CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION

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2021 LEGISLATION

SB 289, Recycling: batteries and battery-embedded products. Senator Newman (D- Brea). CO-SPONSORED BY CPSC.

This bill would make the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act of 2006 and the Cell Phone Recycling Act of 2004 inoperative as of June 30, 2025, and would repeal those acts as of January 1, 2026. The bill would enact the Battery and Battery-Embedded Product Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction Act of 2021, which would require producers, as defined, either individually or through the creation of one or more stewardship organizations, to establish a stewardship program for batteries and battery-embedded products. The bill would require a stewardship organization or producer, on or before June 30, 2025, to submit to CalRecycle a stewardship plan for the collection, transportation, and recycling, and the safe and proper management, of batteries or battery-embedded products in the state. The bill would require the plan to include specified elements, including a collection system for batteries and battery-embedded products with a specified minimum distribution of collection sites and a funding mechanism to provide sufficient funding for implementation of the plan.

AB 1, Hazardous Waste. Assembly Member Garcia (D- Downey). 

This bill would create the Board of Environmental Safety in the California Environmental Protection Agency and require the board to conduct no less than 6 public meetings per year. The bill would provide for the duties of the board, which would include, among others, reviewing specified policies, processes, and programs within the hazardous waste control laws; proposing statutory, regulatory, and policy changes; and hearing and deciding appeals of hazardous waste facility permit decisions and establish an office of ombudsperson to receive complaints and suggestions from the public. This bill would require the department to review, at least once every 5 years, the financial assurances required to operate a hazardous waste facility and the cost estimates used to establish the amount of financial assurances required. The bill would require the department, no later than 90 days after receiving an application for a hazardous waste facilities permit, to post on its internet website a timeline with the estimated dates of key milestones in the application review process. This bill would repeal the provision making implementation of the act contingent upon, and limited to, the availability of funding on January 1, 2023.

  • Current Status:

    • Passed Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials with a 7-0 Vote. Referred to Committee on Appropriations to be heard TBD.

AB 246, Contractor Disciplinary Actions for Illegal Dumping. Assembly Member Quirk (D- Hayward). 

Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of contractors by the Contractors’ State License Board (board). Under existing law, a willful or deliberate disregard by a licensed contractor of various state building, labor, and safety laws constitutes a cause for disciplinary action by the board. This bill would reorganize these provisions and would add illegal dumping to the list of violations that constitute a cause for disciplinary action against a contractor by the board.

 

AB 332, Treated Wood Waste. Assembly Member Quirk (D- Hayward). 

This bill would require a person managing treated wood waste to comply with the hazardous waste control laws or the management standards established in the bill, including standards for the reuse, storage, treatment, transportation, tracking, identification, and disposal of treated wood waste, as provided. The bill would limit those standards to treated wood waste that is hazardous only because of a preservative present in or on the wood, and that is not subject to the existing exemption for certain wood waste or to regulation as a hazardous waste under federal law. The bill would make inoperative all variances granted by the department before the enactment of the bill. Since a violation of the requirements of the bill would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest. This bill would make legislative findings to that effect. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

AB 478, Thermoform plastic containers: minimum recycled content. Assembly Member Ting (D- Torrance).

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation relating to the minimum recycled content of thermoform containers.

AB-652, Product safety: juvenile products: chemicals: perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Assembly Member Friedman (D- Burbank).

This bill would, on and after July 1, 2023, prohibit a person, including a manufacturer, from selling or distributing in commerce in this state any new, not previously owned, juvenile product, as defined, that contains intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as defined. The bill would establish requirements for manufacturers when replacing PFAS chemicals in juvenile products.

AB-659, Dumping. Assembly Member Mathis (D- Visalia).

This bill would make dumping waste matter on private property, including on any private road or highways, without the consent of the owner, 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 conviction. The bill would make a 4th or subsequent conviction a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 30 days and by a fine of not less than $750 nor more than $3,000. The bill would also require the fine to be doubled for the 4th or subsequent violation if the prosecuting attorney pleads and proves, or, in an infraction case, if the court finds, that the waste placed, deposited, or dumped includes used tires. By changing the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

  • Current Status:

    • Referred to Committees on Public Safety to be heard April 6, 2021.

