Statutes of 2019

  • AB 54 (Ting, Chapter 793, Statutes of 2019) The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. (1) Temporarily exempted beverage dealers, based on certain factors, from requirements in the Beverage Container Recycling Program (BCRP); (2) authorized $5 million from the Beverage Container Recycling Fund (Fund), based on certain factors, for supplemental payments to recycling centers; and, (3) extended the sunset, increased flexibility, and provided funding for the Beverage Container Recycling Pilot Program.
  • AB 187 (Garcia, C., Chapter 673, Statutes of 2019) Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act. (1) Required the mattress recycling organization (MRO) to limit its reserve fund; (2) required CalRecycle to establish goals and metrics for consumer convenience and retailer access to the mattress recycling program; (3) established a contingency plan to address a situation in which the MRO’s stewardship plan expires, is disapproved, or is revoked; and, (4) aligned various other provisions in the mattress recycling program with other Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs administered by CalRecycle.
  • AB 729 (Chu, Chapter 680, Statutes of 2019) Carpet recycling: carpet stewardship. (1) Required a carpet stewardship organization to include a contingency plan in a stewardship plan submitted to CalRecycle; (2) required the stewardship organization to impose differential assessments on carpet based on material type; and, (3) increased the civil penalty for violations from $1,000 to $5,000. 
  • AB 815 (Aguiar-Curry, Chapter 182, Statutes of 2019) Integrated waste management plans: source reduction and recycling element and household hazardous waste element: dual stream recycling programs. Specified that CalRecycle will consider whether a jurisdiction has adopted a dual-stream collection system when determining if the jurisdiction has made a good faith effort to implement its source reduction and recycling element (SRRE). 
  • AB 827 (McCarty, Chapter 441, Statutes of 2019) Solid waste: commercial and organic waste: recycling bins. (1) Required commercial waste and organic waste generators, as defined by the Integrated Waste Management Act, to provide recycling and organic waste bins to customers; (2) provided an exemption from these requirements to full-service restaurants; and, (3) required CalRecycle to develop model signage by July 1, 2020. 
  • AB 1583 (Eggman, Chapter 793, Statutes of 2019) The California Recycling Market Development Act. (1) Extended the sunset on the Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) Loan Program; (2) extended the sunset on the Sales and Use Tax Exclusion Program within the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA); (3) removed certain labeling requirements for rigid plastic bottles and plastic containers sold in California; and, (4) directed CalRecycle to convene a Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling.

Statutes of 2018

  • SB 212 (Jackson, Chapter 1004, Statutes of 2018) Solid waste: pharmaceutical and sharp waste stewardship. Established an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program for home-generated pharmaceutical drugs and sharps waste within CalRecycle. 
  • SB 720 (Allen, Chapter 374, Statutes of 2018) Environmental Education: Environmental Principles and Concepts. (1) Stated the intent of the Legislature that environmental literacy constitutes an important curriculum content area; (2) provided strategies for the Superintendent of Public Instruction to improve statewide environmental literacy; and, (3) clarified the process for the Office of Education and the Environment, within CalRecycle, to update the Environmental Principles and Concepts. 
  • SB 1335 (Allen, Chapter 610, Statutes of 2018) Solid waste: food service packaging: state agencies, facilities, and property. (1) Beginning January 1, 2021, prohibited a food service facility, located within a state-owned facility, from dispensing prepared, ready-to-eat food or beverages that are not packaged in a reusable, recyclable, or compostable manner, as prescribed by CalRecycle; (2) Required CalRecycle to adopt regulations to determine allowable food service packaging and publish a list of approved food service packaging within 90 days of adopting the regulations. 
  • AB 1933 (Maienschein, Chapter 808, Statutes of 2018) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: recycling infrastructure projects. Specified the following activities are eligible for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund moneys from CalRecycle: (1) food recovery and food waste prevention activities; (2) expansions of facilities that process recyclable materials; and, (3) projects that improve the quality of recycled materials.
  • AB 2411 (McCarty, Chapter 238, Statutes of 2018) Solid waste: use of compost: planning. (1) Required CalRecycle to develop and implement a plan, by December 31, 2019, to maximize the use of compost for specified purposes as part of debris removal services following a fire; and, (2) required CalRecycle to coordinate with the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to identify best practices of the cost-effective use of compost along roadways and develop an implementation plan for Caltrans’ 12 districts.
  • AB 2493 (Bloom, Chapter 715, Statutes of 2018) Beverage container recycling: recycling centers and payments. Authorized CalRecycle to issue payments electronically within the California Beverage Container Recycling Program and altered operational and payment requirements for recycling centers that utilize reverse vending machines (RVMs) or other unmanned automated equipment. 
  • AB 2832 (Dahle, Chapter 822, Statutes of 2018) Recycling and reuse: lithium-ion batteries. (1) Required the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency to convene the Lithium-Ion Car Battery Recycling Advisory Group by April 1, 2019; (2) required the Advisory Group to contain at least one member representing CalRecycle; and (3) required the Advisory Group to submit policy recommendations to the Legislature, by April 1, 2022, on methods to maximize the reuse or recycling of lithium-ion vehicle batteries in a safe and cost-effective manner. 

