2017 Legislation

NCRA List of Active Priority Bills, 2017

Letters of Support – AB 319, 509 and 1036
Letter of Strong Opposition – AB 655

During this first half of the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session, as of 3/17/17, CalRecycle lists 36 new Bills that have been introduced, 23 Assembly and 13 Senate. Below are abbreviated descriptions of each Bill. For fuller descriptions, further details and up-to-date status, see http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Laws/Legislation/PriorityRpt/.

NCRA has preliminary interests in selected Bills below. Those Bills marked with (*) exhibit promising language, but will require further examination for Zero Waste relevance. Bills that already are supported by Californians Against Waste are noted “CAW”. For NCRA’s “Letters of Support” status, occasionally visit www.ncrarecycles.org.

Individuals are encouraged to share preferences, and also consider pursuit of other Bills that are worthy of support, but are beyond the purview of NCRA.

AB 178 Eggman D) California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act.
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act “finds and declares that experience in this state and others demonstrates that financial incentives and convenient return systems ensure the efficient and large-scale recycling of beverage containers”. This bill would remove the wording “experience in this state and others”.

AB 311 Mathis R) Methane: dairy and livestock.
Current law requires the Air Resources Board with consultation, to adopt regulations to reduce methane emissions from livestock and dairy manure management operations. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes.

AB 319 Stone, Mark D) Recycling: single-use plastic beverage container caps. * CAW
This bill would prohibit a retailer 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 would define terms for purposes of these provisions.

AB 444 Ting/Gray D) Sharps Disposal: *
This is a place holder bill to hopefully address safe needle disposal this year.

AB 509 Frazier D) Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program. * CAW
Would require a waste tire generator, that is a retail seller, to pay a tire regulatory fee for deposit in the California Tire Recycling Management Fund for such specified purposes.

AB 514 Salas D) Surplus household consumer product waste: management. *
Requires a Retail Waste Working Group to consider the management of surplus household consumer products, waste reduction opportunities, and waste management requirements, and to report these findings and recommendations to the Legislature by June 1, 2017, intended for adoption later in the current legislative session.

AB 725 Levine D) State beaches and parks: smoking ban. * CAW
This bill would make it an infraction for a person to smoke, or to dispose of used cigar or cigarette waste, on a state coastal beach or in a unit of the state park system. The bill would establish a state-mandated local program by creating a new crime.

AB 881 Gallagher R) Solid waste: composting: anaerobic digestion.
Would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to encourage investment in anaerobic digestion.

AB 906 Bloom D) California Conservation Corps. *
Bill would reaffirm the California Conservation Corps’ mission to include awareness of and improving our natural resources, instilling basic skills, a healthy work ethic, building character, self-esteem, self-discipline, a strong sense of civic responsibility, and the value of a day’s work for a day’s wages.

AB 954 Chiu D) Organic waste: reduction. * CAW
Would require CalRecycle’s organic waste reduction targets to include progress of industry efforts and federal legislation to reduce consumer food waste, including the adoption of uniform labels on food. By adding to the duties of local governments related to organic waste in landfills, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

AB 1036 McCarty D) Organic waste: composting. * CAW
This bill would require Cal EPA with other agencies to assess the progress towards developing the organic waste processing and recycling infrastructure necessary to meet the state goals specified in current law plus an additional state law, as provided, and would make other changes in these provisions.

AB 1147 Salas D) Solid waste: disposal.
Current law provides that a violation of the segregated recycling laws may be charged as either a misdemeanor or an infraction, with civil penalty against the unauthorized person removing the recyclable material. This bill would subject an unauthorized person to these same penalties and damages for unlawfully collecting, removing, or transporting solid waste generated on residential, commercial, or industrial premises.

AB 1158 Chu D) Carpet recycling. * Sponsored by National Stewardship Action Council, Supported by CAW
This bill would create an advisory committee within CalRecycle to make recommendations to manufacturers and carpet stewardship organizations towards submission of their required carpet stewardship plans.

AB 1180 Holden D) California tire fee: Stormwater Permit Compliance Fund. *
Would increase the California tire fee by $1.50 for a new Stormwater Permit Compliance Fund, for competitive grants for projects and programs for municipal storm sewer system permit compliance requirements, that would prevent or remediate zinc pollutants caused by tires, and for an annual fund audit.

AB 1219 Eggman D) Food donations. * CAW
The California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act specifies that a food facility that donates any food to a nonprofit charitable organization or a food bank is not liable for any damage or injury resulting from the consumption of the food, except for negligence or a willful act. This bill would expand these provisions to persons and gleaners who donate food.

AB 1287 Acosta R) Solid waste: plastic products.
Current law, until January 1, 2018, requires a manufacturer or supplier, making an environmental marketing claim relating to the recycled content of a plastic food container product, to maintain supportive written information and documentation on the Internet or upon request. This bill would extend that provision indefinitely.

AB 1288 Eggman D) Solid waste: charges. * CAW
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 requires disposal facility operators to pay a solid waste disposal fee of $1.40 per ton maximum, for specified purposes, including administration and implementation of the act. This bill would require that a prudent reserve also be maintained.

AB 1294 Berman D) Solid waste: plastic products. * CAW
Current law, until January 1, 2018, requires a manufacturer or supplier, making an environmental marketing claim relating to the recycled content of a plastic food container, to maintain supportive written information and documentation in its records, with the imposition of a civil penalty for a violation. This bill would postpone the repeal of such provisions until January 1, 2028.

