Some packaging bills bite the dust

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 5, 2009

Last week, a number of bills which could seriously restrict options for product packaging were eliminated as a threat for this year.  

AB 283 (Wes Chesbro, D-Eureka), Product Stewardship, failed to get off the Assembly Appropriations Suspense file.  This bill would have given the Integrated Waste Management Board unrestricted and unprecedented authority to mandate the type of packaging manufacturers could use to protect their products.

Also held on Suspense were AB 68 (Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica) and AB 87 (Mike Davis, D-Los Angeles).  Both bills would have placed a 25 cent fee on single-use carryout bags.

In addition, AB 1358 (Jerry Hill, D-So. San Francisco), a ban on polystyrene disposable food containers, was made into a two-year bill.
However, AB 1329 also by Brownley passed off the Assembly Floor by a narrow margin and is now in the Senate.  This bill would ban selling, distributing or importing PVC rigid container packaging as of January 1, 2013 and all PVC packaging as of January 1, 2014.  While the author initially maintained that PVC was "toxic packaging," her arguments later centered on its lack of recyclability.

AB 925 (Laurie Saldana, D-San Diego), a ban on unattached container caps on single-use beverage containers, was also passed to the Senate.

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