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AB-158 Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.(2013-2014)



SECTION 1.

 Chapter 5.3 (commencing with Section 42280) is added to Part 3 of Division 30 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

CHAPTER  5.3. Single-use Carryout Bags
Article  1. Definitions
42280.
 For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) “Department” means the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.
(b) “Postconsumer recycled material” means a material that would otherwise be destined for solid waste disposal, having completed its intended end use and product life cycle. Postconsumer recycled material does not include materials and byproducts generated from, and commonly reused within, an original manufacturing and fabrication process.
(c) “Recycled paper bag” means a paper carryout bag provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale that meets all of the following requirements:
(1) (A) Contains a minimum of 40 percent postconsumer recycled materials, except as provided in subparagraph (B).
(B) An eight pound or smaller recycled paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20 percent postconsumer recycled material.
(2) Is accepted for recycling in curbside programs in a majority of households that have access to curbside recycling programs in the state.
(3) Has printed on the bag the name of the manufacturer, the location (country) where the bag was manufactured, and the minimum percentage of postconsumer content.
(d) (1) “Reusable grocery bag” on or before June 30, 2016, means either of the following:
(A) A bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles.
(B) A durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 mils thick and specifically designed for multiple reuses.
(2) “Reusable grocery bag” on and after July 1, 2016, means a bag that meets the requirements of Section 42287.
(e) “Reusable grocery bag producer” means a person or entity that does any of the following:
(1) Manufactures reusable grocery bags for sale or distribution to a store.
(2) Imports reusable grocery bags into this state, for sale or distribution to a store.
(3) Sells or distributes reusable bags to a store.
(f) (1) “Single-use carryout bag” means a bag made of plastic, paper, or other material, that is provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale and that is not a recycled paper bag or a reusable grocery bag that meets the requirements of subdivision (b) of Section 42287.
(2) A single-use carryout bag does not include either of the following:
(A) A bag provided by a pharmacy pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 4000) of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code to a customer purchasing a prescription medication.
(B) A nonhandled bag used to protect a purchased item from damaging or contaminating other purchased items when placed in a recycled paper bag or reusable grocery bag.
(g) “Store” means a retail establishment that meets any of the following requirements:
(1) A full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, and that sells a line of dry grocery items, canned goods, or nonfood items, and some perishable items.
(2) Has at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that generates sales or use tax pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1.5 (commencing with Section 7200) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code) and has a pharmacy licensed pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 4000) of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code.
(3) Is a convenience food store, foodmart, or other entity that is engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods, generally including milk, bread, soda, and snack foods, and that holds a Type 20 or Type 21 license issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Article  2. Carryout Bags
42281.
 (a) (1) On or before June 30, 2016, the requirements of this section shall apply only to a store that is defined in paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (g) of Section 42280.
(2) On and after July 1, 2016, the requirements of this section shall apply to a store, as defined in subdivision (g) of Section 42280.
(b) (1) On and after January 1, 2015, a store shall not provide a single-use carryout bag to a customer at the point of sale, except as provided in this section.
(2) On January 1, 2015, until June 30, 2016, a store may provide to a customer a reusable grocery bag, as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section 42280.
(3) On and after July 1, 2016, a store shall only provide to a customer at the point of sale a reusable grocery bag, as defined in paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 42280, that meets the requirements of Section 42287.
(c) A store shall make reusable grocery bags available for purchase by a customer.
(d) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), a store may make available for purchase at the point of sale a recycled paper bag.
(e) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), a store may make available for purchase at the point of sale a compostable bag that, at a minimum, meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics D6400 if in the jurisdiction where the compostable bag is sold both of the following requirements are met:
(1) A majority of the residential households in the jurisdiction have access to curbside collection of food waste for composting.
(2) The governing authority for the jurisdiction has voted to allow stores in the jurisdiction to sell to a consumer at the point of sale a compostable bag at a cost not less than the actual cost of the bag.
(f) Notwithstanding any other law, on and after January 1, 2015, a store shall provide a customer participating in the California Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 123275) of Chapter 1 of Part 2 of Division 106 of the Health and Safety Code and a customer participating in the Supplemental Food Program pursuant to Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 15500) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, with a reusable grocery bag or a recycled paper bag at no cost at the point of sale.
Article  3. Reusable Grocery Bags
42287.
 (a) On and after July 1, 2016, a reusable grocery bag sold or provided to a store by a reusable grocery bag producer for purposes of this chapter shall meet all of the following requirements:
(1) (A) Be designed and manufactured to withstand, at a minimum, 125 uses.
(B) For purposes of this paragraph, “125 uses” means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet.
(2) Is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected.
(3) Has printed on the bag, or on a tag attached to the bag that is not intended to be removed, and in a manner visible to the consumer the following information:
(A) The name of the manufacturer.
(B) The location (country) where the bag was manufactured.
(C) The appropriate recycling symbol or end-of-life management instructions.
(D) The percentage of postconsumer recycled material, if any.
