Chapter 746, statutes of 2015 (Assembly Bill 901, Gordon) was signed by Governor Brown and changes how organics, recyclable material, and solid waste are reported to CalRecycle. Disposal, recycling, and compost facilities, as well as exporters, brokers, and transporters of recyclables or compost will be required to submit information directly to CalRecycle on the types, quantities, and destinations of materials that are disposed of, sold, or transferred inside or outside of the state. CalRecycle also gains enforcement authority to collect this information. Chapter 746, statutes of 2015 (AB 901) was codified in Public Resources Code section 41821.5.
The data acquired by the new regulations will inform CalRecycle’s understanding of material flows within the State’s recycling infrastructure; allow CalRecycle to better estimate total recycling and composting; and assist CalRecycle to track progress towards several state goals and programs, including the 75 percent recycling goal, mandatory commercial recycling, and organics diversion programs. This information will allow CalRecycle to implement various improvements in areas such as increased responsiveness to changes in the recycling landscape, operational efficiencies, and the targeting of state resources to recycling infrastructure to foster a circular economy.
Affected Regulatory Code Sections
California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 7, Chapter 9, Article 9.2, commencing with section 18800.
Current Status and Documents
The seventh draft of the proposed regulatory text was released on October 1, 2018 for a 15-day formal comment period that will close on October 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Please refer to the “Notice of Changes to Proposed AB 901 Regulations” document in the "Documents" section below for information on how to comment. The proposed regulatory text can also be found below in the "Documents" section. A copy of the seventh draft of the proposed regulatory text can be found below as well as a high level summary of changes and a clean (less marked-up) copy, which is to be used for reference purposes only. Copies of comments received during the 15-day and 45-day periods can be found below under the “Stakeholder Input” section.
To receive updates on the proposed regulations for recycling and disposal facility reporting, please register for the reporting rulemaking listserv.
Our current schedule for regulation and reporting system development is below. This is a tentative estimate based upon the latest version of the proposed regulatory text and is subject to change.
For disposal and recycling reporting:
- Solid Waste Facility Reporting Continues in DRS through Q2 2019
- Adoption of the Regulations: Late 2018
- Development of the Electronic Reporting System: 2018-Early 2019
- Outreach and Training: Early 2018-Mid 2019
- Initial Online Facility Registration in the Recycling and Disposal Reporting System (RDRS): April 1-30, 2019
- Reporting Entities Begin Recording Required Information for RDRS Reports on July 1, 2019
- Reporting Entities Submit Online RDRS Reports for the Third Quarter of 2019
- Haulers: October 31, 2019
- Transfer/Processors, Recycler/Composters, Broker/Transporters: November 30, 2019
- Disposal Facilities: December 31, 2019
- Notice of Changes to Proposed AB 901 Regulations (Second 15-day)
- Seventh Draft Regulations, October 2018
- Seventh Draft Regulations, Clean Copy (for reference purposes), October 2018
- High Level Summary of Changes from Sixth to Seventh Draft
- Notice of Changes (First 15-day)
- Sixth Draft Regulations, May 2018
- Explanation of Changes from Fifth to Sixth Draft
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
- Fifth Draft Regulations Published by OAL, January 2018
- Initial Statement of Reasons
- Fourth Draft Regulations, September 2017
- Explanation of Changes from Third to Fourth Draft Regulations
- Third Draft Regulations, February 2017
- December 2016 Stakeholder Workshop Presentation
- Second Draft Regulations, November 2016
- First Draft Regulations, June 2016
- Chapter 746, Statutes of 2015 (AB 901) Text
- July 2016 Stakeholder Workshop Presentation
- August 2016 Stakeholder Workshop Presentation
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You may contact CalRecycle staff at AB901.Reporting@calrecycle.ca.gov.
Also, subscribe to the Recycling and Disposal Facility Reporting Listserv for emails regarding rulemaking developments.
Rulemaking HistoryFour rounds of informal workshops took place in April, July, August and December in Northern and Southern California. See the "Stakeholder Input" section for more information.
CalRecycle has received and evaluated comment letters from several stakeholders after the workshops in August 2017.
- AB 901 Second Comment Period, 15-Day, May 2018
- AB 901 First Comment Period, 45-Day, January-March 2018
Other comments received on this rulemaking:
CalRecycle held several informal workshops for stakeholders to provide feedback on the creation of AB 901 disposal and recycling reporting regulations.
- March 14, 2018 (Sacramento) | Video
- December 13, 2016 (Southern California) | Video
- December 12, 2016 (Sacramento) | Video
- August 24, 2016 (Sacramento) | Videos: Products and Material Types | General Topics
- August 23, 2016 (Sacramento) | Videos: Penalties/enforcement | Multiple operations | Jurisdictional requests & confidentiality | Methodologies for determining origin & sector
- August 22, 2016 (Sacramento) | Videos: Thresholds | Organics management
- July 12, 2016 (Diamond Bar) | Video
- July 7, 2016 (Sacramento) | Video
- April 26, 2016 (Diamond Bar) | Video
- April 19, 2016 (Sacramento) | Video
Stakeholders also had the opportunity to view the workshops in real time.