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    Posted: March 6, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
    AB 215 (Chesbro D)   Solid waste recycling.    
       
      Summary: The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 requires that a rigid plastic packaging container be source reduced. This bill would revise the definitions of the various terms used in the those requirements, including revising the definition of the term “source reduced” to impose new requirements, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program by changing the definition of a crime. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
    AB 221 (Quirk-Silva D)   Recycled concrete.    
       
      Summary: Existing law authorizes the use of recycled concrete materials, if the user has been fully informed, as defined, that the concrete may contain recycled concrete material and prohibits recycled concrete from being offered, provided, or sold to the Department of Transportation or the Department of General Services for any use unless specifically requested and approved by that department. This bill would revise the definition of concrete for purposes of these provisions to additionally include, as one of those specifications, the California Green Building Standards Code.

     

    AB 323 (Chesbro D)   Solid waste: recycling: diversion: green materials.    
       
      Summary: Would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to adopt regulations to provide that, no later than January 1, 2020, the use of green material as alternative daily cover or alternative intermediate cover does not constitute diversion through recycling and would be considered disposal for purposes of the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989. The bill would authorize the department to delay the effective date of this requirement, as specified. The bill would impose a state-mandated local program by imposing new duties upon local agencies with regard to the diversion of solid waste. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

     

    AB 341 (Dickinson D)   Green building standards.    
       
      Summary: Would require the California Building Standards Commission to solicit recommendations for code updates relating to green building standards from state agencies with the authority and expertise to propose green building standards applicable to a particular occupancy. The bill would require these agencies to submit recommended code updates for the next 2 California Building Standards Code adoptions and to indicate whether the recommended code updates are intended to be voluntary or mandatory green building standards. The bill would require the commission to compile the recommendations by adoption cycle and by whether the recommendations are for voluntary or mandatory green building standards.


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