Legislation: California

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
October, 2007

AB 1109, the California Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Act, was signed into law as Chapter 534 (PDF file, 86KB), on October 12, 2007. The law required the Department of Toxic Substances Control and the California Integrated Waste Management Board to make policy recommendations for designing a statewide collection program for...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
October, 2007

SB 966 was signed into law in October 2007 as Chapter 542, Statutes of 2007. This bill begins the process of establishing a state-wide solution for the growing problem of improper disposal of unused and expired pharmaceutical drugs by creating model disposal programs and requiring the California Integrated Waste Management...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
October, 2007

The California Toxic Toys Bill (AB 1108) was signed into law on October 14, 2007 as Chaptered 672 (PDF file, 74KB). The law will ban six types of phthalates from children's toys sold in California starting on January 1, 2009. The law would also require manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative when replacing phthalates...

Status:
Proposed
Type:
Other
Date:
April, 2007

The California Green Chemistry Initiative was launched in April 2007 by California's Secretary for Environmental Protection. The Secretary requested that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) lead a broad public process to generate ideas that could fill information and safety gaps about chemicals, develop overall policy goals, and identify and recommend policy options. The Initiative is divided into two phases. During Phase One, from April to...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Other
Date:
February, 2007

Strategic Directive 5, adopted by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) on February 13, 2007, outlines the Board's commitment to producer responsibility. The directive states that it is a core value of the CIWMB that producers assume the responsibility for the safe stewardship of their materials in order to promote environmental sustainability.

The CIWMB developed five subdirective areas: 1) utilize existing Board authority to implement cradle-to-cradle producer...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
July, 2006

Chapter 891 (AB 2901), also known as the Cell Phone Recycling Act of 2004, went into effect on July 1, 2006. The law requires manufacturers and California retailers and service providers to share in the responsibility for the collection and recycling of cell phones within the state. Companies without a take-back program can work with current business enterprises that provide collection and processing services as long as...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
October, 2005

California passed in 2005 AB 1125 (the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act of 2006), which banned all household batteries from solid waste landfill disposal and requried retailers to take back rechargeable batteries for recycling at no cost to consumers. The Department of Toxic...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
September, 2003

Chapter 526 (PDF file, 58KB), the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (SB 20) and the nation's first comprehensive electronics recycling policy, was signed into law on Sept 24, 2003. However, due to difficulties in establishing an efficient fee collection and remittal system for the Electronic Waste Recycling Fee, the Legislature passed AB 901 as an urgency measure, and the Governor signed the bill into law. AB 901 postponed the start date of the fee collection...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law

California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, states that the State of California must maintain a list of toxic materials that can cause cancer, birth defects, or cause reproductive harm. Companies selling products in California containing one of these chemicals must place the Prop 65 warning on the product’s label that the product contains one of the Prop 65 chemicals. The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) administers the program and has...

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