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AB-2284 Recycling: household batteries pilot projects.(2013-2014)

As Amends the Law Today


 Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 42445) is added to Chapter 8 of Part 3 of Division 30 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

Article  1.5. Battery Recycling Pilot Projects
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) In early 2006, most household batteries were classified by the state as universal waste and are now prohibited from being disposed of in solid waste landfills. Under state law, “household batteries” are defined as including batteries made of mercury, alkaline, carbon-zinc, and nickel-cadmium, and other batteries typically generated as household waste, including, but not limited to, batteries used in hearing aids, cameras, watches, computers, calculators, flashlights, lanterns, standby and emergency lighting, portable radios, television sets, meters, toys, and clocks. Household batteries do not include lead-acid batteries, batteries that are sold in a “covered electronic device,” as defined in Section 42463, and batteries that are not easily removable or are not intended or designed to be removed from the products, other than by the manufacturer.
(b) Approximately 80 percent of batteries sold in this state are primary batteries, including household batteries such as alkaline batteries, and these primary batteries are not covered under existing retail take-back requirements.
(c) In spite of laws prohibiting landfill disposal of household batteries, much of this waste sill ends up in landfills, where it poses substantial environmental risks.
 For purposes of this article “battery” has the same meaning as “household battery,” as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 42450.
 The department shall develop and fund up to three local battery recycling pilot projects. Each pilot project shall provide data to the department regarding the implementation and outcomes of the pilot project, with consideration of how the projects impact the diversion of batteries from the wastes that end up in landfills.
 On or before six months after the department determines the local battery recycling pilot projects are complete, the department shall review and compile the information collected from the pilot projects and shall make the information available to local governments and local enforcement agencies for assistance in planning future diversion activities.
 The department shall use the results of the pilot projects to develop informational guidelines to assist local governments that elect to include battery recycling as part of their solid waste diversion programs.
SEC. 2.
 The sum of one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) is hereby appropriated from the fees collected pursuant to Section 48000 that are in the Integrated Waste Management Account to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to develop and fund battery recycling pilot projects pursuant to Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 42445) of Chapter 8 of Part 3 of Division 30 of the Public Resources Code.