The 2015-2016 session of the California legislature presents an opportunity for our state to lead the way on several issues related to recycling, water pollution and other areas critical to a healthy environment. Click Here for Past Legislation
AB 2725 (Chiu) will standardize date labels on food, creating one standard label for "best if used by" and one standard label for "expires on." Confusing, misleading, and cryptic food labels lead many consumers and stores to throw out perfectly healthy food every day. Date labels on food come in a dizzying variety of forms including “use by,” “best before,” “sell by,” and “enjoy by” dates, yet these simple markers are both poorly understood and surprisingly under-regulated, such that their meanings and time frames are generally not defined.
AB 2530 (Gordon) will require all plastic beverage containers to be labeled with their amount of recycled content. Given the huge amount of plastic beverage containers that is sold in California, incorporating recycled content into plastic beverage containers can have important environmental benefits. To help create a closed loop recycling system, and support in-state recycling and manufacturing, and to increase the amount of products sold in California containing recycled content, AB 2530 will enhance market demand for Post Consumer plastic collected/processed in California to support public/private investment.
AB 1005 (Gordon) will extend the Plastic Market Development Program. The program has successfully increased the in-state processing and use of recycled plastic, spurring private investment and jobs. Prior to the existence of the program, less than 2 percent of plastic beverage containers collected for recycling were processed and manufactured into new products in California. The remainder was exported. By 2014, in-state plastic processing and use increased by more than 3,000 percent to almost 100,000 tons. Click here for more information.
SIGNED INTO LAW! AB 888 (Bloom) would ban the sale of plastic microbeads contained in toothpaste, facial scrubs and other personal care products. The tiny pieces of plastic are dumped into oceans and fresh water sources by the trillions. They absorb environmental toxins before they are consumed by fish and wildlife, polluting our food chain. This bill was signed into law by Governor Brown. Please check out this wonderful video produced by AB 888 co-sponsor the Story of Stuff Project and click here for More Information.
SB 778 (Allen) will require that motor oil change shops follow the oil drain interval specified in the customer vehicle owner’s manual when recommending the date or mileage for the next oil change and that recommendations be reflected in the form of a window sticker or other means. Click Here for More Information.
SIGNED INTO LAW! AB 199 (Eggman) would provide a sales and use tax exemption on recycling equipment as well as manufacturing equipment that uses recycled material. With new equipment to process recyclable material into new, marketable projects, California businesses would be able to increase the demand for recyclable material. This bill has been signed into law by Governor Brown. Click here for more information.
AB 1447 (Alejo) would set a 10% minimum recycled content for PET (plastic) food and beverage containers and extend the current 35% minimum recycled content on glass currently applied to in-state manufacturers to all glass bottles filled or manufactured in state. This would increase demand for the materials that Californians recycle every day. Cheap global oil prices are encouraging the use of 'virgin' materials and increasing destructive mining and air pollution associated with their production. This bill was approved by the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources but was held in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. Click Here for More Information.
AB 1239 (Atkins, Gordon) Tire Recycling : would reform incentive payments to increase the state's stagnant recycling rate and allow recyclers to compete with disposal, export and illegal dumping alternatives. This would help expand the state's tire recycling infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gases, create jobs, and cut the statewide and local costs associated with tire cleanup. The Assembly approved this bill on June 2, 2015, and it is currently in the Senate. Click Here for More Information.