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NSAC SPONSORED BILLS

SB 343 (Allen): Environmental advertising: recycling symbol (2021) - Co-Sponsored By NSAC

By Senators Allen and Glazer, and Assemblymembers Friedman, and Lorena Gonzalez

  • Co-sponsored by NSAC and Californians Against Waste

  • Coalition Support Letter: to be added, please:

  • Fact Sheet

  • Senate Floor Hearing Recording

  • Senate Appropriations Analysis

  • Senate Judiciary Hearing Recording

  • Senate Judiciary Analysis

  • Senate EQ Hearing Recording

  • Senate EQ Analysis

  • Status:

    • Passed off the Senate Floor with a 31 - 6 vote with 3 votes not recorded. It was double referred to the Assembly Committees on Natural Resources and Judiciary - hearing dates TBA.

  • The bill would prohibit a person from offering for sale, selling, distributing, or importing into the state any product or packaging using a deceptive or misleading claim about its recyclability. The bill would provide that the display of a chasing arrows symbol, a chasing arrows symbol surrounding a resin identification code, or any other symbol or statement indicating the product or packaging is recyclable, or directing the consumer to recycle the product or packaging, is deemed to be a deceptive or misleading claim unless the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has determined the product or packaging is recyclable.

 

AB 818 (Bloom): Solid waste: premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes (2021) - Co-Sponsored By NSAC

By Assemblymembers Bloom and Lorena Gonzalez

  • Co-Sponsored by NSAC, California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA), and Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA)

  • Coalition Support Letterto be added, please:

  • NSAC Sponsor Support Letter

  • CASA Sponsor Support Letter

  • Fact Sheet

  • Status:

    • 6/14: Passed out of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality with a 7-0 vote. It will be heard next in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • This bill would require, except as provided, certain premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes manufactured on or after July 1, 2022, to be labeled clearly and conspicuously with the phrase “Do Not Flush” and a related symbol, as specified. The bill would prohibit a covered entity, as defined, from making a representation about the flushable attributes, benefits, performance, or efficacy of those premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes, as provided. The bill would establish enforcement provisions, including authorizing a civil penalty not to exceed $2,500 per day, up to a maximum of $100,000 per violation, to be imposed on a covered entity who violates those provisions.

  • The bill would establish, until January 1, 2027, the California Consumer Education and Outreach Program, under which covered entities would be required, among other things, to participate in a collection study conducted in collaboration with wastewater agencies for the purpose of gaining understanding of consumer behavior regarding the flushing of premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes and to conduct a comprehensive multimedia education and outreach program in the state. The bill would require covered entities to annually report to specified legislative committees and the State Water Resources Control Board on their activities under the program and would require the state board to post the reports on its internet website.

 

 

FEDERAL LEGISLATION

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

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

 

Arizona

HB2828: Solar; Electric Vehicle Batteries; Disposal (2020)

By Representative Finchem

  • Status:

    • 2/26/2020: Rules Committee voted 8-0 that the bill is Constitutional and in Proper form

  • Would require solar panels to be recycled at an approved recycling facility. It would also would impose a $5 per panel fee on the person who sells or leases the panels, unless those panels are produced by a manufacturer that has its own recycling program.

 

 

California

AJR 4 (C. Garcia): Basel Convention (2021) - SUPPORT

By Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia, Bennett, Friedman, Lorena Gonzalez, Holden, Quirk, and Luz Rivas, Aguiar-Curry, Arambula, Bauer-Kahan, Berman, Bloom, Boerner Horvath, Bonta, Burke, Calderon, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chau, Chen, Chiu, Cooley, Cooper, Cunningham, Frazier, Gabriel, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Gray, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Lee, Levine, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, O’Donnell, Quirk-Silva, Ramos, Rendon, Reyes, Robert Rivas, Rodriguez, Blanca Rubio, Santiago, Stone, Ting, Villapudua, Voepel, Ward, and Wood and Senators Allen, Eggman, Stern, Wieckowski, and Wiener.

  • Coalition Floor Alertto be added to this letter, please:

  • Fact Sheet

  • Press Release

  • Status:

    • 6/14: Passed out of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality with a 5-0 vote, with 2 votes not recorded. Ordered to third reading.

  • This measure would declare California to be in favor of the United States’ ratification of the Basel Convention at the earliest opportunity and would request the Biden Administration to accomplish this ratification as a matter of urgency.

 

AB 246 (Quirk & Mathis): Contractor Disciplinary Actions for Illegal Dumping (2021) - SUPPORT

By Assemblymember Quirk, Mathis, Bauer-Kahan, Lee, and Cunningham

  • NSAC Support Letter

  • Status:

    • Passed out of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee with a 12-0 vote, with 2 votes not recorded. It will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on 6/21.

  • Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of contractors by the Contractors’ State License Board (board). Under existing law, a willful or deliberate disregard by a licensed contractor of various state building, labor, and safety laws constitutes a cause for disciplinary action by the board.

  • This bill would reorganize these provisions and would add illegal dumping to the list of violations that constitute a cause for disciplinary action against a contractor by the board.

 

AB 478 (Ting): Thermoform plastic containers: postconsumer recycled plastic. (2021) - SUPPORT

By Assemblymembers Ting, Lorena Gonzalez, and Irwin, and Senator Skinner

  • Status:

    • Passed off the Assembly Floor with a 54 - 3 vote, with 21 votes not recorded. Referred to the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality on 7/1.

  • This bill, on and after January 1, 2024, would require the total thermoform plastic containers, as defined, sold by a producer, as defined, in the state to contain, on average, specified amounts of postconsumer recycled plastic, as defined, per year pursuant to a tiered plan that would require the total thermoform plastic containers to contain, on average, no less than 30% postconsumer recycled plastic per year on and after January 1, 2030.

 

AB 661 (Bennett): Recycling: materials (2021-2022) - SUPPORT (Two-Year Bill)

By Assemblymember Bennett

  • Coalition Support Letter: to be added to this letter, please:

  • Status:

    • May be enacted upon January 2022​

  • This bill would improve the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) by:

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

    • Substantially revising product categories.

    • Requiring the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in consultation with the DGS, to update a list of products and minimum recycled content percentages, as determined to be appropriate, commencing January 1, 2025, and every 3 years thereafter. 

    • The bill would require all state agency procurement and contracting officers, or their designees, to participate in mandatory annual training, as prescribed, conducted jointly by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery and the DGS, and more.

 

AB 707 (Quirk): Mercury Thermostats (2021)

By Assemblymember Quirk

  • Status:

    • Passed off the Assembly Floor with a 72 - 0 vote with 7 votes not recorded. It will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on 6/28.

  • This bill would repeal the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008 and recast the program, as part of the state’s hazardous waste control laws, as the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2021.

 

AB 881 (Lorena Gonzalez): Plastic waste: diversion: recycling: export (2021) - SUPPORT

By Assemblymembers  Lorena Gonzalez, Friedman, Cristina Garcia, Mathis, Carrillo, Stone, McCarty, and Ting, and Senators Allen, Hueso, and Wiener

  • Fact Sheet

  • Status:

    • Passed off the Assembly Floor with a 76-0 vote with 2 votes not recorded. It will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on 6/28.

  • This bill would make the export out of the country of a mixture of plastic wastes “disposal” for purposes of the act, unless the mixture includes only certain plastics destined for separate recycling and satisfies other specified requirements, in which case that export would constitute diversion through recycling.

 

AB 962 (Kamlager): California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: reusable beverage containers (2021) - SUPPORT

By Senator Kamlager

  • Fact Sheet

  • Status:

    • Passed off the Assembly Floor with a 31 - 6 vote with 3 votes not recorded. It will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on 6/28.

  • This bill would authorize, for a reusable beverage container, a processor approved by the department to handle reusable beverage containers to satisfy those operation requirements by transferring the reusable beverage container to a washer approved by the department. By creating crimes relating to reusable beverage containers, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would define “reusable beverage container” for purposes of the act to mean a beverage container that has been used to contain a beverage, for which the applicable redemption payment has been paid, and that is returned whole and intact to a recycler or other certified entity designated by the department and capable of reuse as a beverage container. The bill would provide that an empty reusable beverage container for which the applicable redemption payment has been paid and that is collected and processed unbroken for reuse as a beverage container shall continue to be eligible for all applicable payments and incentives provided in the act.

 

AB 1035 (Salas & Skinner): Transportation: Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program: recycled material standards (2021)

By Assemblymembers Salas and Skinner

  • Status:

    • 5/27: Passed off the Assembly Floor with a 73-0 vote with 5 votes not recorded. Will be heard next in the Senate Committee on Transportation.

  • This bill would require the department and a local agency that has jurisdiction over a street or highway, to the extent feasible and cost effective, to use advanced technologies and material recycling techniques that reduce the cost of maintaining and rehabilitating streets and highways and that exhibit reduced levels of greenhouse gas emissions through material choice and construction method.

  • The bill would require, on and after January 1, 2025, a local agency that has jurisdiction over a street or highway, to the extent feasible, to apply standard specifications that allow for the use of recycled materials in streets and highways, as specified.

