New SB 54 Informational Session: Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act

Overview of producer responsibility organization and application process

Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: Oct. 11, 2023
News Release # 2023-08
Media Contact: Melanie Turner
916-341-6763 |


SACRAMENTO — California made industry responsible for cutting single-use plastic and packaging pollution under its Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act. SB 54 (Allen, Chapter 75, Statutes of 2022) requires a producer responsibility organization (PRO) to lead an industry-run waste reduction and recycling program, with state oversight.

CalRecycle will host an information session for all interested parties — including organizations that want to apply to be the Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO).

What – CalRecycle overview of the PRO and application process – opportunity for Q&A

Who – CalRecycle invites all interested parties to the informational session, including:

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

When – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12

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

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

  • SB 54 requires by 2032 a PRO to implement industry reforms to:

Cut By 25% single-use plastic:

  • Packaging and
  • Food ware

Recycle 65% of single-use plastic:

  • Packaging and
  • Food ware

Make 100% of all packaging and single-use plastic food ware recyclable or compostable.

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