AB 1834 (Brownley, 2011-12) - Reusable Bag Definition

AB 1834 would add a reusable bag definition to the Public Resources Code.

Position and Status.
CAW Supports.

AB 1834 was on the Senate inactive file at the end of the legislation session. It passed the Senate Environmental Quality committee on May 14 6-0. Prior to that it passed the Assembly Floor 48-25 on April 12 and passed 6-3 out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on March 26.


This bill defines a reusable bag as one that: can be used multiple times (125 times, carrying 22 pounds over 175 feet), has a minimum volume of 15 liters, can be machine washed, cleaned or disinfected, does not contain lead or other heavy metals in toxic amounts, is labeled as specified, and if made of plastic is at least 2.25 mils thick.

CAW Staff Contacts.

Mark Murray (916) 443-5422
Sue Vang


Assembly Member Julia Brownley 
State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814



Additional Information.

Current Language.

Californians Against Waste
Councilmember Margaret Clark, City of Rosemead
Integrated Waste Managment Task Force
LA County Solid Waste Management Committee