A bill up for vote in the California Assembly this week could have a big impact on how and what we recycle. The bill seeks to push manufacturers toward more sustainable packaging and products, denying them the ability to sell in the state of California if they do not.

Known as the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, Senate Bill 54 (SB 54) and Assembly Bill 1080 (AB 1080), are poised to become transformative legislation in the global fight against plastic pollution. The Circular Economy Act would require manufacturers of single-use packaging and food products to reduce excess waste as much as possible. Whatever remains would need to be recyclable or compostable so that by 2030, 75 percent of all packaging sold or distributed in the state would be recycled or composted into something else.

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