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  • The Sacramento Bee

    Capitol Alert: Ballot Initiative Certified

    July 21, 2021

    The initiative, which nearly 900,000 Californians signed a petition for, would require CalRecycle to adopt new policies aimed at producers related to the reduction of single-use plastics. It also would establish a California Plastic Pollution Reduction Fee — no more than 1 cent per item of packaging or foodware — that would be used to provide funds to local governments to upgrade their waste and recycling systems, to support state and local efforts at waste reduction and to engage in environmental mitigation.

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  • The Mercury News

    New California ballot measure would ban Styrofoam food packaging statewide, force industry to reduce plastic litter

    July 20, 2021

    Setting the stage for a major environmental battle over a growing pollution issue, a coalition of environmental groups has qualified a statewide ballot measure that would require plastic packaging sold in California to be recyclable or reusable.

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  • Single-Use Plastics Phase-Out Qualifies for California Ballot

    Single-Use Plastics Phase-Out Qualifies for California Ballot

    July 19, 2021

    California voters will decide whether to order a phase-out of single-use plastic containers and utensils, the Secretary of State’s office announced Monday.

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  • SF Chronicle

    Anti-plastic waste ballot initiative approved for 2022 ballot

    July 19, 2021

    SACRAMENTO — California environmentalists frustrated that the state Legislature hasn’t done more to stop plastic waste from polluting the ocean and piling up in landfills will take the fight to voters with an initiative that has qualified for the November 2022 ballot.

    The initiative would require plastic manufacturers to ensure their products are recyclable or reusable, and to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic people use once and then toss in the trash.

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  • SF Gate

    Poll: most Californians back penny fee on plastic packaging

    November 08, 2019

    Most California voters back a newly filed state ballot initiative aimed at reducing single-use plastics and plastic packaging across the state, according to a new survey.

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  • It’s time to talk about a plastic tax

    It’s time to talk about a plastic tax

    November 08, 2019

    During the debate this year about whether the California Legislature should adopt an ambitious plastic trash reduction law (the answer to which is, “absolutely”), no one really addressed the question of how to pay for the program. That’s critically important because it will not be cheap to create the infrastructure to recycle the mountains of plastic packaging generated in the state.

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  • California’s plastic pollution fight may be headed to voters

    California’s plastic pollution fight may be headed to voters

    November 04, 2019

    SACRAMENTO — California environmentalists battling to stop plastic from polluting the ocean and piling up in landfills say they can’t wait for state lawmakers to act — they’re hoping to take the fight to the ballot box.

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