 

AB 1200 (Ting): Plant-based food packaging: cookware: hazardous chemicals (2021) - SUPPORT

By Assemblymembers Ting and Friedman

  • Status:

    • 5/12: Referred to Senate Committees on Health and Environmental Quality

  • This bill would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2023, any person from distributing, selling, or offering for sale in the state any food packaging that contains intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, as defined. The bill would require a manufacturer to use the least toxic alternative when replacing PFAS chemicals.

  • This bill would require, beginning January 1, 2024, a manufacturer, as defined, of cookware sold in the state that contains one or more intentionally added chemicals present on a designated list, as defined, to include a statement on the product label, as defined, in both English and Spanish, regarding the presence of those chemicals of concern in the cookware, as provided.

  • The bill would require, beginning January 1, 2023, a manufacturer of this cookware to post on the internet website for the cookware a list of chemicals in the cookware that are present on the designated list, among other information. The bill would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2024, a manufacturer from making a claim, either on the cookware package or internet website for the cookware, that the cookware is free of any specific chemical if the chemical belongs to a chemical group or class identified on the designated list, unless no individual chemical from that chemical group or class is intentionally added in the cookware.

 

AB 1201 (Ting): Solid waste: plastic products: labeling: compostability and biodegradability (2021) - SUPPORT

By Assemblymembers Ting, Lorena Gonzalez, and Mathis

  • Status:

    • Passed off the Assembly Floor with a 77-0 vote with 2 votes not recorded. It will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on 6/28.

  • This bill would prohibit a person from selling a plastic product that is labeled with the term “compostable,” “home compostable,” or “soil biodegradable” unless the product meets specified standards and satisfies specified criteria. The bill would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to adopt regulations for plastic product labeling to ensure that plastic products labeled “compostable” or “home compostable” are clearly distinguishable from noncompostable products upon quick inspection by consumers and solid waste processing facilities.

 

AB 1311 (Wood): Recycling: beverage containers (2021)

By Assemblymember Wood and Senator McGuire

  • Status:

    • 5/28: Passed off the Assembly Floor with a 77-0 vote with 2 votes not recorded. Will be heard next in the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality.

  • The bill would require a bag drop recycling center to pay the refund value for beverage containers within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 3 business days.

  • The bill would require, on or before July 1, 2022, the department to develop and implement a process pursuant to which a certified recycling center can annually apply to the department for authorization to operate on an alternative schedule, as specified. The bill would require the department to include in its process, among other components, criteria the department shall use to authorize a certified recycling center to operate on an alternative schedule.

  • The bill would provide that, until July 1, 2022, a certified recycling center or location that is not a reverse vending machine or a bag drop recycling center is additionally “open for business” if the certified recycling center or location receives written authorization from the department to operate pursuant to an appointment system during the hours of operation and the certified recycling center or location meets specified requirements.

  • The bill would require the department to authorize a certified recycling center or location to operate pursuant to an appointment system only if the department determines that high customer demand, weather, or public health and safety concerns warrant the implementation of an appointment system at the certified recycling center or location, and the certified recycling center or location posts certain information.

 

AB 1371 (Friedman): Recycling: plastic: packaging and carryout bags (2021) - Failed to move

By Assemblymembers Friedman, L. Gonzalez, Ting, Bloom, Carrillo, Kalra, Quirk, Luz Rivas, and Stone, and Senators Allen, Stern, and Wiener

  • This bill would prohibit an online retailer that sells or offers for sale and delivers purchased products in or into the state from using single-use plastic packaging that consists of shipping envelopes, cushioning, or void fill to package or transport the products, on and after January 1, 2023, for large online retailers, as defined, and on and after January 1, 2025, for small online retailers, as defined.

  • The bill would prohibit a manufacturer, retailer, producer, or other distributer that sells or offers for sale and delivers purchased products in or into the state from using expanded polystyrene packaging to package or transport the products. 

AB 1454 (Bloom & O'Donnell): The California Beverage Container and Litter Reduction Act (2021)

By Assemblymembers Bloom and O'Donnell

  • Status:

    • 6/3: Passed off the Assembly Floor with a 78-0 vote with 1 votes not recorded. Will be heard next in the Senate - committee and hearing date TBD.

  • This bill would allow the department to designate a regional convenience zone serving multiple unserved supermarket-based zones based on specified factors.

  • This bill would require the refund value to be paid onsite at the time of redemption, through a voucher, or through an electronic payment within 5 business days.

  • This bill would make changes to processing payments.

