Carryout packaging bills

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 9, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Two carryout packaging bills have been introduced this year to change the manner in which products are carried away from retail establishments.

Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) is the author of AB 1998 to repeal the requirement for in-store plastic bag recycling as of January 1, 2012, but instead would prohibit stores from providing them to customers as of the same date.  The bill would also require Cal Recycle, starting January 1, 2015,to submit to the Legislature a report regarding the effectiveness of the bill’s provisions and recommendations to further encourage the use of reusable bags.  This legislation would apply to both paper and plastic bags.  The bill is co-authored by 14 additional legislators and scheduled to be heard in Assembly Natural Resources on Monday, April 12.

AB 2138 (Wes Chesbro, D-Eureka) has been dubbed the Plastic Ocean Pollution Reduction, Recycling, and Composting Act. It would prohibit a food provider by July 1, 2013 from distributing disposable food service packaging or single-use carryout bags to consumers unless the bag or packaging is recovered for composting or recycling at a rate of 25% or more.  Since recyclers do not want to handle packaging that has come in contact with food and since composting facilities are becoming fewer and fewer, returnable containers would have to be utilized.

CMTA opposes both bills.

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