determined to pose environmental or public harm.

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AB 1613 (Committee on Budget) Budget Act of 2016

Location: Chapter 370, Statutes of 2016

Summary: (1) Appropriates $40 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery for Waste Diversion and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Financial Assistance programs; (2) specifies that no more than five percent of the appropriated funds shall be used for administrative costs; (3) conditions the appropriations to CalRecycle and the California Department of Food and Agriculture on the enactment of SB 1383 (Lara).

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AB 1669 (Hernandez) D-West Covina Displaced Employees: Service Contracts: Collection and Transportation of Solid Waste

Location: Chapter 874, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Extends the existing 10 percent bid preference for public transit contractors who agree to retain employees from a prior contractor or subcontractor for at least 90 days to include contracts for the collection and transportation of solid waste.

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AB 1817 (Stone) D-Scotts Valley Solid Waste: Garbage and Refuse Disposal Districts: Board of Directors

Location: Chapter 21, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Aligns the cap on compensation for members of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District’s board of directors to a level commensurate with boards for other garbage and disposal special districts.

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AB 1858 (Santiago) D-Los Angeles Automobile Dismantling: Task Force

Location: Chapter 449, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to collaborate with the State Board of Equalization, the California Environmental Protection Agency and various departments under its umbrella, including CalRecycle, to review and coordinate enforcement and compliance activity related to unlicensed and unregulated automobile dismantling.

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AB 2153 (Garcia) D-Bell Gardens The Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act of 2016

Location: Chapter 666, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Creates numerous requirements related to lead-acid batteries. Among the major provisions, the bill: (1) starting in April 2017 places a $1 fee on consumers and a $1 fee on manufacturers for the sale of a lead-acid battery; (2) starting in 2022 increases the consumer fee to $2 and eliminates the manufacturers’ fee responsibility; (3) creates the Lead-Acid Battery Cleanup Fund, to be used by DTSC for clean-up costs associated with lead-acid battery contamination, including the repayment of a general fund loan for cleanup costs associated with Exide’s battery recycling facility in Vernon; (4) requires dealers to charge a consumer a refundable deposit on the sale of new lead-acid batteries if a used lead-acid battery is not returned by the consumer at the time of sale; (5) allows dealers to keep the deposit if a consumer fails to return a used lead-acid battery within 45 days; (6) credits manufacturers the amount that they have paid into the Lead-Acid Battery Cleanup Fund against future liability judgements; (7) authorizes a loan of $1.2 million from the California Tire Recycling Management Fund to the Board of Equalization (board) for fee collection costs and requires repayment of the loan by October 1, 2017.

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AB 2396 (McCarty) D-Sacramento Solid Waste: Annual Reports

Location: Chapter 466, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Clarifies that state agencies must submit a summary of compliance with AB 341 (Chesbro, Chapter 476 Statutes of 2011) and AB 1826 (Chesbro, Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014) as part of their existing annual report to CalRecycle pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 41821.

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AB 2511 (Levine) D-Marin County Fertilizing Materials: Auxiliary Soil and Plant Substances: Biochar

Location: Chapter 331, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Defines biochar as an auxiliary soil and plant substance that is the byproduct of thermochemical conversion of biomass.

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AB 2530 (Gordon) D-Menlo Park Recycling: Beverage Containers

Location: Chapter 861, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Requires a manufacturer of plastic beverage containers subject to the California Redemption Value to report to CalRecycle the amount of virgin plastic and postconsumer recycled plastic used by the manufacturer for plastic CRV-eligible beverages sold in the state the previous calendar year.

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AB 2812 (Gordon) D-Menlo Park Solid Waste: Recycling: State Agencies and Large State Facilities

Location: Chapter 530, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Requires CalRecycle to provide guidance for collecting and recycling recyclable materials in office buildings of state agencies and large state facilities.

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Senate Bills


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SB 162 (Galgiani) D-Stockton Treated Wood Waste

Location: Chapter 351, Statutes of 2015

Summary: Requires the wood preserving industry to provide certain information relating to the potential danger of treated wood to wholesalers and retailers of treated wood and wood-like products.

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SB 423 (Bates) R-Laguna Niquel Surplus Household Consumer Product Waste: Management

Location: Chapter 771, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Requires the Department of Toxic Substances Control to convene a Retail Waste Working Group to identify regulatory and statutory requirements that create confusion over the proper management of surplus household consumer products, including products that can be hazardous or pharmaceutical waste.

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SB 662 (Committee on Environmental Quality) Recycling

Location: Chapter 453, Statutes of 2015

Summary: Authorizes CalRecycle to expend money in the Recycling Market Development Revolving Loan Subaccount to make payments to local governing bodies within recycling market development zones for services related to the promotion of the zone.

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SB 859 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) Public Resources: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Biomass

Location: Chapter 368, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Expands the types of projects eligible for funding under CalRecycle’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant and Loan Programs. In addition, SB 859 requires: (1) the Natural Resources Agency to establish a working group on expanding markets for woody biomass; (2) public utilities to procure energy from biomass facilities; (3) the Department of Food and Agriculture to establish and oversee a Healthy Soils Program.

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SB 778 (Allen) D-Santa Monica Automotive Repair: Oil Changes: Notification to Customers

Location: Vetoed

Summary: Requires an automotive repair dealer or maintenance provider to follow the vehicle manufacturer published maintenance schedule when recommending a date or mileage for an oil drain interval.

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SB 970 (Leyva) D-Chino Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: Grant Program: Recyclable Materials

Location: Chapter 365, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Requires CalRecycle to consider specified factors when awarding grants for organics recycling projects.

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SB 1000 (Leyva) D-Chino Land Use: General Plans: Safety and Environmental Justice

Location: Chapter 587, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Requires jurisdictions to adopt a separate environmental justice element or to integrate environmental justice goals, policies, and objectives into other elements of their general plans.

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SB 1229 (Jackson) D-Santa Barbara Home-Generated Pharmaceutical Waste: Secure Drug Take-Back Bins

Location: Chapter 238, Statutes of 2016

Summary: Exempts a collector that maintains a secure take-back bin for home-generated pharmaceutical waste from civil action or criminal prosecution if the collector is acting in good faith to meet specified terms and conditions.

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SB 1383 (Lara) D-Bell Gardens Short-Lived Climate Pollutants: Methane Emissions: Dairy and Livestock: Organic Waste: Landfills

Location: Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016

Summary: (1) Codifies various aspects of the California Air Resources Board’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Plan; (2) requires the California Energy Commission to develop recommendations to increase the use of renewable gas; (3) sets organics disposal reduction targets; and, (4) provides CalRecycle the regulatory authority required to achieve the waste sector aspects of the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Plan.

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