 

SB 38 (Wieckowski): Beverage Containers (2021)

By Senator Wieckowski.

  • Status:

    • 6/3: Passed off the Senate Floor with a 23-8 vote with 9 votes not recorded. Will be heard next in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee - hearing date TBD.

  • This bill would require distributors of beverage containers in the state to form a beverage container stewardship organization.

 

SB 54 (Allen): Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act (2021-2022) - SUPPORT (Two-Year Bill)

By Senators Allen, Becker, Stern, Wiener, Becker, and Gonzalez, and Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez, Muratsuchi, Ting,  Boerner Horvath, Carrillo, Kamlager, and Luz-Rivas.

  • Status:

    • Held by Senator Allen. 

  • 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 207 (Dahle): Photovoltaic Recycling Advisory Group (2021)

By Senator Dahle

  • Status:

    • 6/1: Passed off the Senate Floor with a 39 - 0 vote with 1 vote not recorded. It will be heard next in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee on 6/30.

  • This bill would require the Secretary for Environmental Protection to, on or before April 1, 2022, convene the Photovoltaic Recycling Advisory Group, consisting of specified members, to review and advise the Legislature on policies pertaining to the recovery and recycling of photovoltaic panels and their components. The bill would require the advisory group to consult with relevant entities in order to develop and, on or before April 1, 2025, submit to the Legislature policy recommendations aimed at ensuring that, to the extent possible, 100% of photovoltaic panels in the state are reused or recycled at end of life in a safe and cost-effective manner.

 

SB 289 (Newman): Recycling: batteries & battery-embedded products (2021) - Failed to move

By Senators Newman and Becker, and Assemblymembers Berman and Mullin

  • The bill would enact the Battery and Battery-Embedded Product Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction Act of 2021, which would require producers, as defined, either individually or through the creation of one or more stewardship organizations, to establish a stewardship program for batteries and battery-embedded products. The bill would require the stewardship plan to include specified elements, including consultation with an advisory body, which the bill would require the department to create, a collection system for batteries and battery-embedded products with a specified minimum distribution of collection sites and a funding mechanism to provide sufficient funding for implementation of the plan. 

  • The bill would prohibit a retailer or distributor from selling, distributing, offering for sale, or importing a battery or battery-embedded product in or into the state unless the producer of the battery or battery-embedded product is listed as in compliance on that list for that brand and battery or battery-embedded product, except as specified.

 

SB 451 (Dodd): Beverage container recycling: pilot projects (2021) - SUPPORT

By Senator Dodd

  • Status:

    • 6/1: Passed off the Senate Floor with a 39-0 vote with 1 vote not recorded. Will be heard next in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee - hearing date TBD.

  • This bill would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to establish a recycling pilot program for the collection and recycling of beverage containers. The bill would define the terms “beverage” and “beverage containers” for purposes of the pilot program to include certain beverage containers that are otherwise excluded for other purposes. The bill would make an appropriation by changing the terms and conditions under which the department is authorized to make payments from a continuously appropriated fund. The bill would require the recycling pilot program to include a requirement for a pilot project operator to submit to the department a pilot project plan with specified goals and elements, including that the pilot project operator provide the department with annual updates and a final report on or before April 1, 2026. The bill would require the department to review and approve, disapprove, or conditionally approve a pilot project operator plan within a reasonable timeframe. The bill would require the department to annually include an update on the recycling pilot program in a specified report to the Legislature. The bill would make these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2026, and would repeal them on January 1, 2027.

 

SB 502 (Allen): Hazardous materials: green chemistry: consumer products. (2021) - SUPPORT

By Senator Allen

  • Status:

    • Inactive - held by Senator Allen.

  • 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 605 (Eggman): Medical Device Right to Repair Act (2021) - Failed to move

By Senator Eggman and Assemblymembers Gonzalez and Cunnigham

  • This bill would enact the Medical Device Right to Repair Act, and would require an original manufacturer of powered medical equipment used in the treatment, monitoring, or diagnosis of a patient to provide documentation, parts, and tools used to inspect, diagnose, maintain, and repair powered medical equipment to an authorized repair provider on fair and reasonable terms, as defined.

 

 

Colorado

HB 1199: Consumer Digital Repair Bill Of Rights (2021)

By Representatives Titone, Woodrow, Rodriguez

  • Status:

    • 3/25/2021: House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely

  • The bill requires a manufacturer to provide parts, embedded software, firmware, tools, or documentation, such as diagnostic, maintenance, or repair manuals, diagrams, or similar information, to independent repair providers and owners of the manufacturer's equipment to allow an independent repair provider or owner to conduct diagnostic, maintenance, or repair services.

