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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 LEGISLATION

HR 2238 (Lowenthal): Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (2021) - SUPPORT
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By Representative Lowenthal

  • Status

    • 3/29/2021: Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment 

  • To amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to reduce the production and use of certain single-use plastic products and packaging, to improve the responsibility of producers in the design, collection, reuse, recycling, and disposal of their consumer products and packaging, to prevent pollution from consumer products and packaging from entering into animal and human food chains and waterways, and for other purposes.

 

 

STATE LEGISLATION

 

California

AB 1690 (Rivas): Vaping Waste Pollution Prevention Act (2022) - NSAC Sponsored
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By Assemblymembers L. Rivas, Stone, Petrie-Norris, Bauer-Kahan, Berman, Boerner Horvath, Friedman, C. Garcia, Lee, McCarty, Nazarian, Ting, Quirk, Akilah Weber, and Wicks, and Senators Allen, Becker, Hertzberg, Limon, McGuire, Newman, Portantino, and Wiener

 

AB 1793 (Quirk): Aquatic Toxicity Testing (2022) - NSAC Sponsored
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By Assemblymember Quirk

  • Status:

  • Complete this form to register your support!

  • Assembly Appropriations Analysis

  • Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Analysis

  • "The Aquatox Paradox" blog post by Smarter Sorting

  • This bill would require the department, subject to an appropriation by the Legislature, to, within 5 years of the appropriation, review its acute toxicity criteria and guidelines for the identification of hazardous wastes and extremely hazardous wastes and evaluate whether or not there are any alternative test methods or calculation-based methods that avoid the use of live vertebrate fish and that meet the requirements of the hazardous waste control laws. The bill would require the department, if it identifies an alternative test method or calculation-based method, to update its regulations to authorize the alternative test method or calculation-based method as an optional method for the identification of hazardous wastes and extremely hazardous wastes.

 

AB 1894 (L. Rivas): Cannabis Vape Labeling for Proper Disposal Act (2022) - NSAC Sponsored
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By Assemblymember Luz Rivas

 

AB 2208 (Kalra): Fluorescent Lamps (2022) - NSAC Sponsored
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By Assemblymember Kalra and Senator Becker

 

AB 661 (Bennett): Recycling: materials (Two-Year Bill) - SUPPORT
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By Assemblymember Bennett

  • Status:

  • Would require a state agency, if fitness and quality are equal, to purchase recycled products instead of nonrecycled products, without regard to cost.

 

AB 1067 (Ting): Beverage containers (Two-Year Bill)
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By Assemblymember Ting

  • Status:

  • Would require the department to conduct a study inquiring whether the $100 per day payment to the department provides sufficient inducement for dealers to meet the standards for redemption. Would require the department to submit to the Legislature a report regarding the study by July 1, 2023.

 

AB 1369 (Bennett): Buy Clean California Act Expansion (Two-Year Bill) - SUPPORT
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By Assemblymember Bennett

  • Status:

  • Would require the department to conduct a study inquiring whether the $100 per day payment to the department provides sufficient inducement for dealers to meet the standards for redemption. Would require the department to submit to the Legislature a report regarding the study by July 1, 2023.

 

AB 1817 (Bennett): Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Textiles  (2022) - SUPPORT
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By Assemblymembers Ting, Bloom, Friedman, C. Garcia, and Stone, and Senator Stern

  • Status:

    • It will be heard next on the Assembly Floor where it must pass off of by 5/27/22.

  • This bill would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2024, any person from distributing, selling, or offering for sale in the state any textile articles that contain regulated PFAS, and requires a manufacturer to use the least toxic alternative when replacing regulated PFAS in textile articles to comply with these provisions.

 

AB 2026 (Friedman): Shift to sustainable e-commerce packaging (2022) - SUPPORT
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By Assemblymember Friedman, Bloom, Kalra, Stone, Ting, and Quirk and Senators Stern and Wiener

  • Status:

  • This bill will require a shift to e-commerce packaging that is either reusable or  recyclable/compostable and accepted in curbside bins by phasing out certain single-use plastic packaging including plastic mailing envelopes, bubble wrap, air pillows, and expanded polystyrene.

 

AB 2247 (Bloom): PFAS Products Disclosure (2022) - SUPPORT
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By Assemblymembers Bloom and Ting, and Senator Allen

  • Status:

  • This bill would require the Department of Toxic Substances Control to work with the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse to establish, on or before January 1, 2024, a publicly accessible reporting platform to collect information about PFAS and products or product components containing regulated PFAS, as defined, being sold, offered for sale, distributed, or offered for promotional purposes in, or imported into, the state.

