California plans to remove single use plastics

California plans to remove single use plastics

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There had been heavy pressure on lawmakers of California to address the recycling crisis. Three plastic legislation including phasing out plastic products that aren’t recyclable is been close to landing on the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom but many plastic companies are trying to weaken this proposal.

“We’re taking a hard look at ourselves,” said Ting, the author of AB 792. “We have to take more drastic action. We need to not be a disposable society, but a recyclable society.” The decision of China not to accept certain containers that have been in the bin for years has irritated various markets. The decision to phase out non-recyclable plastic contained in AB1080 and SB 54 is to limit the production of virgin plastics. Authors of the bill are holding discussions with plastic manufacturers to implement it effectively.

“We have been working really hard, and engaging in robust discussions all summer long, and really trying to do everything we can to incorporate their concerns while making sure we stay true to the core goal of the bill,” said Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), who introduced SB 54. Various companies such as the California Grocers Assn have come out in support of AB 1080 and SB 54.

Few industry lobbyists have raised the problem of implementing these into a collapsed recycling market at the same time keeping products accessible and affordable for customers. “I think we’re on the same page with what these bills are trying to accomplish,” said Tim Shestek, senior director of state affairs for the American Chemistry Council. “I think where there is an issue is the mechanics — how are we going to get there?”

There had been various negotiations, lawmakers and association representatives finally agreed for some flexibility for food containers and help to jump-start the needed recycling base. “Manufacturers said it was near impossible to have 100% [recycled] content,” said Ting, the author of AB 792. “Because for plastic bottles [of certain colors] there is no way to make them 100% recyclable, so we moved down to 75%.”