AB 1342 Flora R) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: appropriations.
Would continuously appropriate $100,000,000 from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to each, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for healthy forest programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by uncontrolled wildfires, and to CalRecycle for organic waste recycling projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

AB 1417 Cunningham R) California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction.
The money in the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund, among other things, pays handling fees to supermarket sites, nonprofit convenience zone recyclers, and rural region recyclers. Existing law requires every dealer to post a clear and conspicuous sign at each public entrance that specifies certain information relating to beverage container recycling opportunities. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

AB 1522 Limón D) Beverage containers. *
The CA Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, requires that every beverage container have a minimum refund value. Manufacturers are required to clearly indicate the container’s redemption value or refund by printing or embossing the beverage container, or by affixing a prominent stamp, label, or other device. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes.

AB 1572 Aguiar-Curry D) Integrated waste management plans: source reduction & recycling element: review schedule. *
The CA Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 requires each city, county, and regional agency to develop a source reduction and recycling element, with 50% diversion of all solid waste through source reduction, recycling, and composting. CalRecycle is required, until January 1, 2018, to review compliance with those diversion requirements every 2 or 4 years. This bill would postpone the repeal of that conditional review, and the corresponding 2-year review schedule, to January 1, 2020.

AB 1579 Daly D) Recycling: beverage containers.
The CA Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act promotes beverage container recycling, and provides for the payment, collection, and distribution of certain payments and fees based on minimum refund values for beverage containers. The term “beverage” includes certain types of products in liquid, ready-to-drink form. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the provision defining “beverage.” 

AB 1659 Low D) Food service packaging. *
The CA Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 requires every rigid plastic packaging container, sold or offered for sale, to generally meet one of specified criteria. This bill would declare the intent to enact subsequent legislation that would create a recycling program for food service packaging, and would make related findings and declarations.


SB 51 Jackson D) Professional licensees: environmental sciences and climate change: whistleblower and data protection. *
Would ensure that all scientific information and other data otherwise in the public domain is protected against censorship or destruction by the federal government. This bill, to the maximum extent feasible under state law, would ensure those persons may report improper governmental activity, and continue to make scientific and other information open to the public, without fear of losing their professional licenses or credentials.

SB 60 Glazer D) Recycling: beverage containers: convenience zones.
Would, until July 1, 2017, exempt from the requirement that each convenience zone be served by at least one certified recycling center (1) a convenience zone that was served by or exempted because of a recycling center that closed between January 1, 2016, and March 31, 2016, or that is closed as a result of an action taken by CalRecycle on or after July 1, 2016, and (2) a convenience zone that is in a jurisdiction with a land use restriction that prevents the siting or operation of a certified recycling center on or after July 1, 2016.

SB 140 Allen D) Income taxes: credits: food bank donations. *
The Personal Income and Corporation Tax Laws allow various credits from January 1, 2012, and before January 1, 2017, a credit for planting, managing, and harvesting the crop from the land, equal to 10% of the cost that would otherwise be included in inventory costs, with respect to the donation of fresh fruits or vegetables to a food bank in California. This bill would extend those credits to taxable years beginning before January 1, 2024. The bill would make other conforming and nonsubstantive changes.

SB 168 Wieckowski D) Calif. Beverage Container Recycling & Litter Reduction Act: infractions. *
Under current law, a violation of the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act is an infraction, punishable by a fine of $100 for each initial separate violation. This bill would increase the fine to $200 for each initial separate violation.

SB 212 Jackson D) Medical waste. *
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 a multifamily residence or household.

SB 386 Glazer D) State beaches and parks: smoking ban.
This bill would make it an infraction for a person to smoke, or to dispose of used cigar or cigarette waste, on a state coastal beach or in a unit of the state park system. The bill would establish a state-mandated local program by creating a new crime.

SB 424 Allen D) The California Regional Environmental Education Community Network. *
Would establish the California Regional Environmental Education Community Network for the implementation of high quality environmental literacy in public schools. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the approval of a 5-member governing board, to contract with a local educational agency or consortium to serve as the Network fiscal agent .

SB 458 Wiener D) Beverage container recycling: San Francisco Mobile Recycling Program. *
Would authorize CalRecycle to certify one operator to establish the San Francisco Mobile Recycling Program that incorporates all convenience zones in the City and County of San Francisco and would impose similar program requirements.

SB 555 Morrell R) Regulations: 5-year review and report.
Would require a state agency to review and report on regulations that it adopts or amends, on and after January 1, 2018. The review and report would include 10 specified factors, including a summary of the received written criticisms of the regulation, and the estimated economic, small business, and consumer impact.

SB 659 Stern D) Alternative energy financing. *
Would provide financial assistance in the form of a sales and use tax exclusion for certain projects, for promoting California-based manufacturing and jobs, advanced manufacturing, the reduction of greenhouse gases, the reduction in air and water pollution or energy consumption. The exclusions are $100,000,000 maximum per year until January 1, 2021. This bill includes nonsubstantive changes.

SB 705 Allen D) Solid waste: disposable food service containers. * CAW
Would enact the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act of 2017, which would prohibit a food provider, on and after January 1, 2021, from dispensing prepared food to a customer in a disposable food service container, unless the container is accepted for recovery by a recycling or composting program.

SB 774 Leyva D) Hazardous waste: management council.
Would establish the Hazardous Waste Management Council to serve as an advisory body to the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The council would consist of 16 members, including 4 who are directors or chairpersons, 3 appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, 1 appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, 2 appointed by the Senate President pro Tempore, 3 appointed by the Governor, and 3 appointed by specified local government associations.

SB 780 Wiener D) Water Conservation in Landscaping Act. *
Would require state and local agencies to adhere to specified principles of the watershed approach in landscaping. The bill would require the Department of Water Resources to develop policies and incentives, including an enhanced model water efficient landscape ordinance, and to promote education and training for homeowners, contractors, certified community conservation corps, and other landscape professionals.