CalRecycle seeks input on packaging, plastic pollution rules

Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: June 26, 2023
News Release #2023-04
Media Contact: Melanie Turner
916-341-6763 | 

 June 28-29: Share expertise on packaging, what’s recyclable/compostable

SACRAMENTO — As California develops rules to ensure the state recycles most packaging and plastic food service waste, and decreases the amount produced, interested parties can give input on regulations for Senate Bill 54 (Allen, Chapter 75, Statutes of 2022).

“We need our industry partners to come forward to help make our system fully circular,” CalRecycle Director Rachel Machi Wagoner said. “A circular economy will make better use of finite resources, reduce climate-heating pollution and protect human health.”

Who – CalRecycle wants to hear from the public and other interested parties, such as:

  • The packaging industry, retailers and grocers
  • Local governments, recyclers, composters and haulers
  • Nonprofits, environmental justice organizations and community groups

What – Give input on SB 54 rules for single-use packaging and plastic food ware.

  • June 28 workshop topics:
    • Covered Material Category List
    • Recyclability / Compostability
  • June 29 workshop topics:
    • Independent producers, small producers/retailers/wholesalers
    • Local jurisdiction impacts
    • Economic impact assessment data

When – 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29.

Where – CalEPA, 1001 I St., Byron Sher Auditorium (2nd floor), Sacramento, CA 95814

Why – California is building a circular economy to address climate and plastic pollution.

Opportunities to provide input continue monthly through August. Future informal workshops are set for July 24-25 and Aug. 29-30.

SB 54 Home Page | SB 54 Fact Sheet | SB 54 Listserv

SB 54 requires:

25% of Plastic Packaging Cut by 2032. 65% of Single-Use Packaging Recycled by 2032. 100% Packaging in California Recyclable by 2032.

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