This bill would establish the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, which would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board and the Ocean Protection Council, to adopt regulations to source reduce and recycle 75% of single-use packaging and products sold or distributed in California by 2030.
Every day, single-use packaging and products generate tons of waste in California. Many of these products, which are designed to be used just once and then discarded, are made out of plastic. This comes with a tremendous cost to individuals, communities, wildlife, ecosystems, and to the state all along the supply chain. Roughly two-thirds of all plastic ever produced has been released into the environment and remains there in some form. Plastic pollution affects every street, park, stream, river, coast and ocean in California as evidenced by single-use products being amongst the top littered items consistently found at cleanups throughout the state. As these items fragment into smaller particles, known as microplastics, they concentrate toxic chemicals and increasingly contaminate our food and drinking water sources. Microplastics have been found in tap water, bottled water, table salt, fish, shellfish, and agricultural soils. The preseravation of our state parks and their natural environment are at risk with the continuation of single-use packaging and products.