CalRecycle seeks input on plastic-pollution reduction rules

Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: July 24, 2023
News Release #2023-05
Media Contact: Melanie Turner
916-341-6763 | 

July 24-25: Share expertise on recycling, reuse/refill, enforcement and more

SACRAMENTO — CalRecycle wants industry partners, the public and all interested parties to give input as it writes the regulations for California’s Plastic Pollution Prevention and Producer Responsibility Act, SB 54 (Allen, Chapter 75, Statutes of 2022). The law requires that by 2032 most plastic packaging and plastic food ware is recycled, and that producers make 25% less of these single-use materials.

Your next opportunity to weigh in prior to CalRecycle drafting the regulations is at 10 a.m. today and Tuesday. Topics to be presented over the two days range from the recycling rate and enforcement to the producer responsibility plan for how California will meet SB 54’s goals to an update on the needs assessment with information critical to achieve the goals.

Who – CalRecycle asks 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 plastic packaging and plastic food ware.

  • July 24 workshop topics:
    • Recycling rate
    • Compostable items
    • Reusable/refillable definition
    • Producer definition
    • Producer Responsibility Plan
    • Data reporting
  • July 25 workshop topics:
    • Needs assessment update
    • Ecomodulation
    • Advisory board
    • Enforcement

When – 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday, July 24, and Tuesday, July 25

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

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

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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