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AB-1067 Beverage containers.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 01/12/2022 09:00 PM

Amended  IN  Assembly  January 12, 2022
Amended  IN  Assembly  January 03, 2022
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 20, 2021


Assembly Bill
No. 1067

Introduced by Assembly Member Ting

February 18, 2021

An act to add and repeal Section 14542 of the Public Resources Code, relating to beverage containers.


AB 1067, as amended, Ting. Beverage containers.
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, which is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, is established to promote beverage container recycling, and provides for the payment, collection, and distribution of certain payments and fees based on minimum refund values established for beverage containers. The act requires the department to annually designate convenience zones statewide and requires at least one certified recycling center or location within every convenience zone, as defined, that accepts all types of empty beverage containers and pays the refund value, if any, at one location.
The act requires dealers within a convenience zone where no recycling location has been established, or within a convenience zone that is unserved for 60 days and not exempt from convenience zone requirements, to alternatively (1) submit an affidavit to the department stating that the dealer has met specified standards for empty beverage container redemption or (2) pay $100 per day to the department, for deposit into the continuously appropriated California Beverage Container Recycling Fund, until a recycling location is established or until the dealer meets the standards for redemption specified in the affidavit provisions.
This bill 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. The bill would require the department to submit to the Legislature a report regarding the study by July 1, 2023.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


 Section 14542 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

 (a) By July 1, 2023, the department shall conduct, and submit a report to the Legislature regarding, a study on dealers’ compliance with Section 14571.6 to determine whether the amount of the fee set forth in subdivision (b) of Section 14571.6 provides sufficient inducement for a dealer to comply with subdivision (a) of Section 14571.6. The report shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Information on how many dealers are in compliance with subdivision (a) of Section 14571.6, how many dealers have paid the fee specified in subdivision (b) of Section 14571.6 in lieu of compliance with subdivision (a) of that section, and how many dealers have been out of compliance with Section 14571.6 and the enforcement actions taken against those dealers.
(2) Recommendations on whether the imposition of a fee amount on a dealer in lieu of compliance with subdivision (a) of Section 14571.6 that is based on the dealer’s volumetric sale sales of beverage containers would encourage dealers to comply with that provision in lieu of the fee payment. provision.
(b) The report required pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section becomes inoperative on July 1, 2027, and is repealed on January 1, 2028.