California may be a liberal state with its fair share of regulations, but a poll indicates voters may not be so keen on a statewide ban on plastic bags.
The San Diego City Council has voted to ban plastic bags at large grocery stores, pharmacies and other markets, making San Diego the 150th municipality in California to limit use of the items.
An operation in California estimated to cost more than $120 million will extract plastics and other recoverable material from municipal solid waste. But it’s not aimed at replacing curbside recycling collection.
The Container Recycling Institute has called on California to increase the fees it pays to redemption centers to cover the cost of recycling PET beverage containers.
Lawmakers in California are considering legislation mandating that plastic bottles have tethered caps. Meanwhile, a different bill bans take-out containers that aren’t accepted in local recycling or composting programs.
California has under-subsidized its container redemption centers to the tune of $43 million in recent years, leading a significant number of them to close, according to the Container Recycling Institute.
A California bill aims to stem the tide of beverage container redemption center closures in the Golden State. But it also threatens the entire container-recycling industry in the state if lawmakers fail to make reforms by next April.
Legislation in front of California lawmakers would require beverage companies to use at least 10 percent recycled plastic in bottles if they want to continue receiving discounts on fees they pay to the state.
Manufacturers opposing California’s statewide plastic bag ban have raised more than four times as much money as ban supporters.