Current Legislation

AB 1699 (Bloom) Micro-beads
Summary.  Banning Plastic Microbeads from personal care products Position and Status. CAW Supports. The bill passed through the Senate Committee for Environmental Quality on June 18th and the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 24. It is currently awaiting a vote on the Senate Floor.   Description. Micro-beads are pervasive in the environment, absorb persistent organic pollutants (long-lasting toxic chemicals like DDT, PAHs, PCBs [flame-retardants]) and other industrial chemicals, and are consumed by a variety of marine life, including the fish we harvest for food. AB 1699 would prohibit, on or after January 1, 2019, the sale or promotion of personal care products, such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpastes containing plastic micro-beads. CAW Staff Contacts.      Sue Vang (916) 443-5422 


Assembly Member Richard Bloom 

SB 1014 (Jackson) Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program

Summary Creates voluntary takeback programs to adopt model guidelines as established under SB 966 (Simitian).

Position and Status CAW Supports. Referred to Assembly Appropriations. Passed Assembly ESTM and BPCP committees on 6/17/14 and 6/24/14, respectively. Previously passed Senate Floor on 5/29/14.

AB 2284 (Williams-Correa) Household Batteries

Summary. Product stewardship for household batteries

Position and Status. CAW Supports. 

AB 1826 (Chesbro) - Organics Recycling

Summary. AB 1826 will drive the recycling of yard trimming and food scraps by requiring commercial generators to subscribe to composting or anaerobic digestion service for their organic waste. 

Position and Status. AB 1826 is sponsored by CAW. It has passed the legislature and been signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Update: Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1826 into law!

AB 1594 (Williams) Compostable Organics Management

Summary. AB 1594 (Williams) will eliminate a loophole in state law that allows some yard trimmings and prunings that are used as landfill cover to count as being “diverted” from landfills. This state law virtually subsidizes the landfilling of this valuable material and is a major disincentive for recycling organics.

Position and Status. AB 1594 is sponsored by CAW. It has passed the legislature and been signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Update: Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1594 into law!

SB 270 (Padilla, de León, and Lara) Single Use Grocery Bags

Summary Phases out single-use plastic grocery bags. Reusable, paper, and (in certain jurisdictions) compostable plastic bags can only be distributed with a minimum 10 cent charge. Includes standards and incentives for plastic bag manufacturers to transition to making reusable bags.

Position and Status

Update: Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270 into law!  

SB 254 (Hancock and Correa) Mattress Recycling


SB 254 will serve the dual purpose of increasing recycling and reducing illegal dumping of mattresses by requiring mattress manufacturers to establish and implement market based collection and recycling programs for used mattress.

Position and Status. CAW Supports. SB 254 passed off the Assembly Floor in the final days of the session. It also passed the concurrence vote in the Senate. The Governor signed the bill on September 27, 2013.

SB 804 (Lara) - Conversion Technology


SB 804 would have changed the definition of Conversion Technology and could allow diversion credits for methods other than recycling and composting, including controversial waste-to-energy projects.

Position and Status: CAW opposed the bill prior to its amendment, but has no position on the current bill.


This bill could have opened the door for controversial and unproven waste-to-energy conversion technologies and enable them to be counted as recycling and/or renewable energy even though most conversion technologies are designed to turn waste into fuel, which can only be used once and then the resource is destroyed.  

CAW Staff Contacts: Nick Lapis (916) 443-5422.

Current Language, Analysis and Votes.


AB 1023 (Eggman) - Investment in Recycling Market Development


AB 1023 directs funding from the AB 32 Cap-and-Trade proceeds to provide incentives for waste reduction, recycling, composting and recycled content manufacturing projects.

Position and Status:

CAW Supports. AB 1023 was held in Assembly Appropriations. The bill is considered dead.

AB 1021 (Eggman) - Sales Tax Exemption


AB 1021 provides financial assistance in the form of sales tax exemption on equipment purchases to businesses that process or utilized recycled feedstock.  

Position and Status:

CAW Supports. AB 1021 was held in Senate Appropriations and won't be acted on until 2014.

AB 513 (Frazier) - Rubberized Asphalt Concrete Market Development

Summary. AB 513 provides a market development incentive program for Rubberized Asphalt Concrete. The bill was signed by the Governor on Oct. 3.  

Position and Status

CAW supports. The bill was amended in Senate Appropriations and passed off the Senate Floor. The bill signed by the Governor sets up a program that will need to be funded through the budget process. If it is successfully funded in the budget, the program will still go into effect on July 1.

AB 1001 (Gordon) - Bottle Bill Modernization

Summary. Modernize California's Bottle Bill Program

Position and Status: CAW supports. Currently in Senate Environmental Quality.


•    Increased Recycling/even playing field - closes the loophole on containers currently exempt due to size/type – juice drinks larger than 46 oz, adding aseptic, and paperboard containers •    Electronic reporting system - processors to report electronically, and distributor to transition to ETF •    Increased certification requirements for recycler •    suspend commingled rate at buyback centers for the next 3 years •    Expansion of Department role and authority in establishing recycling centers in unserved zones. •    Authorization of reduced operating hours for recycling centers serving specified unserved zones. •    Authorize supplemental handling fee for recycling centers in unserved zones. •    Temporary suspension of in-store take back obligation for retailers inspecified ‘unserved’ zones. •    Landowners and city and county cannot restrict the siting of a CZ recycler. •    Consolidation of CRV and Handling fee claim and reporting systems. •    Establishment of 3-tiered/volume-based HF payment system based on existing cost survey •    Affirm Local Conservation Corps as ‘core’ funding priority and update the current allocation as $21 million annually •    Strike $1.5 million grants for litter reduction program. •    Clarify 5 year history does not apply if new operator has no relationship to previous operator.

SB 529 (Leno) Fast Food Packaging

Summary Requires fast food chains to use food packaging that is compatible with local recycling and composting infrastructure.

Position and Status CAW Sponsored. This is now a 2 year bill and won't be acted on until 2014. Held in Senate Appropriations on 5/23. Previously passed out of EQ Committee on 4/17 by a vote of 5-3.

SB 405 (Padilla) Single Use Carryout Bags

Summary Prohibits stores from distributing single use plastic bags and allows the sale of reusable, paper, and (in certain jurisdictions) compostable plastic bags.

Position and Status CAW Supports. On 5/30/13, the bill fell short of the 21 votes it needed to make it off of the Senate Floor, 18-17. Reconsideration granted. Please read a statement from Executive Director Mark Murray.

AB 1022 (Eggman) CRT Glass Market Development

Summary. Provide market-based incentive to in-state recyclers and manufacturers to utilize CRT glass in products. 

Position and Status. CAW supports. AB 1022 is a 2-year bill, currently on Suspense in Senate Appropriations.

AB 323 (Chesbro) - Organics Recycling

Summary. AB 323 presents a package of policies that will drive the recycling of yard trimming and food scraps, not only resulting in a reduction of pollution and greenhouse gases, but also creating jobs and supporting a burgeoning industry.

Position and Status.

CAW Supports. 323 was held in Assembly Appropriations.

Our Plan for 2013-2014

For 2013-14, we are proposing to build on our proven track record of success by targeting problem waste materials and waste generators and putting forward solutions that combine consumer convenience and opportunity to recycle, with market-based incentives for manufacturers and businesses to design for recycling and the use of recycled materials. Those that don’t adapt will be forced out of the marketplace.