California’s 2022 legislative session came to a close in August, resulting in several recycling laws passing the state House and Senate including a battery embedded bill and the Responsible Battery Recycling Act of 2022.
Introduced by Senator Josh Newman, S.B. 1215 would expand the Electric Waste Recycling Act of 2003 program to recover new and refurbished products with non-removable batteries by adding battery-embedded products to the program. S.B. 1215 would also establish an advanced disposal fee that consumers would pay starting in 2026. In collaboration with the Department of Toxic Substance Control, Call2Recycle could establish electronic waste recycling fees for covered battery embedded products based on product categories, with the charge of the fees to be adjusted annually depending on the California Consumer Price Index.
A.B. 2440 was introduced by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin. The Responsible Battery Recycling Act of 2022 would establish a manufacturer-run stewardship program for alkaline and rechargeable batteries, as well as require all retail chains that sell batteries to provide free collection for consumers.
Several recycling bills were passed as well including S.B. 1013, expanding California’s bottle bill to add a deposit to wine bottles and distilled spirit containers, a thermoform bill introduced by Assemblymembers Philip Ting and Jacqui Irwin, A.B. 2784, and S.B. 1046, which would ban plastic product bags and no longer allow green/brown tinting for non compostable bags.
The bills now await California Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature.