This month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a suite of new bills as part of a new climate package that advance recycling, public health, waste prevention, circular economy, and truth in advertising. This is encouraging momentum, and we congratulate everyone for their hard work, including the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling, that led to the Governor's signing of these bills.
Below are a few highlights:
- AB: 881 centers around taking greater responsibility of our waste, primarily plastics. The legislation discourages practices resulting in exporting plastic that becomes waste and ensures that only exports of truly recycled plastics count toward state waste reduction and recycling metrics.
- SB 343 introduces the nation's strictest rules on recycling labels, and centers around truth in advertising and greater recycling transparency. It prohibits packaging from including the "chasing arrows" or other recyclability claims unless approved by CalRecycle.
- AB 1200 bans the toxic "forever chemicals" known as PFAS from paper, paperboard, or plant-based food packaging, utensils, and paper straws.
- AB 1201 ensures that products labeled compostable are actually compostable and prohibits products containing PFAS from being labeled compostable, ensuring that harmful chemicals stay out of California's compost stream.
- AB 818 requires certain single-use wet wipes not compatible with sewer systems and infrastructure to be clearly labeled "do not flush."
- AB 332 re-establishes statutory changes to simplify the process for handling and disposal of treated wood waste, permitting more safe disposal options.