  • The bill would require, on or before March 1, 2024, and annually thereafter, a manufacturer, as defined, of PFAS or a product or a product component containing regulated PFAS that is sold, offered for sale, distributed, or offered for promotional purposes in, or imported into, the state to register the PFAS or the product or product component containing regulated PFAS, and specified other information, on the publicly accessible reporting platform.

 

AB 2440 (Irwin): Battery and Battery-Embedded Product Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction Act (2022) - SUPPORT
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By Assemblymembers Irwin, Lee, Mullin, Petrie-Norris, Stone, Ting, and Wicks, and Senators Newman, Archuleta, Becker, Eggman, Wieckowski, and Wiener

  • Status:

  • The bill would enact the Battery and Battery-Embedded Product Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction Act of 2022, which would prohibit a person from knowingly disposing of a lithium-ion battery in a container or receptacle that is intended for the collection of solid waste or recyclable materials, unless the container or receptacle is designated for the collection of batteries for recycling, as provided.

  • Companion bill: SB 1215 (Newman)

 

AB 2771 (Friedman): PFAS in Cosmetics (2022) - SUPPORT
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By Assemblymembers Friedman and Muratsuchi, and Senator Skinner

  • Status:

    • It will be heard next on the Assembly Floor, where it must pass off of by 5/27/22.

  • The bill would prohibit a person or entity from manufacturing, selling, delivering, holding, or offering for sale in commerce any cosmetic product that contains perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances PFAS.

 

AB 2779 (Irwin): Canned Wine & Distilled Spirits (2022) - SUPPORT
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By Assemblymember Irwin

  • Status:

  • The bill would  revise this definition of beverage to include wine, or wine from which alcohol has been removed, sold in an aluminum beverage container and distilled spirits sold in an aluminum beverage container. 

 

AB 2784 (Ting): Postconsumer Thermoform Recycled Plastic (2022)
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By Assemblymembers Ting and Irwin, and Senator Skinner

  • Status:

  • This bill, commencing January 1, 2025, would require the total thermoform plastic containers sold by a producer to, on average, contain specified amounts of postconsumer thermoform recycled plastic, as defined, per year pursuant to a tiered plan that would require the total thermoform plastic containers to contain, on average, and depending on the recycling rate, no less than 20% or 30% postconsumer recycled plastic per year on and after July 1, 2030.

 

SB 38 (Wieckowski): Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act (2021-2022) - Two-Year Bill
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By Senator Wieckowski

  • Status:

    • 2/14: Amended, re-referred to Committee on Natural Resources

  • This bill would require beverage manufacturers, as defined, in the state to form a beverage container stewardship organization. The bill would require the organization to establish a stewardship fee, to be paid by beverage manufacturer members of the organization, to assist in covering the costs of implementing the beverage container stewardship program. The bill would require the organization to reimburse the department for the department’s costs of enforcing the program. 

 

SB 54 (Allen): Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act (2021-2022) - SUPPORT (Two-Year Bill)
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By Senators Allen, Becker, Stern, Wiener, Becker, and Gonzalez, and Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez, Muratsuchi, Ting,  Boerner Horvath, Carrillo, Kamlager, and Luz-Rivas.

  • Status:

  • This bill would establish the Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act, which would prohibit producers of single-use, disposable packaging or single-use, disposable food service ware products from offering for sale, selling, distributing, or importing in or into the state such packaging or products that are manufactured on or after January 1, 2032, unless they are recyclable or compostable.

 

SB 502 (Allen): Hazardous materials: green chemistry: consumer products. (2021-2022) - SUPPORT (Two-Year Bill)
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By Senator Allen 

  • Status:

  • The bill would declare that it is the policy goal of the state to ensure the safety of consumer products sold in California through timely administrative and legislative action on consumer products and chemicals of concern in those products, particularly those products that may have disproportionate impacts on sensitive populations.

 

SB 1013 (Atkins): Adding Wine and Distilled Spirits in CA's Bottle Bill Program (2022)
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By Senator Atkins

  • Status:

  • The bills would add wine and distilled spirits to the California Bottle Bill program.

 

SB 1215 (Newman): Battery and Battery-Embedded Product Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction Act (2022) - SUPPORT
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By Senators Newman, Archuleta, Becker, Eggman, Wieckowski, and Wiener and Assemblymembers Irwin, Lee, Mullin, Petrie-Norris, Stone, Ting, and Wicks

  • Status:

  • The bill would enact the Battery and Battery-Embedded Product Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction Act of 2022, which would prohibit a person from knowingly disposing of a lithium-ion battery in a container or receptacle that is intended for the collection of solid waste or recyclable materials, unless the container or receptacle is designated for the collection of batteries for recycling, as provided.

