Apr 25 - CAW E-waste Legislation Advances

The Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee on Tuesday passed CAW sponsored legislation to expand the E-waste Recycling law, create better energy efficiency and phase out the use of hazardous materials in consumer electronics.

AB 1535 (Huffman) would expand the current E-waste Recycling law to include personal computers. AB 1109 (Huffman) would set performance standards designed to substantially reduce California's energy consumption, while also requiring manufacturers to reduce levels of toxic mercury and lead found in lighting products and provide for their proper recycling and disposal. AB 48 (Saldaña) phases out the use of specified hazardous materials in consumer electronics that is consistent with European Union ROHs Directive.

All three bills will next be heard in the Appropriations Committee.