AB-661, Recycling: materials. Assembly Member Bennett (D-Santa Barbara).

This bill would require a state agency, if fitness and quality are equal, to purchase recycled products instead of nonrecycled products, without regard to cost. The bill would substantially revise product categories. The bill would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in consultation with the DGS, to update a list of products and minimum recycled content percentages, as determined to be appropriate, commencing January 1, 2025, and every 3 years thereafter. The bill would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to maintain an internet website with current SABRC products and minimum recycled content requirements. The bill would establish product categories and minimum content and recyclability requirements, effective January 1, 2022, until updated by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. The bill would delete the DGS review and recommendation process for unmet requirements and, instead, would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to report a state agency that does not meet SABRC purchasing requirements in each product category to the DGS. This bill would provide that the University of California is not subject to the SABRC procurement requirements, but would require the University of California to report on purchases of products reportable under SABRC and what percentage of those purchases meet the associated minimum recycled content requirements.

  • Current Status:

    • Referred to Accountability and Administrative Review to be heard TBD.

AB 818, Solid waste: premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes. Assembly Member Bloom (D-Santa Monica). SUPPORT.

This bill would require, except as provided, certain premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes manufactured on or after July 1, 2022, to be labeled clearly and conspicuously with the phrase “Do Not Flush” and a related symbol, as specified. The bill would prohibit a covered entity from making a representation about the flushable attributes, benefits, performance, or efficacy. The bill would establish, until January 1, 2027, the California Consumer Education and Outreach Program, under which covered entities would be required, among other things, to participate in a collection study conducted in collaboration with wastewater agencies for the purpose of gaining understanding of consumer behavior regarding the flushing of premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes and to conduct a comprehensive multimedia education and outreach program in the state. The bill would require covered entities to annually report to specified legislative committees and the State Water Resources Control Board on their activities under the program and would require the state board to post the reports on its internet website.

AB 842,California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. Assembly Member Garcia (D- Downey).

The bill would require the stewardship plan to include funding to support, among other things, mechanisms necessary to achieve a 75% recycling rate of single-use packaging and single-use products by 2032 and annually thereafter. The bill would require, starting in 2025, a stewardship organization to charge and collect from its member producers. Funding for the purposes of paying the administrative and operational costs of the stewardship program. The bill would require, on or before the end of the 2022–23 fiscal year, and once every 3 months thereafter, a stewardship organization to pay to the department an administrative fee to cover the department’s full costs of administering and enforcing the act, not to exceed the department’s actual and reasonable regulatory costs. This bill would authorize the department to impose an administrative civil penalty, except as specified, not to exceed $50,000 per day per violation on an entity that is not in compliance with the act’s requirements.

  • Current Status:

    • Referred to Committee on Natural Resources to be heard TBD.

AB 881, Plastic waste: diversion: recycling: export. Assembly Member Gonzalez (D- Oceanside).

This bill would make the export out of the country of a mixture of plastic wastes "disposal" for purposes of the act, unless the mixture includes only certain plastics destined for separate recycling and satisfies other specified requirements, in which case that export would constitute diversion through recycling. Until January 1, 2024, or the expiration of a relevant trade agreement or arrangement with Canada or Mexico, whichever is later, these provisions would not apply to exports to Canada or Mexico. To the extent the bill would require local agencies to revise the source reduction and recycling elements of their integrated waste management plans, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

AB 962, California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: reusable beverage containers. Assembly Member Kamlager (D- Culver City).

This bill would authorize, for a reusable beverage container, a processor approved by the department to handle reusable beverage containers to satisfy those operation requirements by transferring the reusable beverage container to a washer approved by the department. By creating crimes relating to reusable beverage containers, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would define “reusable beverage container” for purposes of the act to mean a beverage container that has been used to contain a beverage, for which the applicable redemption payment has been paid, and that is returned whole and intact to a recycler or other certified entity designated by the department and capable of reuse as a beverage container. The bill would provide that an empty reusable beverage container for which the applicable redemption payment has been paid and that is collected and processed unbroken for reuse as a beverage container shall continue to be eligible for all applicable payments and incentives provided in the act.

