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AB-2832 Recycling and reuse: lithium-ion batteries.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/16/2018 09:00 PM
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Revised  April 11, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2832


Introduced by Assembly Member Dahle
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Burke, Lackey, Mathis, Melendez, Quirk, and Rodriguez)

February 16, 2018


An act to add Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 42420) to Part 3 of Division 30 of the Public Resources Code, relating to recycling.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2832, as introduced, Dahle. Recycling and reuse: lithium-ion batteries.
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act of 2006 requires every retailer, as defined, to have in place a system for the acceptance and collection of used rechargeable batteries for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal. Existing law requires the system for the acceptance and collection of used rechargeable batteries to include, at a minimum, specified elements, including, among others, the take-back of a used rechargeable battery of the type or brand that the retailer sold or previously sold at no cost to the consumer. Existing law defines “rechargeable battery” for purposes of these provisions to mean a small, nonvehicular, rechargeable nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium-ion, or sealed lead-acid battery, or a battery pack containing these types of batteries.
This bill would require the Department of Toxic Substances Control to work collaboratively with specified state entities and stakeholders to identify approaches for the reuse or recycling of lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles when the batteries are no longer suitable for their intended purposes, and to submit a report to the Legislature, on or before July 1, 2020, based on their findings. The bill would require the Department of Toxic Substances Control to develop a grant program to fund the development of recycling and reuse opportunities for lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles when the batteries are no longer suitable for their intended purposes. The bill would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to develop a process for a consumer to properly dispose of a lithium-ion battery from an electric vehicle, at no cost to the consumer.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to do both or the following:
(a) Avoid the disposal in landfills of lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, as electric vehicles become a larger portion of the vehicle fleet, by identifying opportunities for the reuse and recycling of those lithium-ion batteries that are no longer suitable for their intended purposes.
(b) Provide consumers with an opportunity to properly dispose of lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, at no cost to consumers.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 42420) is added to Part 3 of Division 30 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
CHAPTER  7.5. Lithium-Ion Electric Vehicle Batteries

42420.
 For purposes of this chapter, “department” means the Department of Toxic Substances Control.

42420.2.
 The department shall work collaboratively with the State Air Resources Board, the Department or Resources Recycling and Recovery, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, the Bureau of Automotive Repair, and stakeholders to do both of the following:
(a) Identify approaches for the reuse or recycling of lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles when the batteries are no longer suitable for their intended purposes, in order to minimize the amount of potentially hazardous materials that enter the state’s waste disposal system.
(b) (1) On or before July 1, 2020, submit a report to the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, based on findings pursuant to subdivision (a).
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, the requirement for submitting a report imposed by this subdivision is inoperative on January 1, 2024.

42420.4.
 The department shall develop a grant program to fund the development of recycling and reuse opportunities for lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles when the batteries are no longer suitable for their intended purposes. Entities and persons eligible for a grant pursuant to this section shall include, but are not limited to, manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

42420.6.
 The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery shall develop a process for a consumer to properly dispose of a lithium-ion battery from an electric vehicle, at no cost to the consumer.

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