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California recently announced provisional rules for their new plastic pollution law

by | Mar 14, 2024

California, a US state, has announced their intention to create a new law aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastic and packaging waste within the region. In order to make this possible, the state has begun the formal rulemaking process, to ensure the law is as fair and effective as possible.

The draft regulations for the new measure were released by the state on the 8th of March 2024. These regulations from this legislation, stated that producers must decrease single-use plastic waste and they must also manufacture their product’s packaging out of recyclable or compostable materials. Alongside this, as the regulation will be achieved through the use of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program, the requirement for 65% of single-use plastic packaging and food ware to be recycled by 2032, has also been put in place.

The law has also stated that to help combat the plastic pollution issue throughout the state, a fund will be created through the law that will raise $5bn, which will go towards tackling the issue. This fund will be raised through industry contributions and it will primarily go towards helping the most affected communities.

This new law and the measures to be put in place, are originally part of the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act, which was signed by Gavin Newsom, the state governor in 2022.

Whilst the new law will certainly help the environment and reduce plastic pollution, the government has said that they predict the act will also create thousands of jobs within the state. Due to this potential, the state will be going through the California Jobs First Council to promote workforce development within the circular economy. This effort will also be applied to similar sectors and will also aim to prepare students and workers for high-paying careers.

Newsom commented, “For too long, plastic polluters have passed the buck on the growing burden of plastic waste contaminating the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. California is leading the way to hold producers responsible, drive sustainable innovation and green jobs, and support the most impacted communities. We have to act now, with urgency, to give our kids a future without plastic pollution.” 

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