AB 1200, Plant-based food packaging: cookware: hazardous chemicals. Assembly Member Ting (D-San Francisco). 

This bill would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2023, any person from distributing, selling, or offering for sale in the state any food packaging that contains intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, as defined. The bill would require a manufacturer to use the least toxic alternative when replacing PFAS chemicals. The bill would define “food packaging,” in part, to mean a nondurable package, packaging component, or food service ware that is comprised, in substantial part, of paper, paperboard, or other materials originally derived from plant fibers. This bill would require, beginning January 1, 2024, a manufacturer, as defined, of cookware sold in the state that contains one or more intentionally added chemicals present on a designated list, as defined, to include a statement on the product label, as defined, in both English and Spanish, regarding the presence of those chemicals of concern in the cookware, as provided. The bill would require, beginning January 1, 2023, a manufacturer of this cookware to post on the internet website for the cookware a list of chemicals in the cookware that are present on the designated list, among other information. The bill would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2024, a manufacturer from making a claim, either on the cookware package or internet website for the cookware, that the cookware is free of any specific chemical if the chemical belongs to a chemical group or class identified on the designated list, unless no individual chemical from that chemical group or class is intentionally added to the cookware. The bill would prohibit a person from selling, offering for sale, or distributing in California a cookware product that does not comply with these provisions.

AB 1201, Solid waste: plastic products: labeling: compostability and biodegradability. Assembly Member Ting (D-San Francisco). 

This bill would prohibit a person from selling a plastic product that is labeled with the term “compostable,” “home compostable,” or “soil biodegradable” unless the product meets specified standards and satisfies specified criteria. The bill would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to adopt regulations for plastic product labeling to ensure that plastic products labeled “compostable” or “home compostable” are clearly distinguishable from noncompostable products upon quick inspection by consumers and solid waste processing facilities. This bill contains other existing laws.

  • Current Status:

    • Passed from Committee on Natural Resources with a 10-0 Vote. Referred to Committee on Appropriations to be heard April 21, 2021.

    • Coalition letter of support

AB 1276, Single-use food accessories and service ware. Assembly Member Carillo. (D-Los Angeles). 

This bill would prohibit a food facility or a third-party food delivery platform, as specified, from providing any single-use food accessories, as defined, to consumers unless requested by the consumer, and commencing on January 1, 2023, would prohibit a full-service restaurant that has adequate dishwashing capacity from providing single-use service ware to consumers except under specified conditions. The bill would require enforcement of these prohibitions by officers of an agency that the bill would require each city, county, or city and county governing body to select on or before June 1, 2022. The bill would specify that the first and 2nd violations of the prohibitions result in a notice of violation, and any subsequent violation is an infraction punishable by a fine of $100 for each day in violation, but not to exceed an annual total of $300. By creating a new crime and imposing additional duties on local governing bodies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

AB 1371, Recycling: plastic: packaging and carryout bags. Assembly Member Friedman (D-Burbank). 

This bill would prohibit an online retailer that sells or offers for sale and delivers purchased products in or into the state from using single-use plastic packaging that consists of shipping envelopes, cushioning, or void fill to package or transport the products, on and after January 1, 2023, for large online retailers, as defined, and on and after January 1, 2025, for small online retailers, as defined. The bill would prohibit a manufacturer, retailer, producer, or other distributer that sells or offers for sale and delivers purchased products in or into the state from using expanded polystyrene packaging to package or transport the products. The bill would require an online retailer that has at least one physical location in the state with in-person sales to provide at all physical locations in the state with in-person sales a take back container for plastic film and expanded polystyrene packaging that provides an opportunity for a customer to return to the location clean plastic film and expanded polystyrene packaging. This bill would establish the At-Store Recycling Program. The bill would require an operator of a store, as defined, to establish an at-store recycling program that provides persons the opportunity to return clean plastic carryout bags and clean durable plastic bags to the store. The bill would require a plastic carryout bag or a durable plastic bag provided by a store to have specified information printed or displayed on the bag, and would require the placement of a collection bin in each store that is visible and easily accessible to the consumer.

