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SB 54: Shifting the Burden to Producers To Address California's Plastic Pollution

January 4, 2023 Articles
Daily Journal - New California Laws

California's SB 54: Plastics Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act (Public Resources Code § 41821.5) adopts the “extended producer responsibility model” (or “circular economy framework”), which makes manufacturers of single-use plastic products and packaging responsible for that product’s ultimate end-of-life disposal. The Legislature acknowledged that some plastic material types cannot effectively meet California’s aggressive recycling targets, and that producers will need to eliminate, redesign, or shift packaging or food service ware to material categories that can more efficiently meet SB 54’s recycling requirements.

This law has a wide range of consequences for manufacturers of single-use plastic packaging and food service ware.  Read the full article here.

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