Current Legislation


SB 1014 (Jackson) Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program

Summary Creates a takeback program for home-generated pharmaceutical waste.

Position and Status CAW Supports. Passed Senate Environmental Quality on 3/26/14. Scheduled for Senate BP&ED on 4/21/14.

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.

CAW is sponsoring AB 1826. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, where it is expected to be heard April 28th.

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.

CAW is co-sponsoring AB 1594 with the California Compost Coalition. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, where it is expected to be heard April 28th.

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 CAW Supports.

SB 254 (Hancock and Correa) Mattress Recycling

Summary.

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

Summary:

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.

Description:

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

Summary:

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

Summary:

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.

AB 1001 would update and establish a more equitable distribution of existing handling fee payments for supermarket-based recycling centers.

Position and Status: CAW supports.

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.