Governor Gavin Newsom signs laws to fight plastic pollution, promote a more sustainable and renewable economy, and protect Californians from toxic chemicals
Governor signs SB 343 banning the use of misleading recycling labels, additional measures to reduce pollution from single-use waste and support recycling goals
AB 652 prohibits the use of toxic PFAS in products intended for children, AB 1200 prohibits their use in single-use food packaging
The governor’s historic $ 15 billion climate package includes $ 270 million to promote a stronger circular economy that promotes sustainability
October 6, 2021 – SACRAMENTO – Taking action to fight plastic pollution and promote a more sustainable and renewable economy, Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a package of legislation aimed at raising consumer awareness and industry accountability and its bold $ 270 million investment to modernize recycling systems and promote a stronger circular economy as part of California’s historic $ 15 billion climate change package Comeback plan added. The governor also signed laws to protect Californians and the environment from harmful chemicals.
Measures signed today include SB 343 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), which requires products to meet benchmarks in order to be advertised or labeled as recyclable so that consumers can clearly see which products are recyclable in California.
“California’s trademark is solving problems through innovation, and we use that spirit to reduce the waste that fills our landfills and creates the harmful pollutants that are causing the climate crisis.” said Governor Newsom. “With today’s actions and bold investments to transform our recycling systems, the state continues to lead the way to a more sustainable and resilient future for the planet and all of our communities.”
The governor announced last month that the California Comeback Plan’s $ 15 billion climate package – the largest such investment in the state’s history – includes $ 270 million to support a circular economy that encourages sustainability and that helps to reduce short-lived climate pollutants from the waste sector. To help drive demand for recyclable materials and attract a green industry to California, the package includes funding to support the work of CalRecycle’s new Office of Innovation in Recycling and Remanufacturing. Additional funding will support organic waste infrastructure, food recovery efforts, and composting, reprocessing and recycling infrastructure, including investments in disadvantaged communities.
Governor Newsom also signed AB 881 today by Rep. Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), which discourages practices that result in plastic that becomes waste being exported and ensures that only exports of truly recycled plastics are for the Government waste reduction and recycling indicators are taken into account. SB 619 from Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) provides additional avenues for local governments to meet the climate goals of California’s Transient Climate Pollutants Act. AB 1311 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) enables more flexible operations for beverage container recycling centers to reduce overhead costs and improve redemption access across the country. And AB 1201 by Congregation Member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is tightening labeling requirements to ensure that products labeled as “compostable” are actually compostable and that harmful chemicals are kept out of the California compost stream.
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances, often referred to as “forever chemicals” because they do not degrade in the environment, have been linked to serious health hazards and have been found in the bodies of almost all of the people examined. To further reduce exposure and raise awareness, the governor signed the AB 1200 by Congregation Member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco), which bans single-use food packaging containing intentionally added PFASs and obliges cookware manufacturers to prevent the presence of dangerous ones Chemicals such as PFAS on product labels and to disclose online. AB 652 by MP Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) bans the use of toxic PFAS in products for children such as car seats and cots as alternatives to PFAS, which pose a particular risk of exposure for children when used in carpets.
Below is a full list of the bills signed by the governor:
- AB 652 by assembly member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Product safety: Youth products: Chemicals: Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
- AB 881 from assembly member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Recycling: Plastic waste: Export.
- AB 962 from Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) – California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: Reusable beverage packaging.
- AB 1200 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Plant-based food packaging: Cookware: dangerous chemicals.
- AB 1201 by assembly member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Solid waste: Products: Labeling: Compostability and biodegradability.
- AB 1276 by assembly member Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) – Disposable food accessories and standard seasoning.
- AB 1311 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Recycling: beverage containers.
- SB 343 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Environmental Promotion: Recycle Symbol: Recyclability: Products and Packaging.
- SB 619 from Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) – Organic Waste: Regulations to Reduce: Compliance with Local Jurisdiction.
The full text of the bills can be found at: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.
Source: Governor’s Office