Washington’s Association of Plastic Recyclers reached out to Governor Gavin Newsom, California, to approve of the Assembly Bill 792, “Recycling: Plastic Containers: Minimum Recycled Content and labelling”. This is notable, as the company works closely with junk hauling Orange County and across the country, representing 90% of postconsumer plastics recycling in Northern America.
AB 792 was introduced in California back in February 2019, with the aim of requiring all plastic beverage containers made, distributed, and sold in California to have at least 50% postconsumer recycled plastic content annually, to happen by January 2030, except for extenuating circumstances. The bill would also impose penalties on violations of the bill made by any organization, while authorizing California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) with the power to properly enforce the bill, on top of the power to conduct audits and investigations of relevant parties in order to ensure compliance with the proposed legislation.
As an addendum, AB 792 would also exempt information from these audits and investigations from the California Public Records Act Information, while depositing penalties collected to the Recycling Enhancement Penalty Account, a part of the bill’s mandate. It would also require any funding in the Recycling Enhancement Penalty Account to be used upon appropriation, in order to support recycling, infrastructure, collection, and processing of plastic bottle containers in the state of California, which would benefit junk hauling Orange County and across the state.
The letter was submitted by the APR to Gov. Newsom on Oct. 11, with APR Present and CEO Steve Alexander stating on the missive that the APR supports recycling content in all polyethylene terephthalate (PET) applications. Recent amendments, the letter notes, are a reflection of the necessity of basing any content requirement level based on pertinent data on potential supply. The APR states that they believe that AB 792 set realistic goals, and that it will help improve and strengthen California’s recycled PET markets.
On top of all of that, the APR’s advocacy team in the Golden State has been working hard to educate California’s lawmakers throughout the legislative process to make sure that the bill has realistic recycling goals.