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 published a list containing categories of covered materials on 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
    • 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.



For more information, see the SB 54 webpage, or refer to the statute.

For more information contact: Packaging,