California on track to implement nation-leading effort to slash single-use plastic and packaging waste

New draft rules answer Californians’ demand to tackle single-use trash pollution

Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: December 28, 2023
News Release #2023-12
Media Contact: Melanie Turner
916-341-6763 |

SACRAMENTO — CalRecycle today released key building blocks for California’s groundbreaking law to cut single-use plastic and packaging waste. Packaging makes up over 50% of what we throw away by volume and is a major contributor to climate and trash pollution.

Meeting aggressive deadlines in the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act (SB 54, Allen, Chapter 75, Statutes of 2022), CalRecycle published:

“California is setting clear standards to cut waste and recycle single-use products to lower pollution, while growing innovative companies and new jobs,” CalRecycle Director Rachel Machi Wagoner said. “Building a circular economy that reuses products that are built to last instead of turning raw materials into trash is a roadmap to California’s waste-free future.

SB 54 requires by 2032 that an industry-run Producer Responsibility Organization implement reforms to:

Cut by 25%

Single-use plastic:

  • Packaging and
  • Food ware

Recycle 65%

Of single-use plastic:

  • Packaging and
  • Food ware

Ensure 100%

Of single-use:

  • Packaging and
  • Plastic food ware

Is recyclable or compostable

Other benefits of the law include:

  • Rewarding waste-free and pollution-free product innovation and reuse options.
  • Creating a $5 billion fund to address the environmental impacts of plastics.

Join CalRecycle’s SB 54 Listserv for email updates on upcoming workshops and new developments in the implementation process.

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