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We proudly work on legislation to advance a circular economy. Click below to learn more about relevant legislation at the federal, state, and local level.

Federal

FEDERAL LEGISLATION

State
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Oregon
CA

California

SB 1066 (Blakespear): Marine Flare EPR - CO-SPONSORED BY NSAC & ZERO WASTE SONOMA
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By Senator Blakespear

  • Factsheet

  • Status:

    • Passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee on 5/16 with a 7-0 vote. Will be heard next in the Senate Floor - date TBD. 

  • Sign on to NSAC's coalition support letter here

  • Press Release

  • Zero Waste Sonoma Press Release

  • Will require producers of marine flares to fund and operate a convenient collection system to manage expired or unwanted flares, shifting the costs of managing this product from our cities and counties - and ultimately local ratepayers - to the producers/users. 

SB 1143 (Allen): Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Producer Responsibility Act - NSAC SPONSORED
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By Senator Allen

AB 863 (Aguiar-Curry): Carpet Recycling - NSAC SPONSORED (Two-Year Bill)
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By Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry and Senator Dodd

  • Factsheet

  • Status:

    • Passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on 7/5 with a 5-1 vote with 1 vote not recorded. Will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee

  • Sign on to NSAC's coalition support letter here

  • This bill would increase those penalty amounts to $10,000 per day or $50,000 per day, respectively. The bill would make a carpet stewardship organization that violates a provision of the carpet stewardship law 3 times ineligible to act as an agent on behalf of manufacturers to design, submit, and administer a carpet stewardship plan and would apply, in that event, the successorship process.

AB 2 (Ward): Solar Photovoltaic Module Recycling (Two-year bill)
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By Assemblymember Ward

  • Status:

    • 9/1/23: In (Senate Appropriations) committee: Held under submission.

  • This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation that would create a convenient, safe, and environmentally sound system for the end-of-life management of photovoltaic modules, minimization of hazardous waste, and recovery of commercially valuable materials.

AB 2236 (Bauer-Kahan): Plastic Bag Ban
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By Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan

  • Status:

    • Will be heard next in the Assembly Appropriations Committee

  • Fixes the loophole currently in place for the state's plastic bag ban. 

  • This bill would, commencing January 1, 2026, revise and recast those provisions to, among other things, revise the single-use carryout bag exception to include a bag used solely to contain or wrap specified uncooked foods and other specified items to avoid contamination, prevent damage from moisture, or for sanitary, public health, or environmental protection purposes.

  • The bill would revise the definition of “recycled paper bag” to require it be made from 100% postconsumer recycled materials, without exception.

  • The bill would also require a reusable grocery bag sold by a store to a customer at the point of sale to meet different requirements, including that it not be made from plastic film material.

  • The bill would repeal the provisions relating to certification of reusable grocery bags and voluntary compliance by other retail establishments, and would repeal a provision relating to certain obsolete at-store recycling program requirements.

SB 615 (Allen): Electric vehicle traction batteries (Two-year bill) - SUPPORT
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By Senators Allen and Min

  • Status:

    • Passed off of the Senate Floor Committee on 5/25 with a 40-0 vote. Will be heard next in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee.

  • The bill would instead require all electric vehicle traction batteries, as defined, sold with motor vehicles in the state to be recovered and reused, repurposed, remanufactured, or recycled at the end of their useful life in a motor vehicle or any other application. The bill would also require a vehicle manufacturer, dealer, automobile dismantler, automotive repair dealer, and nonvehicle secondary user to be responsible for ensuring the responsible end-of-life management of an electric vehicle traction battery once it is removed from a vehicle or other application to which the electric vehicle traction battery has been used. The bill would include a related statement of legislative findings and declarations and a statement of policy regarding end-of-life management of electric vehicle traction batteries.

SB 707 (Newman): Responsible Textile Recovery Act of 2023 (Two-year bill) - SUPPORT
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By Senators Newman, Skinner, and Wiener

  • Status:

    • July 10 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.

  • This bill would enact the Responsible Textile Recovery Act of 2023, which would require producers, either independently or through the creation of one or more stewardship organizations, to establish a stewardship program for the collection and recycling of a covered product. This bill would define a “covered product” to include any apparel, textile, or textile article that is unsuitable for reuse by a consumer in its current state or condition, as defined.

SB 1053 (Blakespear): Plastic Bag Ban
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By Senators Blakespear and Allen

  • Companion bill to AB 2236 (Bauer-Kahan)

  • Status:

    • Will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee

  • Fixes the loophole currently in place for the state's plastic bag ban. 

