Shaina Brown

AB 319 moves to assembly for floor vote

By Shaina Brown

Capitol Update, Jan. 12, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Last Tuesday, Jan. 9th, AB 319 (Mark Stone, D-Santa Cruz) passed out of the Assembly Natural Resource Committee on a party-line vote. The bill would require that all single-use plastic beverage containers use a cap or lid that is contiguously affixed or tethered to the beverage container by 2020.

CMTA opposes AB 319. Our opposition is rooted in the fact that the technology for a tethered cap does not exist for certain drink types like carbonated or hot beverages. Furthermore, given that no prototype for a viable technology has been developed, we aren’t able to guess when these types of tops might be ready for production and application. The proponents have demonstrated the use of tethered caps that have been applied to some beverage containers for sport drinks and water, but these contents do not have the same properties as soda or hot beverages.

Given that CalRecycle reports that 87 percent of plastic beverage containers are returned with the cap on, and that these plastic tethered caps can still be removed, it’s not clear that there will be a real reduction in plastic waste, the purpose of the bill.

Ultimately, this is a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn’t account for a real gap in technology that needs to be considered, given the variation of beverages that are sold in plastic bottles.

We expect a vote on the Assembly floor early this week and will provide additional updates as available. 

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