Lawmakers revive expansive California EPR proposal

16 Mar 2021

California legislators introduced a bill that creates a packaging stewardship organization and adds packaging fees paid by producers. The bill is the latest in a flurry of plastics-related legislative activity in the state.

Assembly Bill 842 was introduced in February and will be substantially amended likely this week, according to updated bill text shared with Resource Recycling. Officially titled the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, the bill contains some elements of previous extended producer responsibility (EPR) proposals and some new components, such as a 75% post-consumer-recycled-content mandate by 2035. EPR is a policy that shifts the financial costs of recycling onto product manufacturers.

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