The initiative, which nearly 900,000 Californians signed a petition for, would requireCalRecycleto 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.
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.
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 toensure their products are recyclableor reusable, and to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic people use once and then toss in the trash.
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.
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.