AJR-4, Basel Convention: ratification. Assembly Member Garcia (D-Downey). 

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (1989) was signed but never ratified by the United States. Since China banned the import of plastic waste, much of the plastic waste collected for recycling in the United States is sent to mismanaged, highly polluting recycling operations in south and southeast Asia, where it is often dumped and burned rather than recycled safely. The Basel Convention has recently sought to address this problem and has become a vital instrument in the war against global plastic waste pollution when, in May 2019, it was amended to include mixed and contaminated plastic waste shipments within its control procedure. This measure would declare California to be in favor of the United States’ ratification of the Basel Convention at the earliest opportunity and would request the Biden Administration to accomplish this ratification as a matter of urgency.

SB 38, Beverage Containers. Senator Wieckowski (D-Fremont). 

Require distributors of beverage containers to form a stewardship organization to develop and submit a plan and budget for the recovery and recycling of empty beverage containers similar to that described in the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act, and would require a stewardship fee be paid by distributor members of the organization, to assist in covering the costs of implementing the program, reimburse the department for the department’s costs of enforcement, and face administrative civil penalties for a violation.

  • Current status:

    • Referred to Committee on Appropriations to be heard April 5, 2021.

SB 54, Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act. Senator Allen (D-Los Angeles). 

This bill would establish the Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act, which would prohibit producers of single-use, disposable packaging or single-use, disposable food service ware products from offering for sale, selling, distributing, or importing in or into the state such packaging or products that are manufactured on or after January 1, 2032, unless they are recyclable or compostable.

SB 207, Solid waste: disposable packaging and food ware. Senator Dahle (R-Redding). 

Existing law authorizes the Department of Toxic Substances Control 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. This bill would require the Secretary for Environmental Protection to, on or before April 1, 2022, convene the Photovoltaic Recycling Advisory Group, consisting of specified members, to review and advise the Legislature on policies pertaining to the recovery of photovoltaic panels and their components. The bill would require the advisory group to consult with relevant entities in order to develop and, on or before April 1, 2025, submit to the Legislature policy recommendations aimed at ensuring that, to the extent possible, 100% of photovoltaic panels in the state are reused or recycled at end of life in a safe and cost-effective manner.

  • Current status:

    • Referred to Committee on Appropriations to be heard April 5, 2021.

SB 244, Lithium-ion batteries: illegal disposal: fire prevention. Senator Archuleta (D- Los Angeles). SUPPORT.

This bill would prohibit a person from knowingly disposing of a lithium-ion battery in a container or receptacle that is intended for the collection of solid waste or recyclable materials, unless the container or receptacle is designated for the collection of batteries for recycling. The bill would require CalRecycle, on or before July 1, 2024, and in consultation with DTSC, to develop a guidance document relating to the proper handling and disposal of lithium-ion batteries and products that contain lithium-ion batteries. The bill would require a solid waste enterprise, as defined, before July 1, 2023, after consulting with the county fire marshal of every county in which the solid waste enterprise conducts solid waste collection operations, to adopt, or update if necessary, a protocol and arrange any necessary training for relevant employees that identifies procedures to follow under those same circumstances. By imposing new duties on county fire marshals, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

SB 343, Environmental advertising: recycling symbol. Senator Allen (D-Los Angeles). SUPPORT.

The bill would prohibit a person from offering for sale, selling, distributing, or importing into the state any product or packaging using a deceptive or misleading claim about its recyclability. The bill would provide that the display of a chasing arrows symbol, a chasing arrows symbol surrounding a resin identification code, or any other symbol or statement indicating the product or packaging is recyclable, or directing the consumer to recycle the product or packaging, is deemed to be a deceptive or misleading claim unless the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has determined the product or packaging is recyclable.

SB 451, Beverage container recycling: pilot projects. Senator Dodd (D- Napa).

