2018 State Legislation


SB 168, Senator Wieckowski (D- Fremont) Recycling: beverage containers SUPPORT

This bill requires CalRecycle, on or before January 1, 2023, to establish minimum content standards for beverage containers, and on or by January 1, 2020 provide to the Legislature a report on the establishment and implementation of an extended producer responsibility program to replace the current California beverage container recycling program. Passed from Senate floor on January 29, 2018 with a bi-partisan vote (27-4).


SB 212, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) Medical Waste – SUPPORT – SUPPORT

This bill adds to the Medical Waste Management Act a definition of “home-generated pharmaceutical waste” as a prescription or over-the-counter human or veterinary home-generated pharmaceutical that is waste and is derived from a household, including, but not limited to, a multifamily residence or household.

SB 212 was heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on March 29, 2017 and passed with a 7-0 vote. The bill was heard on the Senate Floor on April 17, 2017 and passed with a 40-0 vote. The bill was read in the Assembly for the first time on April 18 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials on May 18, 2018.

SB 212 was amended on June 18, 2018 and re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, was heard on June 26, 2018 and passed with a 5-1 vote with one vote not recorded. It will next be heard in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations – date TBD.


AB 444, Assembly Members Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Adam Gray (D-Merced) Home-Generated Sharps Waste – MERGED WITH SB 212 (see above)

This bill would authorize the California Environmental Protection Agency to develop a statewide program for the collection, transportation, and disposal of home-generated medical waste, as defined.

AB 444 heard in the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM) on April 25, 2017 and received a 6-0 vote to pass, with a no vote recorded for one Assembly Member. The bill was heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 26 and received a 17-0 vote to pass. The bill was heard on the Assembly Floor on May 30 and received a 73-0 vote, with no votes recorded for three Assembly Members. It was read in the Senate for the first time on May 30 and referred to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on June 8.


AB-2097, Assemblymember Dante Acosta (R- Santa Clarita) Carpet Recycling: Annual Reports– WATCH

This bill, introduced on 2/8/18, would change the date by which the annual demonstration and the annual report are required to be completed from July 1 of each year to September 1 of each year. It is an act to amend Sections 42975 and 42976 of the Public Resources Code, relating to carpet recycling. On 2/22/18, the bill was referred to the Committee on Natural resources.


AB 2779, Assemblymembers Stone, Calderon, and Bloom (D- Santa Cruz, Whittier, and Santa Monica)  Recycling: single-use plastic beverage container caps – ORDERED TO INACTIVE FILE AT REQUEST OF ASSEMBLYMEMBER STONE

This bill would prohibit a retailer, on and after an unspecified date, from selling or offering for sale a single-use plastic beverage container with a cap that is not tethered to or contiguously affixed to the beverage container. The bill, read for the first time on 2/16/18 and may be heard in Committee on 3/19/18.

This bill was originally introduced as AB 319 had the same premise to require single-use plastic beverage container to tether to or contiguously affix the cap to the beverage container. The bill died on the third reading on 2/1/18. Read CPSC & StopWaste Joint Letter of Support and Assembly Member Stone Press Release for more information on the former bill.


AB-2921, Assemblymember Evan Low (D- Silicon Valley) Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Packaging Recovery and Recycling Act – OPPOSE

This bill would enact the Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Packaging Recovery and Recycling Act, which would authorize expanded polystyrene food service packaging (PFP) manufacturers and polystyrene resin producers to form or designate an organization. The bill would require each PFP manufacturer or resin producer that formed or designated the organization that sells expanded polystyrene food service packaging or polystyrene resin in this state to pay to the Recycling Organization an assessment fee establish by the Organization. The bill would require the collected fees to be used by the organization to carry out the requirements of the act and for appropriate projects and programs that would further the purposes of the act.

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