On October 5, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 962 by Sen. Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), related to reusable containers. Section One of the bill adds Section 14525.1 to the Public Resources Code to add a definition of “reusable beverage container” to mean a glass beverage container with a refund value that is also processed by a processor for subsequent washing to refill and sale by a beverage manufacturer.
Section Two of the bill amends Public Resources Code Section 14539 to provide that a processor may be authorized by the department to satisfy the cancellation requirements of this section by washing a reusable beverage container or transferring a reusable beverage container for subsequent washing to a processor approved by the department.
In addition, the department may certify additional models of processors that are determined necessary to implement the law and who may be subject to requirements and standards that differ from those set forth in this new section of law. Moreover, the department’s director is required to adopt by regulation the requirements and standards for the certification and operation of those processors no later than January 1, 2024. These regulations must include, at a minimum, the approval requirements, approval processes, standards of operations, and oversight of those models of processors.
Section Three of the bill adds Section 14576 to the Public Resources Code to state the intent of the Legislature that all of this law’s provisions are to be interpreted to encourage and support the reuse, as well as the recycling, of empty beverage containers. Moreover, the processing payment for a reusable beverage container must be the same amount paid for other glass beverage containers.
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