2018 State Legislation
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).
AB 444, Assembly Members Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Adam Gray (D-Merced) Home-Generated Sharps Waste – SUPPORT
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 319, Assembly Member Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) Single-use Plastic Beverage Container Caps – SUPPORT
This bill would prohibit a retailer, on and after January 1, 2020, 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.
AB 319 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources on February 21, 2017. The hearing was postponed by the Committee on April 17, 2017.
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. A hearing date has not been set.