Environment & Science

Bills To Phase Out Single-Use Plastics Clear Key Legislative Hurdle

Non-recyclable plastic packaging could eventually be banned under proposed legislation in California.
Non-recyclable plastic packaging could eventually be banned under proposed legislation in California.
Jill Replogle

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A pair of bills designed to drastically reduce plastic waste in California passed the Senate and Assembly appropriations committees on Thursday.

The bills, SB 54 and AB 1080, would require manufacturers and retailers to reduce plastic packaging by 75 percent by 2030. That would mean switching to recyclable or compostable materials or getting rid of packaging altogether. After that date, single-use plastic packaging would be banned.  

The legislation is authored by Senator Ben Allen of Santa Monica and Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher of San Diego. It will face a vote in the full legislature in the coming months.