(4) Does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. This requirement shall not affect any authority of the Department of Toxic Substances Control pursuant to Article 14 (commencing with Section 25251) of Chapter 6.5 of Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code and, notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 25257.1 of the Health and Safety Code, the reusable grocery bag shall not be considered as a product category already regulated or subject to regulation.
(5) If the reusable grocery bag producer makes a claim that it is recyclable, the producer shall comply with the requirements of Part 260 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations relating to environmental marketing claims.
(b) In addition to the requirements in subdivision (a), a reusable grocery bag made from plastic shall meet both of the following requirements:
(1) On and after July 1, 2017, be made from a minimum of 20 percent postconsumer recycled material, except as provided in subdivision (c).
(2) In addition to the information required to be printed on the bag or on a tag, pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (a), all of the following information shall be printed on the bag, or on a tag that complies with that paragraph:
(A) A statement that the bag is a reusable bag and designed for at least 125 uses.
(B) Instructions to return the bag to the store for recycling or to another appropriate recycling location.
(c) (1) If, after making a reasonable effort to identify postconsumer recycled material, a plastic reusable grocery bag producer is unable to obtain sufficient amounts of postconsumer recycled material to comply with this article because of unavailability, upon the request of the department, the producer shall demonstrate to the department the actions taken by that plastic reusable grocery bag producer to find that postconsumer recycled material.
(2) A plastic reusable grocery bag producer subject to paragraph (1) shall include the greatest amount of postconsumer recycled material possible in the reusable grocery bag, even if this amount is less than required by paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) and shall indicate the percentage that is postconsumer recycled material.
42288.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2016, and on January 1 every two years thereafter, in a manner determined by the department, a reusable grocery bag producer shall provide to the department a certification, as conducted by a third-party certifier approved by the department, for each type of reusable grocery bag that is manufactured, imported, sold, or distributed in the state and that is provided by the grocery bag producer to a store for sale or distribution. The certification shall certify that the bag meets the requirements of Section 42287.
(b) The department shall enable certification to be submitted online.
(c) On and after July 1, 2016, the department shall publish a list on its Internet Web site that includes both of the following:
(1) The name, location, and appropriate contact information of each reusable grocery bag producer that is in compliance with this article.
(2) The reusable grocery bags that are in compliance with this article.
(d) A reusable grocery bag producer shall submit a fee, as established pursuant to subdivision (e), to the department to cover the costs of being listed. The fee may be submitted by the third-party certifier on behalf of the reusable grocery bag producer.
(e) The department shall establish a certification fee schedule that will generate fee revenues sufficient to cover, but not to exceed, all of the department’s costs to enforce this article.
42288.5.
 (a) The department may inspect and audit a reusable grocery bag producer subject to this article, with all costs associated with the inspection or audit being paid for by the reusable grocery bag producer.
(b) The department may test any reusable grocery bag manufactured by a reusable grocery bag producer and provided to a store for sale or distribution for compliance with this article and the regulations adopted pursuant to this article. All costs associated with the test shall be paid for by the reusable grocery bag producer.
(c) The department may enter into an agreement with other state entities that conduct inspections to provide necessary enforcement of this article.
(d) Notwithstanding Section 42289.5, a violation of this article by a reusable grocery bag producer shall be subject to an administrative civil penalty assessed by the department in an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) for the first violation. A subsequent violation may be subject to an increased penalty of up to five hundred dollars ($500) per violation, not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) per violation.
(e) The department shall deposit all penalties paid pursuant to this article into the Reusable Bag Account, which is hereby created in the Integrated Waste Management Fund in the State Treasury. The moneys deposited in the Reusable Bag Account shall be expended by the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to assist the department with its costs of implementing this article.
Article  4. Enforcement
42289.5.
 (a) A city, a county, a city and county, or the state may impose civil liability in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500) for the first violation of this chapter, one thousand dollars ($1,000) for the second violation, and two thousand dollars ($2,000) for the third and subsequent violations.
(b) Any civil penalties collected pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be paid to the office of the city attorney, city prosecutor, district attorney, or Attorney General, whichever office brought the action. The penalties collected pursuant to this section by the Attorney General may be expended by the Attorney General, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to enforce this chapter.
(c) Subdivisions (a) and (b) shall not apply to a violation of Article 3 (commencing with Section 42287).
(d) This chapter shall not be exclusive and shall not limit the ability of a city, county, city and county, or the state to pursue enforcement pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 17200) of Part 2 of Division 7 of the Business and Professions Code.
Article  5. Preemption
42289.7.
 (a) A city, county, or other local public agency shall not enforce or otherwise implement against a store an ordinance, resolution, regulation, or rule adopted on or after January 1, 2014, relating to reusable grocery bags, single-use carryout bags, or recycled paper bags.
(b) A city, county, or other local public agency that has adopted, prior to January 1, 2014, an ordinance, resolution, regulation, or rule relating to reusable grocery bags, single-use carryout bags, or recycled paper bags may continue to enforce or otherwise implement that ordinance, resolution, regulation, or rule that was in effect before that date. However, any amendment to that ordinance, resolution, regulation, or rule on or after January 1, 2014, shall be subject to subdivision (a).