 

 

Hawaii

HB 1316: Relating To Packaging Waste (2021)

By Representatives Lowen and Marten

  • Status:

    • 2/12/2021: Passed second reading as amended and referred to House Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee

  • Part I: Requires and appropriates funds for the department of health to conduct a study on the benefits and costs to implement extended producer responsibility in the State.

  • Part II: Beginning January 1, 2022, prohibits full-service restaurants from providing single-use plastic service ware to consumers unless requested by the consumer.

  • Part III: Beginning January 1, 2023, requires beverage manufacturers that offer for sale, sell, or distribute beverages in plastic beverage containers in the State to meet minimum postconsumer recycled content requirements.

 

HB 1419: Establishes the Municipal Product Stewardship Program (2021)

By Senator Acasio​

  • Status:

    • 2/16/2021: Re-Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

  • The legislature finds that municipal product stewardship programs shift the costs of paying for solid waste disposal and recycling from the municipality to product manufacturers.  Funds for product stewardship programs go directly to states, cities, and towns to help cover the costs of recycling and rapidly expand their programs with infrastructure investments.  This approach retains the right and ability of organized citizens and small businesses to oversee and control local decision-making.

  • The purpose of this Act is to establish a municipal product stewardship program.

 

 

Illinois

HB 1780: Drug Take-Back Act (2021)

By Representatives Gong-Gershowitz, Howard, Cassidy, Stava-Murray, Buckner, Mussman, Avelar, and Conroy

  • Status:

    • 3/27/2021: Re-referred to Rules Committee

  • Requires covered manufacturers to, no later than July 1, 2022 or 6 months after becoming a covered manufacturer, whichever is later, participate in an approved drug take-back program or have established and implemented a drug take-back program independently or as part of a group of covered manufacturers.

 

SB 0294:Wipes Labeling Act (2021)

By Representative Castro

  • Status:

    • 5/21/2021: Third Reading in the House

  • Covered entity must clearly and conspicuously label a covered product as "do not flush" in accordance with specified.

 

SB 0345: Carpet Stewardship Act (2021) - FAILED TO MOVE

By Representative Bush

  • Status:

    • 4/16/2021: Re-referred to Assignments

  • 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 reuse and recycling, and provides for negotiation and execution of agreements to collect, transport, process, and market the product for end-of-life carpet recycling and carpet reuse.

  •  Requires the clearinghouse to be incorporated as a nonprofit.

 

 

Maine

LD 8: An Act To Support Collection and Proper Disposal of Unwanted Drugs (2021)

By Senator Carney and Representative Hymanson

  • Status:

    • On the Governor's desk

  • This bill provides for the establishment of drug take-back stewardship programs. It
    requires certain drug manufacturers, as defined in the bill, to operate a drug take-back
    stewardship program to collect and dispose of certain drugs.

 

LD 1541: An Act To Support and Improve Municipal Recycling Programs and Save Taxpayer Money (2021)

By Representative Grohoski 

  • Status:

    • 5/24/2021: Voted on, divided report

  • Establishes a stewardship program for packaging materials.

  • Under the program, producers of products contained, protected, delivered, presented or distributed in or using packaging material pay into a fund based on the amount by weight of packaging material associated with the products they sell, offer for sale or distribute for sale in or into the State.

  • Producers can wholly or partially offset this payment obligation by implementing independent programs to recycle packaging of the same material type for which they have a payment obligation and can further reduce their payment obligation by reducing the amount of packaging associated with the products they sell, offer for sale or distribute for sale in or into the State or by meeting other program incentives.

  • Producer payments received by the stewardship organization are used to reimburse
    eligible municipalities for certain recycling and waste management costs.

  • Stewardship organization is authorized to use producer payments to cover the operational costs for the program, to pay department fees and to make investments in education and infrastructure aimed at reducing packaging waste and improving recycling outcomes in the State.

 

LD 1471: An Act To Establish a Stewardship Program for Packaging (2021)

 

  • Status:

    • 5/24/2021: Voted on, divided report

  • Facilitates the establishment of one or more stewardship programs in the State
    for packaging material to be operated by a stewardship organization

  • Responsible parties that sell, offer for sale or distribute for sale in or into the
    State certain products contained, protected, delivered, presented or distributed in or using
    packaging material are required to pay fees related to the packaging material associated
    with those products.

  • Responsible party payments received by a stewardship organization are used to offset
    operational recycling costs incurred by entities meeting certain eligibility requirements,
    which may include municipalities, refuse disposal districts and regional waste management
    associations in the State. Responsible party payments are also used to fund grants to entities meeting certain eligibility requirements, which may include municipalities, refuse disposal districts, regional waste management associations and private entities in the State, to support improvements in recycling infrastructure in the State.

