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AB-881 Plastic waste: diversion: recycling: export.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 03/16/2021 09:00 PM
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Revised  March 25, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 16, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 881


Introduced by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Members Lorena Gonzalez, Friedman, and Cristina Garcia
(Principal coauthor: Senator Allen)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Carrillo, Stone, Ting, and McCarty)
(Coauthor: Senator Wiener)

February 17, 2021


An act to add Section 41781.4 to the Public Resources Code, relating to solid waste.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 881, as amended, Lorena Gonzalez. Plastic waste: diversion: recycling: export.
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, which is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, requires each city, county, and joint powers authority formed under the act, referred to as a regional agency, to develop a source reduction and recycling element of an integrated waste management plan. The act requires the source reduction and recycling element to divert from disposal 50% of all solid waste subject to the element through source reduction, recycling, and composting activities, with specified exceptions.
This bill would require make the export out of the country of a mixture of plastic waste to not constitute diversion through recycling and to be considered disposal wastes “disposal” for purposes of the act. The bill would exempt from that requirement plastic waste export, and would require plastic waste export to constitute diversion through recycling and to not be considered disposal for purposes of the act, if the plastic waste export is a mixture of specified plastic wastes act, unless the mixture includes only certain plastics destined for separate recycling and complies with all applicable laws and treaties of the country of destination. satisfies other specified requirements, in which case that export would constitute diversion through recycling. These provisions would not apply to exports to Canada or Mexico pursuant to a trade agreement, as specified. To the extent the bill would require local agencies to revise the source reduction and recycling elements of their integrated waste management plans, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 41781.4 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

41781.4.
 (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), the export of a mixture of plastic waste wastes shall not constitute diversion through recycling and shall be considered disposal for purposes of this division.
(b) Plastic waste export that is a mixture of plastic wastes shall constitute diversion through recycling and shall not be considered disposal for purposes of this division if it meets both of the following criteria:
(1) The plastic waste export is a mixture of plastic wastes consisting of polyethylene, polypropylene, or polyethylene terephthalate and the export is destined for separate recycling of each material.
(2) The plastic waste export is not prohibited by an applicable law or treaty of the country of destination and the import of the plastic waste into the country of destination will be conducted in accordance with all applicable laws and treaties of the country of destination.
(c) For purposes of this section, “export” means export out of the country. country and does not include export to Canada or Mexico pursuant to a trade agreement in existence as of January 1, 2022.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
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REVISIONS:
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