California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 


Current Priority Bills

Check this report regularly for information on current bills of interest to CalRecycle. The information is updated continuously via CapitolTrack. Information on past bills of interest from prior legislative sessions is available from the archives. All bills (back to the 1999-2000 session) can be searched at the California Legislature's site.

Status of Priority Bills, 2017-2018 Session

Measure Topic-Status Description
AB 178
Eggman D)

Amended:   4/24/2017
California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act.
4/25/2017 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act defines the term “beverage” for purposes of the act to include certain types of products in liquid, ready-to-drink form, as specified. The act excludes from the definition of “beverage,” among other products, any product sold in a container that is not an aluminum beverage container, a glass container, a plastic beverage container, or a bimetal container. This bill would eliminate reference to the material from which a beverage container is made in defining the terms “beverage” and “beverage container.” Because redemption payments for the previously excluded beverage container material types made subject to the act by this bill would be deposited in a continuously appropriated fund, the bill would make an appropriation. 
AB 444
Ting D)

Amended:   4/18/2017
Medical waste: home-generated medical waste.
7/14/2017 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was E.Q. on 6/8/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
The Medical Waste Management Act generally regulates the management and disposal of medical waste.This bill would authorize the California Environmental Protection Agency to develop a statewide program for the collection, transportation, and disposal of home-generated medical waste, as defined. 
AB 509
Frazier D)

Amended:   6/22/2017
Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program.
7/17/2017 - In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.
Would require, until January 1, 2024, upon a specified finding by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, a waste tire generator that is a retail seller of new tires to end user purchasers to pay a California tire regulatory fee and to remit that fee to the state on a quarterly schedule for deposit in the California Tire Recycling Management Fund. The bill would require the department to track revenue from the California tire regulatory fee separately and would prohibit those funds from being used for activities other than those specified.  
AB 906
Bloom D)

Amended:   6/6/2017
Beverage containers: polyethylene terephthalate.
6/21/2017 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 1.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Would, on and after October 1, 2018, define polyethylene terephthalate for the purposes of the labeling requirement as a plastic having certain characteristics, including, among other things, a melting peak temperature, as determined by a specified procedure, within a specified temperature range. Because the mislabeling of a bottle or container made of polyethylene terephthalate that does not meet those physical characteristics would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
AB 1158
Chu D)

Amended:   7/10/2017
Carpet recycling.
7/10/2017 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Current law requires a manufacturer of carpets sold in this state to submit, either individually or through a carpet stewardship organization, a carpet stewardship plan that meets specified requirements to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. This bill would provide that it is the goal of the state to reach a 24% recycling rate for postconsumer carpet by January 1, 2020, and to meet or exceed that rate continually thereafter. The bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2023, to establish a minimum postconsumer carpet recycling rate requirement.  
AB 1219
Eggman D)

Amended:   7/18/2017
Food donations.
7/18/2017 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Current law specifies that a food facility that donates any food that is fit for human consumption at the time it was donated to a nonprofit charitable organization or a food bank is not liable for any damage or injury resulting from the consumption of the donated food, unless the injury resulted from negligence or a willful act in the preparation or handling of the donated food. This bill, the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, would expand these provisions to persons and gleaners who donate food, as defined. The bill would narrow the exception to protection from liability to injury resulting from gross negligence or intentional misconduct.  
AB 1294
Berman D)

Amended:   4/17/2017
Solid waste: plastic products.
6/29/2017 - From Consent Calendar. Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Hill.
Current law, until January 1, 2018, requires a manufacturer or supplier of plastic products making an environmental marketing claim relating to the recycled content of a plastic food container product to maintain specified information and documentation in written form in its records in support of that claim. Current law provides for the imposition of a civil penalty by a city, county, or the state for a violation of those provisions. This bill would extend indefinitely the provision concerning recycled content market claims. 
AB 1572
Aguiar-Curry D)

Enrollment:   7/18/2017
Integrated waste management plans: source reduction and recycling element: review schedule.
7/18/2017 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 12:45 p.m.
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, which is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, requires each city, county, and regional agency, if any, to develop a source reduction and recycling element of an integrated waste management plan containing specified components. Those entities are required to divert 50% of all solid waste subject to the element through source reduction, recycling, and composting, except as specified. A city, county, or regional agency is required to submit an annual report to the department summarizing its progress in reducing solid waste. Current law requires the department, until January 1, 2018, to review a jurisdiction’s compliance with those diversion requirements every 2 or 4 years. This bill would postpone the repeal of that conditional review schedule, and postpone the corresponding operation of the department’s 2-year review schedule, to January 1, 2022. 
SB 60
Glazer D)

Introduced:   12/21/2016
Recycling: beverage containers: convenience zones.
2/15/2017 - February 15 hearing: Testimony taken. Hearing postponed by committee.
Would, until July 1, 2017, exempt from the requirement that each convenience zone be served by at least one certified recycling center (1) a convenience zone that was served by or exempted because of a recycling center that closed between January 1, 2016, and March 31, 2016, or that is closed as a result of an action taken by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery on or after July 1, 2016, and (2) a convenience zone that is in a jurisdiction with a land use restriction that prevents the siting or operation of a certified recycling center on or after July 1, 2016.  
SB 92
Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)

Chaptered:   6/27/2017
Public resources.
6/27/2017 - Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 26, Statutes of 2017.
Current law regulating commercial fishing imposes, or authorizes the imposition of, various license, permit, and registration fees. Current law requires specified persons to pay commercial fishing fees, referred to as a “landing tax,” calculated on the total weight of fish delivered, based on a rate-per-pound schedule applicable to specified aquatic species. This bill would rename the “landing tax” as a “landing fee” and would revise the rate schedule by increasing certain fees while decreasing other fees to specified amounts. The bill would make conforming and other related changes.  
SB 102
Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)

Amended:   6/12/2017
California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: state property.
6/12/2017 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on BUDGET.
Current law requires the Department of General Services to deposit revenues received from parking fees at motor vehicle parking facilities owned by the department or other state agencies in the General Fund for expenditure by the department for the construction, operation, and maintenance of motor vehicle parking facilities under the jurisdiction of the department or any other state agency, and thereby creates a continuously appropriated fund. This bill would authorize the department to enter into one or more leases, as lessor or lessee, and other related agreements with the Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA) under which CADA will be responsible for developing a parking structure and retail space that is located on specified property located in the City of Sacramento.  
SB 212
Jackson D)

Introduced:   2/1/2017
Medical waste.
7/21/2017 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(11). (Last location was E.S. & T.M. on 5/18/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Current law, the Medical Waste Management Act, administered by the State Department of Public Health, regulates the management and handling of medical waste, as defined.This bill add to the act a definition of “home-generated pharmaceutical waste” as a prescription or over-the-counter human or veterinary home-generated pharmaceutical that is waste and is derived from a household, including, but not limited to, a multifamily residence or household. 
SB 458
Wiener D)

Amended:   6/22/2017
Beverage container recycling: pilot projects.
7/20/2017 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
A beverage distributor is required to pay a redemption payment to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery for every beverage container sold or offered for sale in the state to a dealer, and the department is required to deposit those amounts in the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund. The money in the fund is continuously appropriated to the department to, among other things, pay handling fees to certified recycling centers. The act requires processors to pay refund values, administrative costs, and processing payments to certified recycling centers, dropoff or collection programs, and curbside programs. This bill would, until July 1, 2020, authorize up to 5 limited-term recycling pilot projects, subject to department approval, that are designed to improve redemption opportunities in unserved convenience zones.  
SB 557
Hernandez D)

Amended:   6/22/2017
Food donations and pupil meals: schools.
7/13/2017 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (July 12). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Current law generally prohibits food that is unused or returned by the consumer, after being served or sold and in the possession of a consumer, from being offered as food for human consumption. Current law authorizes a container of food that is not potentially hazardous to be transferred from one consumer to another if the food is dispensed so that it is protected from contamination and the container is closed between uses or if the food is in an unopened original package and is maintained in sound condition, and if the food is checked periodically on a regular basis. This bill would exempt from this prohibition specified food that food service staff, pupils, and faculty return to a sharing table at a local educational agency, as defined, and that is made available to pupils during the course of a regular school meal time or then donated to a food bank or any other nonprofit charitable organization, as specified.  
SB 771
De León D)

Amended:   7/18/2017
California Environmental Quality Act: continuing education: public employees.
7/18/2017 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Would establish a continuing education requirement for employees of public agencies who have primary responsibility to administer the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA, as specified. Because this bill would require a public agency to ensure that this continuing education requirement is met, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. 

Total Measures: 15

Total Tracking Forms: 15

7/29/2017 4:38:20 AM
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