Program Information...

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) monitors the provisions of Public Resources Code (PRC) Sections 42290-42298 and California Code of Regulations Title 14 (14CCR) Sections 17975-17985 with respect to plastic trash bag mandates. Manufacturers and wholesalers selling plastic trash bags in California must meet these mandates annually. Manufacturers and wholesalers who fail to comply are considered noncompliant. Noncompliant companies are ineligible for the award of any State contract or subcontract, or for the renewal, extension, or modification of an existing contract or subcontract for goods or services until CalRecycle determines it is in compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements of the plastic trash bag law.

Requirements for Manufacturers

Plastic Trash Bag Manufacturers must annually certify their compliance by submitting their certification documentation to CalRecycle on or before March 1 each year. 14CCR Section 17979 requires manufacturers of regulated trash bags (at or above 0.70 mil thickness) to certify one of the following:

  1. The annual aggregate use requirements that plastic trash bags intended for sale in California contained Actual Postconsumer Material (APCM) equal to at least 10 percent by weight of the regulated trash bags.
  2. The annual aggregate use requirement that 30 percent of the weight of the material used in all of your plastic products intended for sale in California is APCM.
  3. Were exempt from meeting the requirements because all of the regulated trash bags that were sold in California during the previous reporting period were either:
    1. below the minimum gauge standard, or were
    2. hazardous or medical waste bags, or were
    3. non-plastic trash bags.

To report this information for the preceding calendar year, use the Manufacturer Certificate Form (CIWMB 57).

Assistance for Manufacturers

If you are new to the program or would like a refresher on the requirements of the program, please see the attached letter for Plastic Trash Bag Manufacturers.

17980.5. What If I Determine During A Reporting Period That I Cannot Meet the Recycled Plastic Postconsumer Material (RPPCM) Content Requirements?

(a) I am a manufacturer of regulated trash bags. Will CalRecycle provide me with any assistance if I determine, during a reporting period, that I may not or cannot meet the RPPCM content requirement?

If at any time during a reporting period, you determine you may not meet the RPPCM content requirement, you must contact CalRecycle within ten (10) calendar days of making the determination.

Suppliers of RPPCM: I am a supplier of RPPCM who has sold material to a manufacturer of regulated plastic trash bags who is required to comply with these regulations. What must I do to comply with these regulations?

To comply with these regulations, you must:

  • Provide each regulated trash bag manufacturer with a statement identifying the quantity and proximate prior usage of the RPPCM sold for use in the regulated trash bags; and
  • Provide information regarding the actual postconsumer content (APCM) of the RPPCM sold to the manufacturer for use in the regulated trash bags; and
  • Provide any other information required of the manufacturer by CalRecycle for the purposes of inclusion in the annual certification to CalRecycle.

Requirements for Wholesalers

If CalRecycle has identified your company as a wholesaler of regulated plastic trash bags, you must annually certify compliance by submitting certification documentation to CalRecycle on or before March 1 each year. If you are new to the program or would like a refresher on the requirements of the program, please see the attached letter for Plastic Trash Bag Wholesalers. To certify compliance of 14 CCR section 17979.5, the documentation to include:

  • Company name, headquarters mailing address, telephone number and contact person, and every physical address from which regulated plastic trash bags were shipped.
  • A list of each manufacturer and each wholesaler from whom you purchased regulated plastic trash bags during the reporting period.
  • The number of regulated plastic trash bags and the tons of regulated plastic trash bags shipped from each physical location which were intended for sale or distribution or sold in California during the reporting period.

To report this information for the preceding calendar year, use Form 58.

Certification Forms

Annually, certifications are due by March 1. It is ultimately the responsibility of individual manufacturers and wholesalers to maintain compliance with the law.

To assist manufacturers in completing regulatory requirements, use the Manufacturer Certification Form (CIWMB 57).

To assist wholesalers in completing regulatory requirements, use the and the Wholesaler Certification Form (CIWMB 58).

Complete certification forms can be submitted via:
Email: plasticbag@calrecycle.ca.gov
Fax: (916) 319-7694

Mail to the following address:
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
Attn: Plastic Trash Bag Certification Program
P.O. Box 4025, MS 10-17-A
Sacramento, CA 95812-4025

Compliant and Noncompliant Manufacturers and Wholesalers

Plastic trash bag manufacturers that did not met the minimum RPPCM content requirements and manufacturers and wholesalers that did not submit complete certifications to CalRecycle are noncompliant. 14 CCR Section 17985(b) requires CalRecycle to publish the list of noncompliant manufacturers and wholesalers. The list is posted to CalRecycle’s website and transmitted to the Department of General Services and state and local procurement officers.

The summary list of compliant and noncompliant manufacturers and wholesalers is based on certifications received (or not received) by CalRecycle for each reporting period (January 1 through December 31).

State Contracts

PRC Section 42297, states that any supplier, manufacturer, or wholesaler, and any of its divisions, subsidiaries, or successors, who fails to comply with this chapter, shall be ineligible for the award of any state contract or subcontract, or for the renewal, extension, or modification of an existing contract or subcontract, until CalRecycle determines that it is in compliance with this chapter.

Additionally, no state agency shall solicit offers from, award contracts to, or renew, extend, or modify a current contract or subcontract with, any supplier, manufacturer, or wholesaler, or any of its divisions, subsidiaries, or successors, who fails to comply with this chapter until the board determines that it is in compliance with this chapter.

Recycled Plastic Trash Bags Contact

Recycled Plastic Trash Bags: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BuyRecycled/TrashBags

Contact: PlasticBag@CalRecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6203