Update on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Legislation: AB 45 & AB 1159

June 9, 2015

AB 45 and AB 1159 are related to the collection of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and were not submitted for a vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This lack of action makes these bills ineligible to be further considered until 2016. AB 45 Mullin (D – South San Francisco) creates an “at your door” service for HHW. AB 1159 Gordon (D – Menlo Park) specifically creates Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) takeback programs for batteries and sharps disposal.

The day prior to the hearing, PhRMA, AdvaMed, BIO and CHPA submitted a joint letter to Assemblymember Mullin committing $5 million over five-years that would support grants to local governments for consumer education. The grants would be distributed through a non-profit with all affected industries contributing.  While this was not able to sway the decision on allowing AB 45 to be further considered, Assemblymember Mullin is committed to continuing the discussion on the “at your door” service and is exploring opportunities to move that discussion forward this year.  CLSA remains actively involved in these conversations seeking reasonable solutions on these important bills.