By CMTA Staff
There is currently a growing emphasis on eliminating anything going into our landfills from carpet and medicine to paper, plastic and more. At the same time, there is an increased focus on chemicals in manufactured products, the types of containers that hold our products, and their associated recyclability.
Several bills under consideration this year would increase the cost to manufacturers to account for waste diversion programs that include increasing recycling rates. In fact, California already has a broad goal to reach a 75 percent recycling rate by 2020 and CMTA is working to ensure that industry has a seat at the table in the development of legislation that impacts manufacturers.
On the regulatory front, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, also known as CalRecycle, is aggressively pursuing regulations on product packaging, including the possibility of implementing a program called “Extended Producer Responsibility” that requires manufacturers to take back packaging material or fund a recycling program that will keep the material out of landfills.
CalRecycle is hosting a Packaging Reform Workshop on Wednesday, March 22 in Sacramento from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Click here to view the agenda. The meeting will also be available on webcast.
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