California’s new plastics law potential watershed in USA

Posted on July 8, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations


The state Legislature on June 30 adopted what is the toughest U.S. plastics law so far. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed it into law the same day. It requires plastics and other kinds of single-use packaging to have a 65 percent recycling rate by 2032, and it puts in place an extended producer responsibility system to have companies fund recycling improvements.

California joins a small group — Maine, Oregon and Colorado — in passing EPR laws for packaging. It’s likely more will follow.

But the Golden State, no surprise, wants to go a few steps farther than others. Its plan requires companies to pay $500 million a year for 10 years into a pollution mitigation fund.

And it sets up targets for reducing single-use plastics packaging by 25 percent, by item count, by 2032, with some requirements for absolute reductions and not switching to other materials.