California’s proposed SB 54/AB 1080:
Single-Use Packaging and Products
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SB 54/AB 1080 will ensure California is on the forefront of reducing pollution from plastic packaging and products. The bills would set goals to reduce waste from single-use packaging and products and ensure the remaining items are effectively recycled. Factsheet
History of California Connect the Cap Legislation
AB 319: Recycling: Single-Use Plastic Beverage Container Caps, 2017. AB 319 would require that every plastic bottle sold in California has a cap that is connected to its bottle by 2020. By requiring connected caps, this bill would prevent bottle cap pollution in our environment, save bottle manufacturers money, and provide additional material for recyclers to recover. Bottle caps are currently recovered at a low rate compared to bottles and are one of the top three items found in every large-scale beach clean-up in California. Once a part of our environment, bottle caps are mistaken for food by wildlife, contribute to local government clean-up costs, and eventually become part of the ever-increasing plastic pollution problem in our oceans.
AB 925: Leash Your Lid: Plastic Beverage Container Caps, 2009. Like the pop-tops of aluminum cans of the 1970’s, this law would make plastic beverage bottle caps become part of California’s successful bottle recycling by requiring caps be attached to the bottle. Retailers would be prohibited from selling a single use plastic beverage container with a cap that is not attached to or part of the beverage container, and made from a recyclable material. This bill is important for large seabirds, which often mistake plastic bottle caps for food. Ingestion of plastic bottle cap debris can lead to malnutrition, starvation and premature death for ordinarily long-lived seabirds such as the albatross. Read more...