Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban. California became the first state to enact legislation imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at large retail stores, and requires a 10-cent minimum charge for recycled paper bags, reusable plastic bags, and compostable bags at certain locations.
Extended Producer Responsibility. Considered the toughest bill on plastics to date, SB 54 requires 100% of packaging to be recyclable or compostable by 2032 and packaging makers help pay for the cost of recycling and composting packaging waste.
PFAS Regulations: Effective January 1, 2023. On October 5, 2021, Governor Newson signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1200 into law. This bill bans all plant fiber-based food packaging containing PFASs that are either intentionally added or present at levels exceeding 100 parts per million total fluorine, beginning January 1, 2023.
“Truth in Labeling” Legislation. California SB 343 restricts how marketers can use environmental marketing claims on packaging. The legislation also restricts the chasing arrows symbol for resin codes – leading the way to changing the conversation on what is truly recyclable among plastic products. Per the bill, compostable consumer products be PFAS-free, be labeled in a manner that distinguishes them from noncompostable products, and compostable plastics meet associated ASTM standards: D6400 or D6868.
Establishment of Sustainable Packaging Database for State Purchasers. CA SB1335 has led to the creation of a sustainable packaging database managed by CalRecycle, which includes third-party certified and PFAS-free molded fiber packaging. This means state-owned facilities like universities, the public school system, correctional facilities, airports, etc., can only purchase packaging on this list. Find Better Earth products in the purchasing guide, here.
Skip the Stuff Law. CA AB 1276 prohibits food facilities and third-party food platforms from providing single-use foodware accessories (think: cutlery, chopsticks, portion cups, straws, etc.) or condiments to a customer, unless requested. The bill also specifically bans bundling or packaging accessories in a way that inhibits a customer from taking only what they desire.