 

LD 602: An Act To Prevent Pollution from Single-use Plastic Straws, Splash Sticks and Beverage Lid Plugs (2021)

 

  • Status:

    • 5/17/2021: Voted on, divided report

  • Beginning January 1, 2022, this bill prohibits the manufacture and the sale and distribution, at retail or wholesale, of single-use drinking straws, splash sticks and beverage lid plugs made wholly or partly of plastic and prohibits food establishments and eating establishments from providing such items to customers at a point of sale or otherwise making such items available to customers.

  • Food establishments and eating establishments are authorized under the bill to provide, only upon the request of a customer and only at a point of sale, single-use drinking straws, splash sticks or beverage lid plugs not made of plastic as long as they collect a fee from the customer of not less than 5 cents for each such item provided.

 

 

Maryland

HB 36: Environment – Packaging, Containers, and Paper Products – Producer Responsibility
(2021)

By Representatives Lierman, Charkoudian, Jones , Lewis, Love, Terrasa 

  • Status:

    • Failed in the House

  • Requiring, by October 1, 2022, a producer of certain packaging, containers, and paper products to individually or as part of a stewardship organization submit a covered materials and products stewardship plan to the Department of the Environment for approval; prohibiting, on or after a October 1, 2024, a producer of covered materials and products from selling or distributing covered materials and products unless the producer individually or as part of a stewardship organization has an approved stewardship plan; etc.

 

 

Massachusetts

H 878: Act to Save Recycling Costs in the Commonwealth (2021)

By Representatives Michael S. Day, Ciccolo, Domb, Robinson, Lewis, Muratore, McCurty, Giannino, Sabadosa, Vitolo, Kerans, Eldridge, Lipper-Garabedian, David M. Rogers, DiDomenico, Haggerty, Robertson, Oakley, O'Connor, Comerford, John H. Rogers, Gentile, Malia, Owens

  • Status:

    • 3/29/2021: Senate concurred. Referred to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

  • Would direct packaging producers to establish a producer responsibility organization (PRO) and submit a stewardship plan for how the PRO will run the program and reimburse collectors.

  • It also establishes an advisory committee made up of stakeholders and allows producers to propose alternative collection programs for certain packaging.

  • Similar bills: S.610 and S. 517

 

H 897: Act to Save Water Systems Through the Labeling of Flushable Wipes (2021)

 

By Representatives Dykema, Ehrlich, Howitt, Balser, Khan, Gouveia, Kushmerek, Hawkins, Campbell, Gordon, Stanley, Oliveira, Cronin, Kelcourse, Ferguson, Timilty, Ciccolo, Giannino, Sabadosa, Vitolo, Lipper-Garabedian, Robertson, 

  • Status:

    • ​3/29/2021: Senate concurred. Referred to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

  • Companion bill: S. 529

  • Requires the phrase “Do Not Flush” of a size equal to at least 2% of the surface area of the principal display panel

 

H 988: An Act to establish a mattress recycling program in the Commonwealth (2021)

By Philips

  • Status:

    • 3/29/2021: Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

  • Creates a statewide mattress stewardship program.

 

 

Minnesota

HF 2267: Carpet Product Stewardship (2019)

By Representatives Hansen, Fischer, Becker-Finn, and Long

  • Current Status:

  • For all carpet sold in the state, producers must, individually or through a stewardship organization, implement and finance a statewide product stewardship program that manages carpet by reducing carpet's waste generation, promoting its reuse and recycling, and providing for negotiation and execution of agreements to collect, transport, and process carpet for end-of-life recycling and reuse.

  •  On and after July 1, 2021, no producer, wholesaler, or retailer may sell carpet or offer carpet for sale in the state unless the carpet's producer participates in an approved stewardship plan, either individually or through a stewardship organization.

  • Press:

  • Companion: SF 2300

 

HF 3181: Wet Wipes (2020)

 

By Representatives Claflin, Becker-Finn, Fischer, Hornstein, Lislegard

  • Current Status:

    • 4/14/2020: Committee report, to adopt

  • No nonwoven disposable product for sale in the state may be advertised, packaged, or labeled as flushable, septic safe, or sewer safe unless it meets the definition set forth in subdivision 1.

