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
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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 509
Frazier D)

Amended:   6/22/2017
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Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program.
9/1/2017 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 7/17/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
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)

Chaptered:   10/16/2017
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Beverage containers: polyethylene terephthalate.
10/15/2017 - Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 823, Statutes of 2017.
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)

Chaptered:   10/14/2017
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Carpet recycling.
10/14/2017 - Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 794, Statutes of 2017.
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 a carpet stewardship plan to achieve a 24% recycling rate for postconsumer carpet by January 1, 2020, and to include quantifiable 5-year goals and annual goals, as specified.  
AB 1219
Eggman D)

Chaptered:   10/9/2017
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Food donations.
10/9/2017 - Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 619, Statutes of 2017.
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)

Chaptered:   10/11/2017
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Solid waste: plastic products.
10/11/2017 - Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 664, Statutes of 2017.
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. 
SB 60
Glazer D)

Introduced:   12/21/2016
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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 102
Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)

Amended:   6/12/2017
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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 458
Wiener D)

Chaptered:   10/10/2017
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Beverage container recycling: pilot projects.
10/10/2017 - Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 648, Statutes of 2017.
Would, until January 1, 2020, authorize up to 5 limited-term recycling pilot projects, subject to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery approval, that are designed to improve redemption opportunities in unserved convenience zones. The bill would subject the pilot projects to certain requirements, including, among others, that the pilot project is served by a pilot project recycler meeting certain requirements. The bill would require dealers within the jurisdiction of a pilot project to post certain information relating to pilot project locations, as specified, and a department-established toll-free number for information relating to beverage container recycling opportunities. 
SB 771
De León D)

Amended:   7/18/2017
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California Environmental Quality Act: continuing education: public employees.
9/13/2017 - Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Calderon.
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: 10

Total Tracking Forms: 10

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