This bill would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to establish a recycling pilot program for the collection and recycling of beverage containers. The bill would define the terms “beverage” and “beverage containers” for purposes of the pilot program to include certain beverage containers that are otherwise excluded for other purposes. The bill would make an appropriation by changing the terms and conditions under which the department is authorized to make payments from a continuously appropriated fund. The bill would require the recycling pilot program to include a requirement for a pilot project operator to submit to the department a pilot project plan with specified goals and elements, including that the pilot project operator provide the department with annual updates and a final report on or before April 1, 2026. The bill would require the department to review and approve, disapprove, or conditionally approve a pilot project operator plan within a reasonable timeframe. The bill would require the department to annually include an update on the recycling pilot program in a specified report to the Legislature. The bill would make these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2026, and would repeal them on January 1, 2027. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

  • Current status:

    • Referred to Committee on Environmental Quality to be heard April 26, 2021.

SB 605, Medical Device Right to Repair Act. Senator Eggman (D- Stockton).

This bill would enact the Medical Device Right to Repair Act, and would require an original manufacturer of powered medical equipment used in the treatment, monitoring, or diagnosis of a patient to provide documentation, parts, and tools used to inspect, diagnose, maintain, and repair powered medical equipment to a hospital and an independent service organization engaged by the hospital for the purpose of providing medical equipment maintenance and repair, on fair and reasonable terms, as defined. The bill would exempt from these requirements any trade secret information. The bill would subject a person who knowingly violates these provisions to specified civil penalties.

  • Current status:

    • Referred to Committee on Judiciary to be heard April 27, 2021.

 
 

2020 LEGISLATION

​​AB 995, Hazardous Waste. Assembly Member Garcia (D- Downey). SUPPORT. VETOED BY GOV ON 9/29/20.

This bill would create the Board of Environmental Safety in the California Environmental Protection Agency and require the board to conduct no less than 6 public meetings per year. The bill would provide for the duties of the board, which would include, among others, reviewing specified policies, processes, and programs within the hazardous waste control laws; proposing statutory, regulatory, and policy changes; and hearing and deciding appeals of hazardous waste facility permit decisions and establish an office of ombudsperson to receive complaints and suggestions from the public. This bill would require the department to review, at least once every 5 years, the financial assurances required to operate a hazardous waste facility and the cost estimates used to establish the amount of financial assurances required. The bill would require the department, no later than 90 days after receiving an application for a hazardous waste facilities permit, to post on its internet website a timeline with the estimated dates of key milestones in the application review process. This bill would repeal the provision making implementation of the act contingent upon, and limited to, the availability of funding on January 1, 2023.

  • Current Status:

    • This is a two-year bill​.

    • Referred to Senate Floor to be heard on TBD.

AB 1080, California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.  Assembly Members Gonzalez, Calderon, Friedman, and Ting. SUPPORT. FAILED TO PASS.

This bill would enact the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, which establish the policy goal of the state that, by 2030, manufacturers and retailers achieve a 75% reduction of the waste generated from single-use packaging and products offered for sale or sold in the state through source reduction, recycling, or composting.

AB 1171, Solid waste: food packaging material: local regulation.  Assembly Member Chen (D-Brea). OPPOSE. DIED ON 1/31/20.

This bill would prohibit a city, county, city and county, or other local public agency from requiring a grocery store, as defined, to use a certain type of food packaging for any food sold in the grocery store unless the majority of residential households within the jurisdiction of the local agency have access to a curbside program that accepts the material from which that food packaging is made. The bill would prohibit those local agencies from prohibiting a grocery store from using a certain type of food packaging for any food sold in the grocery store if a majority of residential households within the jurisdiction of the local agency have access to a curbside program that accepts the material from which that food packaging is made. The bill would require a local agency, if it requires a grocery store to use a certain type of food packaging, to identify the type of food packaging using standardized specifications, active at the time of the enactment of the requirement, from an established national or international organization, as provided.

  • CPSC opposes this bill.

  • Current Status:

    • This is a two-year bill.

    • Died on 1/31/20 - Did not get out of the House of origin.

 

AB 1509, Lithium Ion Batteries.  Assembly Member Mullin (D-San Mateo).  CO-SPONSORED BY CPSCSBWMA, AND CAW. FAILED TO PASS.

This bill would establish the lithium-ion battery recycling program in CalRecycle and would authorize a retailer to achieve the recycling rates for covered battery-embedded products through a take-back program or other specified mechanism.

