2018 Legislation

NCRA Support Letters for Cal Recycle’s Active Priority Bills, 2018 (As of 9/12/18)

As of 8/31/18, the State Legislature has concluded and adjourned. Those Bills that have passed both the Assembly and the Senate and have been Enrolled, will be or have been sent to Governor Brown to be considered for approval and passage.

For any pending Bills that you would like to encourage Gov. Brown to sign into law, consider using any the Sample Letter templates below. Alternatively, Gov. Brown’s Office number is 916-445-2841. Thanks for caring, taking action, and for sharing with others.

NCRA Supported Bills – Active

AB 1884 Calderon, Bloom) Single-use plastic straws.     Sample Letter
This bill would prohibit a food facility, where food may be consumed on the premises, from providing single-use plastic straws unless requested by the consumer. The bill would specify that the first and second violations would result in a warning, and any subsequent violation would be an infraction punishable by a fine of $25 for each day. By creating a new crime and imposing additional enforcement duties on local health agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
8/28 – Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
8/23 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 50, Noes 25, NVR 5
8/20 – Senate Floor Votes: Ayes 27, Noes 12, NVR 1

AB 1981 Limón D) Organic waste: Composting.     Sample Letter
This bill would require Cal EPA, in coordination with CalRecycle, to revise provisions and impose additional duties on specified state agencies to develop and implement policies to aid in diverting organic waste from landfills. The bill also would require Cal EPA additionally to work with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Tree Mortality Task Force to achieve the goal of reducing at least 5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, through the development and application of compost on working lands.
9/04 – Enrolled.
8/30 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 79, Noes 0, NVR 1
8/28 – Senate Floor Votes: Ayes 29, Noes 0, NVR 1

AB 2411 McCarty D) Solid waste: Use of compost: planning.
Existing law establishes a compost market program to increase the use of compost products. This bill would require CalRecycle, by 12/31/19, to develop and implement a plan to maximize the use of compost for slope stabilization and for establishing vegetation following a wildfire. The bill would require CalRecycle and the Dept of Transportation to identify, plan and implement best practices for each of the DoT’s 12 districts regarding the cost-effective use of compost along roadways. The bill additionally would require CalRecycle to review and update the best practices at least once every 5 years, as necessary.
8/28 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 238, Statutes of 2018.
8/13 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 77, Noes 0, NVR 3
8/09 – Senate Floor Votes: Ayes 36, Noes 9, NVR 3

AB 2493 Bloom D Beverage container recycling: Recycling centers and payments.    Sample Letter
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act provides that a recycling center that consists of reverse vending machines or other unmanned automated equipment is “open for business,” for purposes of the requirement to be open 30 hours per week, if the equipment at the recycling center is properly functioning, accepting all types of empty beverage containers at the recycling location, and paying posted refund values no less than the minimums required by the act. This bill would provide that a recycling center that meets those requirements is not required to have an employee present during the hours of operation in order to be “open for business.”
9/04 – Enrolled.
8/30 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 80 , Noes 0, NVR 0
8/29 – Senate Floor Votes: Ayes 39, Noes 0, NVR 1

AB 2766 Berman D) CA Bottle Bill: Market devel payments.
Bill would extend the Bottle Bill from 1/01/18 to 1/01/24, (1) to annually expend up to $10 M to make market development payments to a certified recycling center, processor, or dropoff or collection program, or payments to a product manufacturer, for empty plastic beverage containers that are subsequently processed for the manufacture of a plastic product, and (2) to expend additional amounts to make market development payments.
8/16 – In committee: Held under submission.
8/06 – Senate Appropriations: Ayes 7, Noes 0, NVR 0
5/30 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 78, Noes 0, NVR 0

AB 2908 Berman D) Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program.     Sample Letter
Would require, until January 1, 2024, a retail seller of new tires, to pay a California Tire Regulatory Fee (CTRF) up to $1.00, for deposit in the Ca Tire Recycling Management Fund. The bill would require the department to track revenue from the CTRF separately, and prohibit funds from being used for activities other than those specified.
9/05 – Enrolled.
8/27 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 46, Noes 30, NVR 4
8/23 – Senate Floor Votes: Ayes 24, Noes 13, NVR 3