  • This bill would, commencing January 1, 2026, revise and recast those provisions to, among other things, revise the single-use carryout bag exception to include a bag used solely to contain or wrap specified uncooked foods and other specified items to avoid contamination, prevent damage from moisture, or for sanitary, public health, or environmental protection purposes.

  • The bill would revise the definition of “recycled paper bag” to require it be made from 100% postconsumer recycled materials, without exception.

  • The bill would also require a reusable grocery bag sold by a store to a customer at the point of sale to meet different requirements, including that it not be made from plastic film material.

  • The bill would repeal the provisions relating to certification of reusable grocery bags and voluntary compliance by other retail establishments, and would repeal a provision relating to certain obsolete at-store recycling program requirements

SB 1280 (Laird): 1 lb. Propane Gas Cylinder Sales Phaseout
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By Senator Laird

  • Status:

    • Passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on 4/3. Will be heard next on the Senate Floor

  • This bill would, on and after an unspecified date, prohibit the sale or offer for sale of propane cylinders other than those propane cylinders that are reusable or refillable, as defined, and would make the violation of this provision subject to specified civil penalties.

Illnois

Illinois

HB 2363 (Smith): Clean Lighting Act
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By Representatives Smith

  • Status:

    • 1/31/24: Assigned to Energy & Environment Committee

  • Creates the Clean Lighting Act. Prohibits offering for final sale, selling at final sale, or distributing as a new manufactured product (i) a screw or bayonet base compact fluorescent lamp on and after January 1, 2024 and (ii) a pin-base compact fluorescent lamp or a linear fluorescent lamp on and after January 1, 2025. Exempts specified lamps from the Act. 

MA

Massachusetts

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H.777 (Cutler): An Act Relative to Clean Lighting
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By Representative Cutler 

  • Companion bill: S.538 by Representative Moran

  • Status:

    • 4/18: Senate concurred

  • On and after January 1, 2024, no person shall offer for final sale or distribute in this state as a new manufactured product a screw or bayonet base type compact fluorescent lamp.

  • On and after January 1, 2025, no person shall offer for final sale or distribute in this state as a new manufactured product a pin-base type compact fluorescent lamp or a linear fluorescent lamp.

Maryland

HB 1021 (Terrasa): Products That Contain Mercury - Fluorescent Lamps - Prohibition
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By Delegates Terrasa

  • Status:

    • 3/8/23: Hearing in the Economic Matters Committee starting at 1 PM EST

  • Prohibiting, on or after January 1, 2024, a person from selling or distributing as a new manufactured product a screw- or bayonet-base type compact fluorescent lamp in the State; and prohibiting, on or after January 1, 2025, a person from selling or distributing as a new manufactured product a pin-base type compact fluorescent lamp or a linear fluorescent lamp in the State.

NY

New York

SB 3063 (Krueger): Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Act
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By Senators Krueger and Cleare

  • Status:

    • 1/3/2024: Referred to Senate Health Committee

  • Enacts the tobacco product waste reduction act prohibiting the sale or offering for sale of cigarettes utilizing single-use filters and single-use electronic cigarettes.

WA

Washington

HB 1185 (Hackney): Reducing environmental impacts associated with lighting products
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By Representatives Hackney, Duerr, Berry, Ramel, Fitzgibbon, Doglio, Pollet

  • Status

    • 2/20/24: Passed the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology Committee

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HB 1164 (Doglio): Providing for the responsible management of appliances containing harmful gases and other materials.
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By Representatives Doglio, Fitzgibbon, Reed, Berry, Ramel, Macri, Lekanoff, Duerr, Pollet, Kloba

  • Status

    • 1/8/24: By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

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HB 5697 (Das & Rolfes): RENEW Act - Packaging & Paper Products EPR
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By Representatives Das, Rolfes, Kuderer, Lovelett, Lovick, Nguyen, Pedersen, Saldaña, Stanford

  • Status

    • 2/3: Referred to Ways & Means

  • Fact Sheet

  • The bill would create a coordinated, transparent statewide system for residential recycling that is funded by the producers of packaging and paper products (PPP); residents would no longer have to pay for recycling and local governments could seek reimbursement for their recycling services.

Local

LOCAL LEGISLATION

Please click on any of the following product stewardship council's websites for more information on local legislation in their states:

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COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS

NSAC supported Cook County, IL as they shepherded their pharmaceutical safe disposal ordinance to passage, which was unanimously approved on 10/26/16. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioner Debra Shore noted NSAC's involvement in her 2016 Annual Report.

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