  • A nonwoven disposable product for sale in the state
    must meet the most recent INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) code of practice for product labeling that has been approved by the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency

  • Companion: SF 3139

 

HF 842: Carpet stewardship (2021)

By Representative Jordan

  • Status: 

    • 2/8/2021: Introduction and first reading, referred to Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy

  • A producer of carpet sold in the state must participate in the stewardship organization to implement and finance a statewide product stewardship program operated under an agency-approved product stewardship plan that manages carpet by reducing carpet's waste generation, promoting its reuse and recycling, and providing for negotiation and execution of agreements to collect, transport, and process carpet for recycling and reuse.​

 

SF 1171: Carpet stewardship program establishment (2021)

By Representative Weber

Companion Bill: HF 1426

  • Status: 

    • 2/18/2021: Introduction and first reading, referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

  • Establishes a carpet stewardship program is established to reduce carpet-related waste generation by promoting the collection and recycling of discarded carpet. 

 

HF 914: Nonwoven disposable product labelling (2021)

By Representative Fischer

  • Status: 

    • 2/10/2021: Introduction and first reading, referred to Commerce Finance and Policy

  • Require a flushability standard for wipes labeled “flushable” in addition to the “Do Not Flush” logo for non-flushable wipes.

 

HF 1767: Mattress Recycling  (2021)

By Howe and Rudd

  • Status: 

    • 3/4/2021: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

  • Creates a statewide mattress stewardship program.

 

 

New York

Assembly Bill A4129: "Flushable" Wipes (2021)

By Colton, Gottfried, Simon, Steck, Cook, Dilan, Lupardo, Englebright

  • Status:

    • 2/1/2021: Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection

  • Prohibits a manufacturer from labeling or advertising a nonwoven disposable product for sale as a flushable without prior approval.

 

Assembly Bill A4308: Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Act (2021)

By Griffin and Gonzalez-Rojas

  • Status:

    • 2/1/2021: Referred to Health

  • Assembly Version: S1278

  • Prohibits the sale or offering for sale of cigarettes utilizing single-use filters and single-use electronic cigarettes.

 

Assembly Bill A7006: Digital Fair Repair Act (2021)

By Fahy

  • Status:

    • 4/19/2021: Referred to Consumer Affairs And Protection

  • For digital electronic equipment, and parts for such equipment, sold or used in this state, an original equipment manufacturer shall make available, for purposes of diagnosis, maintenance, or repair, to any independent repair provider, or to the owner of digital electronic equipment manufacturer by or on behalf of, or sold by, the original equipment manufacturer, on fair and reasonable terms, documentation, parts, and tools, inclusive of any updates to information or embedded software.

  • It does not require an original equipment manufacturer to make available a part if the part is no longer available to the original equipment manufacturer

 

Senate Bill S543: Hospitality Personal Care Products (2021)

By Senator Kaminsky

  • Status:

    • 4/26/2021: Passed Senate, returned to Assembly

  • Prohibits hotels from making available to its hotel guests small plastic bottles containing hospitality personal care products; imposes a monetary penalty for violation of such prohibition after notice, and a hearing or opportunity to be heard.

 

Senate Bill S5027: Carpet Stewardship (2021)

By Senator Kavanagh

  • Status:

    • 2/22/2021: Referred to the Environmental Conservation Committee

  • Establishes a carpet stewardship program; requires manufacturers to coordinate with wholesalers, retailers and installers to recycle old carpets; provides penalties for noncompliance.

 

Senate Bill S1185A: Packaging & Paper Products EPR (2021)

By Senators Kaminsky, Addabbo Jr., Brisport, Comrie, Hinchey, Gaughran, Gounardes, Harckham, Hoylman, Jackson, Kaplan, Krueger, Liu, May, Mayer, Myrie, Ramos, Reichlin-Melnick, Sepulveda, Serrano, and Thomas

  • Status:

    • 5/19/2021: Amended on third reading

  • Establishes the extended producer responsibility act requiring covered materials and product producers to develop and implement strategies to promote recycling, reuse and recovery of packaging and paper products.

 

Senate Bill S5447: Solar Panel Collection Act (2021)

By Senators O'Mara

  • Status:

    • 3/5/2021: Referred to Environmental Conservation

  • Enacts the "solar panel collection act" to require manufacturers of solar panels to collect such panels when they are taken out of use; requires educational outreach relating thereto; establishes collection goals therefor; requires reporting of collection efforts.

 

 

Oregon

SB 570: Mattress Recycling (2021)

​By Dembrow, Manning, Golden, Prozanski, Riley, Taylor, Leon, Fahey, Helm, Nosse, Wilde

  • Status:

    • 4/9/21: ​Referred to Ways and Means by order of the President.

  • Establishes product stewardship program for mattresses. Establishes product stewardship program for mattresses.

