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

 

AB 1894 (L. Rivas): Cannabis Vape Labeling for Proper Disposal Act (2022) - NSAC Sponsored
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By Assemblymembers Luz Rivas, Bennett, and Carrillo

 

AB 2208 (Kalra & Becker): 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 whenever recycled products are available at no more than 10% greater total cost than nonrecycled products. 

 

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 revise the definition of “eligible materials” to delete mineral wool board insulation and additionally include gypsum board, insulation, carpet and carpet tiles, and ceiling tiles. The bill would also require the department, by January 1, 2024, to establish and publish a maximum acceptable global warming potential for each category of eligible materials, set at the industry average of product-specific global warming potential emissions for those materials, expressed as specified.

 

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

  • Status:

    • 6/29: Passed out of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality with a 5-1 vote, with 1 vote not recorded. It will be heard next on the Senate Floor.

  • This bill would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2025, any person from manufacturing, 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. he bill would require a manufacturer of a textile article that contains regulated PFAS to provide persons that offer the product for sale or distribution in the state with a certificate of compliance stating that the textile article is in compliance with these provisions and does not contain any regulated PFAS.

 

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

  • Status:

  • Would require an e-commerce shipper, as defined, that ships purchased products in or into the state to reduce from its 2022 calendar year levels the total weight and number of units of single-use plastic shipping envelopes, cushioning, nd void fill it uses to ship or transport the products, by no less than unspecified percentages on or before January 1, 2030, and on or before January 1, 2035. 

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

 

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

  • Status:

  • Would require the Department of Toxic Substances Control to work with the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse to establish, on or before January 1, 2025, a publicly accessible reporting platform to collect information about PFAS and products or product components containing intentionally added PFAS, as defined, being sold, offered for sale, distributed, or offered for promotional purposes in, or imported into, the state.

  • Would require, on or before July 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, a manufacturer, as defined, of PFAS or a product or a product component containing intentionally added 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 intentionally added PFAS, and specified other information, on the publicly accessible reporting platform.

 

AB 2440 (Irwin): Responsible Battery Recycling Act of 2022 (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.

 

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

  • Status:

    • 6/22: Passed out of the Senate Health Committee on with a 8-1 vote, with 2 votes not recorded. It will be heard next on the Senate Floor

  • Would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2025, a person or entity from manufacturing, selling, delivering, holding, or offering for sale in commerce any cosmetic product that contains intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances PFAS, as defined. 

 

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 or imported by a food or beverage producer, as defined, 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): Beverage Containers (2021-2022) - Two-Year Bill
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By Senator Wieckowski

  • Status:

    • 6/27: Passed out of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources on with a 10-0 vote, with 1 vote not recorded. It will be heard next in the Assembly Appropriations Committee   

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SB 54 (Allen): Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act (2021-2022) - SIGNED INTO LAW 6/30/2022
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By Senators Allen, Becker, Stern, Wiener, Becker, Gonzalez, and Kamlager and and Assemblymembers  Muratsuchi, Friedman, Ting,  Boerner Horvath, Carrillo, and L. Rivas.

 

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

  • Status:

  •  Would authorize the department to issue a formal request for information from product manufacturers, as defined, and would require a product manufacturer to provide to the department data and information on the ingredients and use of a consumer product upon the department’s request within a specified timeframe, including, among other specified data and information, information on ingredient chemical identity, concentration, and functional us

  • 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 & Assemblymember Ting

  • Status:

    • 6/27: Passed out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on with a 10-0 vote, with 1 vote not recorded. Referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee with the recommendation to be added to the consent calendar. 

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

  • Senator Atkins Press Release, 5/25/2022

 

SB 1215 (Newman): Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (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:

    • 6/27: Passed out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on with a 9-1 vote, with 1 vote not recorded. It will be heard next in the Assembly Appropriations Committee   

  •  This bill would, among other things, expand the definition of “covered electronic device” to include a “covered battery-embedded product,” as defined, thereby expanding the scope of the act to include covered battery-embedded products, as provided. The bill would require a consumer, on and after January 1, 2026, to pay a covered electronic waste recycling fee of an undetermined amount upon the purchase of a new or refurbished covered battery-embedded product.

 

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 State Department of Education 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:

  • 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
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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.