BILL NUMBER: AB 45	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Mullin

                        DECEMBER 1, 2014

   An act relating to hazardous waste.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 45, as introduced, Mullin. Household hazardous waste.
   Existing law authorizes public agencies to operate curbside
household hazardous waste collection facilities, door-to-door
household hazardous waste collection programs, and household
hazardous waste residential pickup services, and specifies conditions
for the transportation of household hazardous waste.
   This bill would express the Legislature's intent to enact
legislation that would establish curbside household hazardous waste
collection programs, door-to-door household hazardous waste
collection programs, and household hazardous waste residential pickup
services as the principal means of collecting household hazardous
waste and diverting it from California's landfills and waterways.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
   (1) Household hazardous waste is creating environmental, health,
and workplace safety issues. Whether due to unused pharmaceuticals,
batteries, medical devices, or other disposable consumer items,
effective and efficient disposal remains an extraordinary challenge.
   (2) State and local efforts to address disposal of these items
have been well intended, but ultimately these piecemeal and truncated
approaches have not proved effective. These approaches fragment the
collection of household hazardous waste and move collection away from
the closest and most practical point of disposal: the consumer's
residence.
   (3) A number of cities in California are already using curbside
household hazardous waste collection programs, door-to-door household
hazardous waste collection programs, and household hazardous waste
residential pickup services as mechanisms for collecting and
disposing of many commonly used household items for which disposal
has been the subject of state legislation or local ordinances. The
waste disposal companies and local governments that have implemented
these programs and services have found them to be successful and
inexpensive.
   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that
would establish curbside household hazardous waste collection
programs, door-to-door household hazardous waste collection programs,
and household hazardous waste residential pickup services as the
principal means of collecting household hazardous waste and diverting
it from California's landfills and waterways.