California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

California Solid Waste Legislation

Final Status of Priority Bills, 2011-2012 Session

This is the final status of bills at the end of the 2011-12 legislative session.

Assembly Bills
Bill Information Location Summary
AB 341 (Chesbro)

Solid Waste: Diversion
Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011 Requires CalRecycle to issue a report to the Legislature that includes strategies and recommendations that would enable the state to divert 75 percent of the solid waste generated in the state from disposal by January 1, 2020; (2) requires businesses that meet specified thresholds in the bill to arrange for recycling services by January 1, 2012; (3) streamlines the amendment process for non-disposal facility elements, by allowing changes without review and comment from a local task force; and (4) allows a solid waste facility to modify their existing permit, instead of having to undergo a permit revision, under specified circumstances.
AB 480 (Solorio)

Solid Waste Facilities: Captive Insurance
Chapter 713, Statutes of 2012 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.
AB 525 (Gordon)
D-Menlo Park

Solid Waste: Architectural Paint Recycling Program
Chapter 573, Statutes of 2011 Establishes the Architectural Paint Stewardship Account and the Architectural Paint Stewardship Penalty Subaccount in the Integrated Waste Management Fund.
AB 549 (Carter)
D-San Bernardino

Electronic Waste
Chapter 573, Statutes of 2012 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).
AB 712 (Williams)
D-Santa Barbara

Recycling: Beverage Containers
Chapter 576, Statues of 2011 Prohibits expenditure of funds from the Beverage Container Recycling Program to a city, or city and county that has prevented the siting or operation of a certified recycling center at a supermarket site, due to the adoption or enforcement of a land-use restriction.
AB 818 (Blumenfield)
D-Woodland Hills

Solid Waste: Multifamily Dwellings
Chapter 279, Statutes of 2011 Requires the owner of a multifamily dwelling that contains five or more living units to arrange for recycling services.
AB 837 (Nestande)
R-Palm Desert

Plastic Products
Chapter 525, Statutes of 2012 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
AB 845 (Ma)
D-San Francisco

Solid Waste
Chapter 526, Statutes of 2012 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.
AB 1023 (Wagner)

Maintenance of the Codes
Chapter 296, Statutes of 2011 Makes minor clarifying changes and corrections to various California Codes including the Government and Public Resources Codes.
AB 1149 (Gordon)
D-Menlo Park

Beverage Containers: Recycling and Litter Reduction: Funds
Chapter 486, Statutes of 2011 Requires CalRecycle to consider certain criteria in setting the amount of the Plastic Market Development Payment, and extends the program authorization for expenditure through January 1, 2017. In addition to the current authorized expenditure of $10 million, the bill would provide authorization for additional monies to be expended from the Beverage Container Recycling Fund for such payments, based on specified criteria. The bill would also delete other grant provisions that are due to sunset on January 1, 2012.
AB 1181 (Butler)

Weights and Measures
Chapter 662, Statutes of 2012 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.
AB 1442 (Wieckowski)

Pharmaceutical Waste
Chapter 689, Statutes of 2012 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.
AB 1508 (Carter)
D-San Bernardino

Junk Dealers
Chapter 531, Statutes of 2012 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.
AB 1647 (Gordon)
D-Menlo Park

Waste Tires
Chapter 534, Statutes of 2012 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.
AB 1900 (Gatto)
D-Silver Lake

Renewable Energy Resources
Chapter 602, Statutes of 2012 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.
AB 1933 (Gordon)
D-Menlo Park

Beverage Containers
Chapter 540, Statutes of 2012 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.
AB 2196 (Chesbro)

Renewable Energy Resources
Chapter 605, Statutes of 2012 Reinstates Renewable Portfolio Standard eligibility for facilities using biomethane, meeting certain requirements.
Senate Bills
Bill Header Location Summary
SB 84 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)

Budget Act of 2010: Revisions
Chapter 13, Statutes of 2011 Seeks to transfer moneys to the General Fund, as a loan, from the Used Oil Recycling Fund and the Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Account.
SB 567 (DeSaulnier)

Recycling: Plastic Products
Chapter 594, Statutes of 2011 Expands the scope of plastic products currently subject to a sales prohibition if environmental claims are not consistent with specific American Society for Testing and Materials Standards.
SB 617 (Calderon)

State Government: Financial and Administrative: Accountability
Chapter 496, Statutes of 2011 Updates state government accounting practices by requiring state agencies to implement ongoing monitoring of internal accounting and financial controls in two areas of law.
SB 841 (Wolk)
D-San Francisco

Solid Waste: Enterprises: Contracts
Chapter 713, Statutes of 2011 Restricts local governments from enforcing indemnity obligations on a solid waste enterprise for failing to obtain voter approval on fees or charges that violate Propositions 26 and 218.
SB 909 (La Malfa)

Treated Wood Waste: Disposal
Chapter 601, Statutes of 2011 Requires that an Internet web site and toll-free number be added to the point-of-display posting required of wholesalers and retailers of treated wood and treated wood-like products.
SB 1122 (Rubio)

Renewable Bioenergy Projects
Chapter 612, Statutes of 2012 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
SB 1219 (Wolk)
D-San Francisco

Plastic Bags
Chapter 384, Statutes of 2012 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.
Last updated: May 16, 2013
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