  • Companion bill: AB 2440 (Irwin)

 

SB 1255 (Portantino): Dishwasher Grant Program for Waste Reduction in K–12 Schools and Community Colleges (2022) - SUPPORT
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By Senator Portantino

  • Status:

  • This bill would establish the Dishwasher Grant Program for Waste Reduction in K–12 Schools and Community Colleges to be administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to provide grants to school districts, charter schools, and community college districts for the purchase and installation of commercial dishwashers at the schoolsites and campuses, as specified. The bill would require the department to award grants of up to $40,000 per kitchen of a school or campus of an applicant district, as specified. 

 

SB 1256 (Wieckowski): Disposable Propane Cylinders (2022) - SUPPORT
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By Senator Wieckowski

  • Status:

    • It will be heard next on the Senate Floor, where it must pass off of by 5/27/22.

  • This bill would, on and after January 1, 2028, prohibit the sale of disposable propane cylinders, as defined, and would make the violation of this provision subject to specified civil penalties. The bill would authorize a city attorney or county counsel to impose these civil penalties, as provided.

 

 

Connecticut

HB 5142: Gas Cylinder Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) - SIGNED INTO LAW 5-10-2022
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By Representatives Gresko, Horn, Winkler, Michel, Elliott, Reyes, Parker, Palm, Bolinsky, Hampton, Butler, Genga, Anwar, Buckbee

  • Requires producers to create a product stewardship program for gas cylinders greater than .5 lbs but not exceeding 50 lbs.

 

 

Illinois

HB 4356 (Gabel): Carpet Stewardship Act
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By Representatives Gabel, Welch, Hernandez, Rohr, Gong-Gershowitz, Didech, Ramirez, Avelar, Mah, Guzzardi, Mayfield, Walker, Stava-Murray, Croke, Ness, Yingling, Gonzalez, Mason, Howard, Ammons, Willis, Harper, Carroll, Ford, and Slaughter

  • Status:

    •     3/4/2022: Re-referred to Rules Committee

  • Provides that for all carpet sold in this State, producers shall, through a clearinghouse, implement and finance a statewide carpet stewardship program that manages the product by reducing the product's waste generation, promotes its reutilization and recovery, and provides for negotiation and execution of agreements to collect, transport, process, and market the product for end-of-life carpet recovery and carpet reutilization. Requires the clearinghouse to be incorporated as a nonprofit.

  • Establishes requirements for State procurement of carpet with post-consumer recovered content.

 

 

Maryland

HB 700 (Love): Truth in Labeling
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By Delegates Love, Barve, Feldmark, Foley, Lehman, Palakovich Carr, Pena-Melnyk, Ruth, Solomon, Stein, Stewart, Terrasa

  • Status:

    • 2/18/2022: Hearing in the House Environment and Transportation Committee starting at 8 AM EST

  • Altering certain plastic resin labeling requirements for rigid plastic containers and plastic bottles; prohibiting the display of a certain symbol on rigid plastic containers and plastic bottles if the containers and bottles do not meet certain requirements; prohibiting a person from making certain environmental marketing claims; prohibiting a person from offering for sale, selling, distributing, or importing into the State any product or packaging labeled with or depicting certain environmental marketing claims; etc.

 

 

New York

SB S5027C (Kavanagh): Carpet Collection Program
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By Senator Kavanagh, Biaggi, Krueger, and May

  • Status:

    • Passed out of the Senate and Assembly and is on the Governor's desk

  • Requires carpet producers to either individually or collectively submit a plan to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) outlining the establishment of a carpet collection program by December 31, 2023 

  • Require the plan to describe how the program will provide for collection of carpet, in a manner convenient and free of cost to consumers and carpet installers

  • Also establishes recycling rate goals, and a 13-member Stewardship Advisory Board comprised of a mix of carpet manufacturers, recyclers and consumer organizations, to make recommendations to DEC regarding carpet collection plans

  • Requires carpet manufacturers to affix labels providing producer name and contact information and material composition and construction information

  • Prohibits the use of PFAS substances and establishes minimum post-consumer content
    requirements

 

SB 1278 (Krueger): Tobacco Waste Reduction Act
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By Senators Krueger, Biaggi, and Kaminsky

  • Status:

    • 1/5/2022: 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.

 

 

Vermont

H 500 (Sheldon): Mercury Lamps - SIGNED INTO LAW 5/19/2022
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By Representative Sheldon

  • Seeks to phase-out all general purpose fluorescent lamps, including CFLs (screw-base and pin-base), as well as linear (and U-bend) fluorescent. Special purpose fluorescent and UV lamps are excluded.

 

 

Washington

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 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.