Statutes of 2017

  • SB 458 (Wiener, Chapter 648, Statutes of 2017) Beverage container recycling: pilot projects. Authorized CalRecycle to approve up to five pilot projects, proposed by local governments, with the intent of providing convenient beverage container redemption opportunities in unserved convenience zones.
  • AB 906 (Bloom, Chapter 823, Statutes of 2017) Beverage containers: polyethylene terephthalate. Clarified the chemical composition and melting point of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to exclude certain derivatives, such as polyethylene terephthalate monoethylene glycol (PETG) from being included in the same Resin Identification Code. 
  • AB 1294 (Berman, Chapter 664, Statutes of 2017) Solid waste: plastic products. Removed the sunset date on the law that requires plastic food container manufacturers, who claim their product contains recycled content, to maintain specified records in support of that claim. 

Statutes of 2016

  • AB 1005 (Gordon, Chapter 442, Statutes of 2016). California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: Market Development Payments. 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.
  • AB 1103 (Dodd, Chapter 443, Statutes of 2016) Solid Waste Disposal: Self-Haulers. 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.
  • AB 1419 (Eggman, Chapter 445, Statutes of 2016) Hazardous Waste: Cathode Ray Tube Glass. (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.
  • AB 1613 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 370, Statutes of 2016) Budget Act of 2016. (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).
  • AB 1669 (Hernandez, Chapter 874, Statutes of 2016) Displaced Employees: Service Contracts: Collection and Transportation of Solid Waste. 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.
  • AB 1817 (Stone, Chapter 21, Statutes of 2016) Solid Waste: Garbage and Refuse Disposal Districts: Board of Directors. 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.
  • AB 1858 (Santiago, Chapter 449, Statutes of 2016) Automobile Dismantling: Task Force. 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.
  • AB 2153 (Garcia, Chapter 666, Statutes of 2016) The Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act of 2016. 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.
  • AB 2396 (McCarty, Chapter 446, Statutes of 2016) Solid Waste: Annual Reports. 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.
  • AB 2511 (Levine, Chapter 331, Statutes of 2016) Fertilizing Materials: Auxiliary Soil and Plant Substances: Biochar. Defines biochar as an auxiliary soil and plant substance that is the byproduct of thermochemical conversion of biomass.
  • AB 2530 (Gordon, Chapter 861, Statutes of 2016) Recycling: Beverage Containers. Require 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.
  • AB 2812 (Gordon, Chapter 530, Statutes of 2016) Solid Waste: Recycling: State Agencies and Large State Facilities. Requires CalRecycle to provide guidance for collecting and recycling recyclable materials in office buildings of state agencies and large state facilities.
  • SB 423 (Bates, Chapter 771, Statutes of 2016) Surplus Household Consumer Product Waste: Management. 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.
  • SB 859 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Chapter 368, Statutes of 2016) Public Resources: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Biomass. 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.
  • SB 970 (Leyva, Chapter 365, Statutes of 2016) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: Grant Program: Recyclable Materials. Requires CalRecycle to consider specified factors when awarding grants for organics recycling projects.
  • SB 1000 (Leyva, Chapter 587, Statutes of 2016) Land Use: General Plans: Safety and Environmental Justice. 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.
  • SB 1229 (Jackson, Chapter 238, Statutes of 2016) Home-Generated Pharmaceutical Waste: Secure Drug Take-Back Bins. 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.
  • SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395) Short-Lived Climate Pollutants: Methane Emissions: Dairy and Livestock: Organic Waste: Landfills. (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.

Statutes of 2015

  • AB 199 (Eggman, Chapter 768, Statutes of 2015) Alternative Energy: Recycled Feedstock. Expands projects eligible for the sales and use tax exclusion to include projects that process or utilize recycled feedstock.
  • AB 876 (McCarty, Chapter 593, Statutes of 2015) Compostable Organics. 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.
  • AB 888 (Bloom, Chapter 594, Statutes of 2015) Waste Management: Plastic Microbeads. Prohibits the selling of personal care products containing plastic microbeads in California.
  • AB 901 (Gordon, Chapter 746, Statutes of 2015) Solid Waste: Reporting Requirements: Enforcement. Updates recycling and composting reporting requirements and provides enforcement authority for those requirements and existing disposal reporting requirements.
  • AB 1045 (Irwin, Chapter 596, Statutes of 2015) Organic Waste: Composting. 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.
  • AB 1071 (Atkins, Chapter 585, Statutes of 2015) Supplemental Environmental Projects. 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.
  • SB 162 (Galgiani, Chapter 351, Statutes of 2015) Treated Wood Waste. 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.
  • SB 662 (Committee on Environmental Quality, Chapter 453, Statutes of 2015) Recycling. 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.