Signed Into Law!

AB 1419 (Eggman)
CRT Glass Recycling

glass-recycle

Summary: AB 1419 is an important and urgently needed step toward addressing a significant flaw in California’s electronic waste recycling system by supporting the recycling of panel glass from monitors and televisions.

Position and Status: CAW is the sponsor of the bill.

  • Passed the legislature August 30th, 2016
  • Signed into law by Governor Brown September 22, 2016!

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Description: New LCD and LED technology for televisions and monitor screens has taken over and demand for old-fashioned Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) devices has dropped dramatically. The end-use market for CRT glass generated from recycling scrap CRT’s has dried up and recyclers across the nation are struggling with what to do with the glass. Many have even resorted to stockpiling this material in hopes of finding new outlets in the future.

The process of recycling scrap CRT monitors and televisions produces three different types of glass: funnel glass, which contains high levels of lead, and low and non-leaded panel glass which contains very low concentrations of lead, or no lead at all. The current CA regulations limit the options for recycling leaded funnel glass to smelting, glass to glass recycling for the production of new CRTs (currently only done by one company in India), or landfill disposal. Although non-leaded panel glass should be available for many other uses, the regulatory pathway for using these end markets has not been clearly developed.

The bill seeks to reduce the environmental risk inherent in the stockpiling and export of glass from monitors and televisions, by creating a recycling framework for CRT panel glass. This glass has been processed and rendered harmless for the variety of end-uses, and AB 1419 would clearly differentiate which recycling markets are appropriate for this material.

Contact CAW: Teresa Bui, (916) 443-5422

Contact Assemblymember Eggman

Current language, analysis, and votes

Organizations supporting AB 1419:

•    All eWaste, Inc.
•    Association of California Recycling Industries
•    Cali Resources, Inc.
•    Californians Against Waste
•    California Association of Local Conservation Corps (CALCC)
•    California Electronic Asset Recovery (CEAR)
•    California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)
•    Cal Micro Recycling
•    Ecology Action
•    ECS Refining
•    Electronic Recyclers International
•    E-Recycling of California
•    Environmental Working Group
•    Fireclay Tile
•    Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), West Coast Chapter
•    Kleen Blast Abrasives
•    Marin County Hazardous & Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority
•    Napa Recycling & Waste Services
•    Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA)
•    Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)
•    Sonoma County AB 939 Local Task Force
•    Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
•    Stopwaste
•    Technologies Displays Americas, LLC
•    Tycoon Materials, Inc. DBA Happy Recyclers

Signed Into Law!

AB 1239 (Atkins, Gordon)
Tire Recycling Program Reform

tires

Summary: AB 2530 would simply require manufacturers to report the amount of virgin and post-consumer plastic they purchase

Summary: AB 1239 will help expand the state’s tire recycling infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gases, create jobs, and cut the statewide and local costs associated with tire cleanup.

Position and Status: CAW is the sponsor of AB 1239. The bill is no longer active.

  • Failed to pass the legislature before the August 31st deadline

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Description:  AB 1239 is authored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park). This bill would provide incentive payments to end users of recycled tires in order to increase the state’s stagnant recycling rate and allow recyclers to compete with disposal, export, and illegal dumping alternatives. This bill gives CalRecycle the authority to increase the state tire fee to cover the costs of regulating waste tires (in an amount not to exceed $1.00/tire).

CAW Staff Contacts: Nick Lapis (916) 443-5422

Current Language, Analysis and Votes

Contact Assembly Speaker Atkins

Contact Assemblymember Gordon

Organizations supporting AB 1239:

Alameda Waste Management Authority and Recycling Board (Stop Waste)
BAS Recycling
Californians Against Waste (sponsor)
California Association of Local Conservation Corps
California League of Conservation Voters
California State Association of Counties
CRM Company
Environmental Action Committee of West Marin
Don’t Waste LA
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management JPA
Mojave Desert and Mountain Recycling
Napa Recycling and Waste Services
Rural County Representatives of California
Sonoma County, AB 939 Local Task Force
StopWaste
WILDCOAST
Zanker Recycling

Signed Into Law!

AB 2530 (Gordon)
Recycled Content Labeling on Beverage Containers

bottles

Summary: AB 2530 would simply require manufacturers to report the amount of virgin and post-consumer plastic they purchase the previous year.

Position and Status: CAW is the sponsor of this bill.