  • Establishes Mattress Stewardship Fund. Establishes mattress stewardship program advisory committee. Requires stewardship organizations to submit plans for mattress stewardship programs to Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

 

HB 2065: Relating to modernizing Oregon's recycling system (2021)
  • Status:

    • 1/19/21: ​Referred to Energy and Environment with subsequent referral to Ways and Means.

  • Requires producers of covered products to join producer responsibility organization unless exempt. Requires producer responsibility organization to submit program plan to Department of Environmental Quality. Requires producer responsibility organizations to reimburse local governments for certain expenses.

  • Establishes Oregon Recycling System Advisory Council.

  • Directs department to establish uniform statewide collection list.

  • Establishes Producer Responsibility Fund and Waste Prevention and Reuse Fund.

  • Prohibits sale in this state of products with deceptive or misleading claims about recyclability. 

 

HB 2344: Relating to labeling requirements for wipes (2021)

By Representatives Wilde, Reardon, Dembrow, Power, Leif, and Morgan

  • Status:

    • 5/25/2021: Second reading

  • Requires the phrase “Do Not Flush” displayed at a size that is equal to at least 2% of the surface area of the principal display panel and with a type size that is equal to or greater than.

 

HB 2365: Relating to single-use plastic food service ware (2021)

By Representative Dexter

  • Status:

    • 1/19/21: Referred to Energy and Environment

  • Prohibits food vendor from using single-use plastic food service ware when selling, serving or dispensing prepared food to consumer.

 

HB 2592: Relating to extended producer responsibility programs (2021)

By Representatives Sollman, Dexter, Schouten, Wilde

  • Status:

    • 1/19/21: ​Referred to Energy and Environment

  • Requires producers to form or join extended producer responsibility programs for packaging, food serviceware and printing and writing paper. 

  • Establishes Extended Producer Responsibility Fund.

  • Prohibits sale of products that make deceptive or misleading claims about recyclability. 

  • Requires extended producer responsibility organization to first implement program no later than July 1, 2025. Provides that labeling and facility permitting provisions become operative July 1, 2025. Applies to covered products sold on or after July 1, 2025. 

 

HB 3271: Carpet Stewardship (2021)

By Representative Wilde​

  • Status:

    • 3/2/21: ​Referred to Energy and Environment with subsequent referral to Ways and Means.

  • Establishes carpet stewardship program.

  • Established standards for carpet sold or distributed in this state.

  • Establishes carpet stewardship advisory committee.

  • Establishes Carpet Stewardship Fund.

 

 

Rhode Island

HB 5525: Photovoltaic Take-Back Act (2021)

By Representatives Kennedy, Azzinaro, Edwards, Casimiro, Filippi, and Chippendale

  • Status:

    • 3/11/2021: House Environment and Natural Resources Committee recommended measure be held for further study

  • This act would require that any manufacturer or installer of solar module systems in Rhode Island establish a program as set up by the department of environmental management, for the safe disposal of those systems.

 

 

Texas

SB 1276: Relating to public health improvement and pollution reduction through recycling incentives; assessing a fee (2021)

By Senator Taylor

  • Fact Sheet

  • Status:

    • Failed to pass

  • Texas Clean and Healthy Initiative

  • Rebate system on commonly littered, recyclable materials to provide non-tax funding for economic relief direct to the participating public, county and municipal governments for solid waste infrastructure development, system education, litter and illegal dumping enforcement, and emergency funds for disaster declarations.

 

 

Vermont

H. 142: Extended producer responsibility for packaging and paper products (2021)

By Representative Amy Sheldon

  • Status:

    • 1/27/2021: Read first time and referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife

  • Requires parties responsible for the production or distribution of packaging and paper products to implement or participate in a plan for the collection and management of recyclable packaging and paper products.

 

S. 227: Provision of personal care products by lodging establishments (2020)

By Senator Christopher Bray

  • Status:

    • 6/16/2020: First reading in the House and Rreferred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife

  • This bill proposes to prohibit the provision by lodging establishments of personal use products in small plastic bottles

 

 

Washington

HB 1212: Electronics Right to Repair (2021)

By Gregerson, Taylor, Peterson, Kloba, Johnson, J., Davis, Ortiz-Self, Ormsby, Simmons, Chase, Shewmake, Bergquist, Sells, Callan, Riccelli, Macri, Ramel, Paul, Frame, Harris-Talley

  • Status:

    • Failed to pass​

  • Promoting the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products to increase access to appropriate and affordable digital products, support small businesses and jobs, and enhance digital connectivity in Washington state.

 

 

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