 

AB 1672, Solid Waste:  premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes.  Assembly Member Bloom (D-Santa Monica). CO-SPONSORED BY CASA AND NSAC. SUPPORT. FAILED TO PASS.

This bill would require, commencing January 1, 2021, except as provided, certain nonwoven disposal products to be labeled clearly and conspicuously to communicate that they should not be flushed, as specified. The bill would prohibit a covered entity, as defined, from making a representation about the flushable attributes, benefits, performance, or efficacy of those nonwoven disposal products, as provided. The bill would establish enforcement provisions, including authorizing a civil penalty not to exceed $2,500 per violation to be imposed on a person who violates the bill’s provisions.

AB 1952, Microfiber Filters. Assembly Member Stone (D- Santa Cruz). SUPPORT. FAILED TO PASS.

This bill, beginning January 1, 2022, would require all washing machines owned or operated by a state entity, as defined, to include a microfiber filter, and would require state entities to install a microfiber filter on any washing machines owned or operated by the state entity before January 1, 2022. The bill, beginning January 1, 2022, would require every contract entered into, renewed, or extended by a state entity for laundry services to require the washing machines used to contain microfiber filters or to have filters installed on all drain lines, and would require the Department of General Services to adopt regulations for these purposes before January 1, 2022.

  • Current Status:

    • Referred to the Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review on 2/6/20​ to be heard TBD.

AB 1989, Menstrual Products Right to Know. Assembly Member Garcia (D- Downey). WATCHING. SIGNED INTO LAW 9/29/20.

This bill would require a package or box containing menstrual products that was manufactured for sale or distribution in this state on or after January 1, 2023, to have printed on the label a plain and conspicuous list of all ingredients in the product, by weight. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

  • Current Status:

    • Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 38. Noes 0.).

AB 2287, Plastic Product Compostability Certification. Assembly Member Eggman (D- Stockton). SIGNED INTO LAW 9/29/20. 

This bill would authorize CalRecycle to issue guidelines for determining whether a plastic product is not compliant with these labeling requirements, and whether a plastic product is designed, pigmented, or advertised in a manner that is misleading to consumers. The bill would authorize the director to adopt a specified standard for biodegradable mulch film plastic and would authorize the sale of commercial agricultural mulch film, as defined, labeled with the term “soil biodegradable” only if the commercial agricultural mulch film meets, and the director adopts, that specified standard. The bill would authorize the Department to adopt regulations for plastic product labeling to ensure that plastic products labeled “compostable,” “home compostable,” or “marine degradable” are clearly distinguishable upon quick inspection by consumers and solid waste processing facilities. The bill would update the name of a specified certification for home compost and the name of the organization that developed that certification and would make other conforming changes.

  • Current Status:

    • Referred to Senate Floor to be heard on TBD.

 

AB 2762, Cosmetics: Safety. Assembly Member Muratsuchi (D- Los Angeles). SUPPORT. SIGNED INTO LAW 9/30/20.

This bill would additionally prescribe that a cosmetic is adulterated if it contains any of several specified intentionally added ingredients or another chemical identified by the department, except under specified circumstances. This bill would specify that it is a violation of the Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law to fail to comply with guidelines or instructions issued by the division to implement the act. 

SB 54, California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.  Senator Allen (D-Los Angeles). SUPPORT. FAILED TO PASS.

This bill would enact the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, which establish the policy goal of the state that, by 2030, manufacturers and retailers achieve a 75% reduction of the waste generated from single-use packaging and products offered for sale or sold in the state through source reduction, recycling, or composting.

SB 312, Cosmetics: right to know. Senator Leyva (D- Chino). SUPPORT. SIGNED INTO LAW 9/30/20.

This bill would, commencing January 1, 2022, require a manufacturer of a cosmetic product sold in the state to disclose to the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control a list of each fragrance ingredient or flavor ingredient that is included on a designated list and a list of each fragrance allergen that is present in the cosmetic product in specified concentrations. The bill would require the division to post on its existing database of cosmetic product information a list of those fragrance ingredients and flavor ingredients in the cosmetic product and its associated health hazards. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

SB 372, Single-use plastic products: extended producer responsibility.  Senator Wieckowski (D-Fremont). DIED ON SENATE FLOOR.

