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California Adopts Nation’s Most Comprehensive Paper And Plastic Packaging Bill

July 7, 2022

On June 28, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 54 into law 

following its unanimous approval by the state senate. The new

law will require all plastic packaging in the state to reach a 30%

recycling rate by 2028, which will increase to 65% by 2032.

The legislation is part of Newsom’s broader plan to mitigate the

effects of climate change. It creates an extended producer

responsibility (EPR) program in an effort to minimize waste.

“This is a pretty big deal,” says PPAI Public Affairs Manager

Maurice Norris. “We’ve been following policy proposals related

to extended producer responsibility for a few years, and while

California isn’t the first state to do this, it’s certainly the biggest.

This is probably the most ambitious plastics packaging

requirement in the country.”


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