California Lawmakers Propose Phasing Out Plastic Products That Aren’t Recyclable

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Trash from the Los Angeles River litters a beach along Shoreline Drive in Long Beach in 2010. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Trash from the Los Angeles River litters a beach along Shoreline Drive in Long Beach in 2010. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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With Californians already barred from getting plastic straws in many restaurants unless they request them and grocery stores not providing single-use plastic bags, state lawmakers are again proposing to ramp up efforts aimed at significantly reducing products that are not recyclable, including plastic cups, forks, spoons and packaging.

New legislation announced Wednesday would require plastic and other single-use materials sold in California to be either reusable, fully recyclable or compostable by 2030.

The measure would also require the state to recycle or otherwise divert from landfills 75% of single-use plastic packaging and products sold or distributed in California, up from the 44% of all solid waste that was diverted as of 2017.

“We have to stop treating our oceans and planet like a dumpster,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), an author of the proposal. “Any fifth-grader can tell you that our addiction to single-use plastics is killing our ecosystems.”

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