  • Passed the legislature August 25th, 2016
  • Signed into law by Governor Brown September 29th, 2016

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Description: AB 2530 would require the manufacturer of a beverage sold in a plastic beverage container, subject to the California Redemption Value (CRV), to annually report to CalRecycle on the amount of post-consumer recycled plastic and the amount of virgin plastic that they used in the past year for plastic beverage containers subject to the CRV.  CalRecycle would make this information available on its website. The reported data will help CalRecycle and policy makers to better assess market demand for California RPET manufacturing compares with current collection and recycling levels, in order to better inform future policy.

Signed Into Law!

AB 1005 (Gordon)
California Plastic Recycling

plastic-recycling

Summary: AB 1005 extends California’s Plastic Market Development Program to 2022.

Position and Status: AB 1005 is sponsored by CAW.

  • Passed the legislature August 25th, 2016
  • Signed into law by Governor Brown September 22nd, 2016!

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Description: This bill will extend the Plastic Market Development Program. The program has successfully increased the in-state processing and use of recycled plastic, spurring private investment and jobs. Prior to the existence of the program, less than 2 percent of plastic beverage containers collected for recycling were processed and manufactured into new products in California. The remainder was exported. By 2014, in-state plastic processing and use increased by more than 3,000 percent to almost 100,000 tons.

Contact CAW: Teresa Bui, (916) 443-5422

Contact Assembly Member Rich Gordon

Current language, analysis, and votes

Organizations supporting AB 1005:

California Nevada Beverage Association
Californians Against Waste (sponsor)
CarbonLITE
Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority
Clean Water Action
Ecopet Plastics
Epic Plastics
Global Plastics
Marin Sanitary Service
The National Association for PET Container Resources
Peninsula Packaging Company
Peninsula Plastics Recycling
RePET Inc.
rePlanet
REPSCO, Inc.
Sonoma county Waste Management Agency
Talco Plastics Inc
Tri-CED Community Recycling
UPSTREAM
Verdeco Recycling, Inc
Zanker Recycling

Signed Into Law!

AB 199 (Eggman)
Sales Tax Exemption on Recycling Equipment

recycle-equiptment

Summary: AB 199 would provide financial assistance in the form of sales tax exemption on equipment purchases to businesses that process or utilized recycled feedstock.

Position and Status: CAW is the sponsor of AB 199. AB 199 passed the legislature with bipartisan support and was signed by the Governor on October 11, 2015.

Description:  AB 199 is authored by Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton). The bill would add recycled content manufacturing and processing to the successful Advanced Transportation and Alternative Sources Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exclusion Program. This will provide an important incentive to recycle more materials and reintroduce more recyclable materials into California’s manufacturing economy.

CAW Staff Contacts: Nick Lapis and Teresa Bui (916) 443-5422

Current Language, Analysis and Votes

AB 1447 (Alejo)
Minimum Recycled Content Standard

bottle-recyle

Summary: AB 1447 will set a 10% minimum recycled content for PET (plastic) food and beverage containers and extend the current 35% minimum recycled content on glass from just  in-state manufacturers to all glass bottles filled or manufactured in state.

Position and Status: CAW is the sponsor of AB 1447. This bill has been approved by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee but was held in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

Description:  AB 199 is authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). PET recycling in California is facing incredible challenges, especially when it comes to making recycled PET commodities that have to compete in a marketplace with virgin PET. Drastic drops in oil prices have had the effect of undermining the demand and price for California-generated recycled materials—California recycled material processors and recycled product makers are starting to lose market share to out of state/country ‘virgin’ producers. This bill would require that, starting July 1, 2016, manufacturers of PET plastic packaging sold in CA must meet 10% minimum PET recycled content. Starting January 1, 2017 and every year thereafter, manufacturers of PET plastic packaging sold in CA must report to CalRecycle the amount of packaging made for sale, and the amount of rPET used in the manufacturing of that product.

CAW Staff Contacts: Teresa Bui (916) 443-5422

Contact Assemblymember Alejo

Organizations supporting AB 199:

Californians Against Waste (sponsor)
Assoc. of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers
Boretech
Californians Against Waste
California Plastics Recyclers Coalition
California Refuse Recycling Coalition
CarbonLITE
Don’t Waste LA Project
EcoPET
Global Plastics
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Marin Sanitary Service
Napa Recycling and Waste Services
Peninsula Packaging, LLC
Peninsula Plastics Recycling
Potential Industries
RePET
Replanet
Stopwaste
Tri-CED Community Recycling
Verdeco
Waste Management
Zanker Road Resource Management
Natural Resources Defense Council