Increasing Packaging Recycling

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 16, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has scheduled a workshop on November 13th in the Coastal Hearing Room at the CalEPA building in Sacramento from 9AM to 3PM on the topic of Packaging.  A copy of the tentative agenda can be found here.

In preparation for the workshop, CalRecycle released a background paper this past Monday entitled:  “Increasing Collection and Recovery of Packaging in California."

This background paper is intended to present, for the stakeholder, potential policy approaches to increase the collection and recovery of packaging (all packaging) in California’s disposal stream. This document is intended to assist in meeting the goals of AB 341 that established a 75 percent recycling goal by 2020.  It provides an overview of CalRecycle’s drivers for addressing packaging approaches implemented elsewhere, an analysis to identify priority packaging products, and potential policy approaches in order of CalRecycle’s preference. The background paper also presents a proposed definition and scope to help frame the discussion on policy approaches.

Since virtually all consumer products incorporate some type of packaging, we encourage you to at least skim this 29 page document.  Howard Levenson, Deputy Director for CalRecycle, will also be presenting at our Environmental Conference in San Diego on October 28th, so if you are attending it is a helpful document to prepare your questions for him. 

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