SB 54 Covered Material Categories List

Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act

Covered Material Categories

  • Material regulated by SB 54 (called “covered material”) includes single-use packaging and single-use plastic food service ware [Public Resources Code (PRC) Section 42061(e)]
  • CalRecycle must establish and publish a list containing categories of covered materials by July 1, 2024. 
    [PRC Section 42061(a)(1)]
  • Each covered material category describes a combination of:
    • Material type and
    • Form
  • Covered  material categories fall within one of five material classes, which are then further broken down by material type and form:
    • Glass and Ceramic
    • Metal
    • Paper and Fiber
    • Plastic
    • Wood and Other Organics

Compostable and Recyclable Evaluations


January 1, 2024

Publish the list of Covered Material Categories deemed recyclable or compostable.

July 1, 2024

Publish a general list of all Covered Material Categories.

January 1, 2025

Update evaluations of compostability and recyclability.

And annually thereafter.

January 1, 2026

Calculate and publish recycling rates for each Covered Material Category.