CalRecycle begins plastic packaging rulemaking

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 25, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is beginning the formal process for Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Regulations Rulemaking.

Current regulations require that a manufacturer use 25 percent recycled material in their product or have reduced resin by 10 percent.  New language reflects revisions that were directed by the Permitting and Compliance Committee of the California Integrated Waste Management Board and the Acting Director of CalRecycle. The more substantive revisions were directed by the Permitting and Compliance Committee during their November 5, 2007, meeting.

These changes include eliminating source reduction through resin switching as a compliance option and clarifying that an alternative container compliance method is available only to entities contracting with companies under the same corporate ownership.

What constitutes a rigid container has been unclear.  The  new rules would define all containers as rigid unless it is plastic wrap.  This may include all flex containers, like caulking tubes, etc.

The 45-day written public comment period for this rulemaking ends at 5:00 p.m. on March 28th. The public hearing will be held on April 8th at 10:00 a.m. in Sacramento.

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