Lorena Gonzalez Bill to Cut Single-Use Plastic Packaging and Products Passes State Senate

Sunday, August 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO – (Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020) – California will be at the forefront of reducing pollution from non-recyclable single-use plastic packaging and products under legislation by State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that passed the state Senate today on a 22 to 10 vote.

"We have to be honest with ourselves: single-use plastics do not decompose. If we don't act now, the plastic pollution crisis will continue to cause irreparable harm to our ecosystem and communities,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “We have an opportunity to phase out non-recyclable single-use plastics and transition California to a circular economy that encourages manufacturing of cleaner products in the state. Our bills will ultimately lead to the creation of green jobs and a more sustainable future for our children.”

Assembly Bill 1080 and its identical companion measure Senate Bill 54 are known as the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. If signed into law, AB 1080/SB 54 will establish a first-of-its-kind comprehensive framework for producers to keep the most problematic plastic disposable items out of our environment, saving local governments millions of dollars in disposal costs and protecting our environment.

AB 1080/SB 54 sets an ambitious statewide goal to ensure manufacturers reduce the waste generated by single-use plastic packaging and products by 75% by 2032 through source reduction, recycling, and composting.

Specifically, the legislation requires manufacturers to make priority single-use plastic food service ware products and single-use plastic packaging with only recyclable or compostable material and reduce unnecessary waste by 2032. Producers will  be required to meet specified recycling rates over time, leading up to a 75% recycling rate by 2032.

For questions on the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos: samantha.gallegos@asm.ca.gov