This bill requires distributors of beverage containers to form a stewardship organization to develop and submit a plan and budget for the recovery and recycling of empty beverage containers similar to that described in the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act, and would require a stewardship fee to be paid by distributor members of the organization, to assist in covering the costs of implementing the program, reimburse the department for the department’s costs of enforcement, and face administrative civil penalties for a violation.

 

SB 424, Tobacco products: single-use and multi-use components (Tobacco Waste).  Senator Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).  SPONSORED BY NSAC. SUPPORT. FAILED TO PASS.

This bill would prohibit a person or entity from selling, giving, or furnishing to another person of any age in this state a cigarette utilizing a single-use filter made of any material, an attachable and single-use plastic device meant to facilitate manual manipulation or filtration of a tobacco product, and a single-use electronic cigarette or vaporizer device.  This bill would also prohibit that selling, giving, or furnishing, whether conducted directly or indirectly through an in-person transaction, or by means of any public or private method of shipment or delivery to an address in this state.

SB 1152, Solar panels: disposal: labeling. Senator Skinner (D-Berkeley). SPONSORING. FAILED TO PASS.

This bill would require, on and after January 1, 2023, a manufacturer of a solar panel sold in California to include a permanently affixed label that provides information necessary to facilitate proper disposal or recycling of the solar panel at the end of its useful life. The bill would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the Public Utilities Commission, to develop regulations implementing that labeling requirement, as provided.

  • Current status:

    • Referred to the Senate Committee on Rules, hearing date TBD.

SB 1156, Lithium-ion batteries: illegal disposal. Senator Archuleta (D- Los Angeles). SUPPORT. FAILED TO PASS.

This bill would prohibit a person from knowingly disposing of a lithium-ion battery in a container that is intended for the collection of solid waste or recyclable materials, unless the container or receptacle is designated for the collection of batteries for recycling. The bill would require CalRecycle, after January 1, 2022, and in consultation with DTSC, to develop a guidance document relating to the proper handling and disposal of lithium-ion batteries and products that contain lithium-ion batteries. The bill would require the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in consultation with relevant state agencies and stakeholders, to develop a model protocol and training that identifies best practices for the detection, safe handling, and suppression of fires that originate from discarded lithium-ion batteries or products that contain lithium-ion batteries on or in solid waste or recycling collection vehicles, transfer or processing stations, or disposal facilities, as provided. The bill would require a solid waste enterprise, as defined after consulting with the county fire marshal of every county in which the solid waste enterprise conducts solid waste collection operations, to adopt a protocol identifying procedures to follow under those same circumstances. By imposing new duties on county fire marshals, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

 

2017-19 LEGISLATION

Successful legislation sponsored or supported by CPSC and examples of our advocacy. 

AB 142

(Garcia, 2019)

Updating fees on

lead acid batteries

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AB 187

(Garcia, 2019)

Updating Mattress Stewardship Program for transparency and protecting public funds

Cleaning Products

SB 726 

(Caballero, 2019)

HHW Material Exchange

Pile of Pills

SB 212

(Jackson, 2018)

Extended Producer Responsibility for Pharmaceuticals and Sharps

Carpet Vacuum

AB 729

(Chu, 2019)

Updating carpet stewardship program to modulate and protect public fee money

Woman Rolling Carpet

AB 1158

(Chu, 2017)

Updating Carpet Stewardship Program for transparency on program performance

 

GENERAL INFO

What is extended producer responsibility (EPR)?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), also known as Product Stewardship, is a strategy to place a shared responsibility for end-of-life product management on the producers, and all entities involved in the product chain, instead of the general public; while encouraging product design changes that minimize a negative impact on human health and the environment at every stage of the product's lifecycle. This allows the costs of treatment and disposal to be incorporated into the total cost of a product. It places primary responsibility on the producer, or brand owner, who makes design and marketing decisions. It also creates a setting for markets to emerge that truly reflect the environmental impacts of a product, and to which producers and consumers respond.

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