SB 212 Jackson, Ting, & Gray D) Safe Medicines and Sharps Collection & Disposal.     Sample Letter
Would require each manufacturer of covered drugs or sharps, to establish and implement, either on its own or as part of a group of covered manufacturers through membership in a stewardship organization, a pharmaceutical and sharps waste stewardship program. The bill would impose various requirements, including submitting an initial stewardship plan, and an annual budget, annual report, and other specified information to CalRecycle.
9/07 – Enrolled.
8/31 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 72, Noes 5, NVR 3
8/31 – Senate Floor Votes: Ayes 39, 0 Noes, 1 NVR

SB 452 Glazer D) The California Bottle Bill, Convenience Zone Exemptions.    Sample Letter
Current law authorizes CalRecycle to grant a convenience zone (CZ) an exemption from certain dealer and recycling center redemption requirements, based on certain factors. This bill, if there is a certified recycling center located within one mile of an unserved CZ, would require the department to grant that CZ an exemption from the redemption requirements, and would increase the total number of exemptions that may be granted from the current law 35% to 50% of the number identified as eligible.
9/06 – Enrolled.
8/31 – Senate Floor Votes: Ayes 37, Noes 1, NVR 2
8/29 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 74, Noes 1, NVR 5

SB 720 Allen D) Environmental education: California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts.    Sample Letter
Would express the findings and declarations of the Legislature that the state’s Environmental Principles and Concepts have been approved and embedded in specified curriculum frameworks adopted by the State Board of Education, and that the Superintendent of Public Instruction use the resources to provide leadership to further specified goals of environmental literacy and environmental justice.
9/06 – Enrolled.
8/31 – Senate Floor Votes: Ayes 39, Noes 0, NVR 1
8/30 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 69, Noes 7, NVR 4

SB 1263 Portantino) Ocean Protection Council: Statewide Microplastics Strategy.
This bill would require the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) to adopt and implement a Statewide Microplastics Strategy, related to microplastic materials that pose an emerging concern for ocean health. The bill would authorize the OPC, in collaboration other interested entities, to contract with marine research institutes towards the development of the Statewide Microplastics Strategy. OPC would be required to submit the Strategy to the Legislature by 12/31/21, and to report on the implementation and findings, and on recommendations for policy changes or additional research, by 12/31/25.
8/31 – Enrolled.
8/28 – Senate Floor Vote: Ayes 39, Noes 0, NVR 1
8/27 – Assembly Floor Vote: Ayes 80, Noes 0, NVR 0

SB 1335 Allen D) Disposable food service packaging: State agencies and large state facilities.     Sample Letter
Would enact the Sustainable Packaging Act of 2018, which would prohibit a food service facility in a state agency or large state facility, after January 1, 2021, from dispensing prepared food using a type of food service packaging, unless it is on a list published and maintained on CalRecycle’s Internet Web Site, that contains types of approved food service packaging that are reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
9/07 – Enrolled.
8/31 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 52 , Noes 26 , NVR 2
8/31 – Senate Floor Votes: Ayes 25, Noes 13, NVR 2

SB 1422 Portantino) California Safe Drinking Water Act: Microplastics.     Sample Letter
This bill would require the State Water Resources Control Board, by 7/01/20, to adopt a definition of microplastics in drinking water, and by 7/01/21, to adopt a standard methodology to be used in the testing of drinking water for microplastics, and requirements for 4 years of testing and reporting of microplastics in drinking water, including public disclosure of those results.
9/07 – Enrolled.
8/31 – Senate Floor Vote: Ayes 34, Noes 2, NVR 4
8/30 – Assembly Floor Vote: Ayes 74, Noes 1, NVR 5

NCRA Supported Bill – Failed

SB 168 Wieckowski D) Recycling: Beverage containers.
Current law requires each glass container manufacturer to use a minimum percentage of 35% of postfilled glass in the manufacturing of its glass food, drink, or beverage containers. This bill would require CalRecycle, on or before January 1, 2023, to establish minimum content standards also for beverage containers that are constructed of metal, glass, or plastic, or other material, or any combination thereof.
8/31 – Read third time. Refused passage. (FAIL)
8/31 – Assembly Floor Votes: Ayes 29, Noes 30, NVR 21 (Fail)
8/28 – Assembly Natural Resources: Ayes 7, Noes 2, NVR 1 (Pass)
8/24 – Assembly Floor Votes (for amendment): Ayes 43, Noes 22, NVR 15 (Pass)