CalRecycle Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Single-Use Packaging EPR Program
Tomorrow, February 1, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) will host a hybrid question and answer session to discuss the draft rulemaking on their extended producer responsibility (EPR) program, as discussed below. A 45-day public comment period will follow. Members of the regulated community who wish to attend can find in-person and virtual information on the session here.
Members of B&D’s Plastics and Packaging team will attend the public meeting and will be prepared to answer any questions clients and contacts may have. A more substantive update on what to expect from CalRecycle and the rulemaking process is forthcoming.
In June 2022, the California legislature passed a transformational law creating an EPR program with ambitious goals to ensure 100% of single-use packaging and plastic food ware is recyclable or compostable by 2032. The law creates responsibility for producers, typically manufacturers that are brand owners (although it applies to others as well), to join a producer responsibility organization (PRO) that will develop a plan to implement the law, including raising $5 billion from industry members over 10 years. CalRecycle has selected the Circular Action Alliance (CAA) as the PRO and is developing regulations to implement the law.
Companies potentially impacted by the SB 54 regulations should monitor the rulemaking process and prepare to submit comments within the upcoming 45-day public comment period. To receive periodic updates on CalRecycle’s implementation of SB 54, subscribe to the Agency’s SB 54 listserv here.
B&D's Plastics practice counsels clients on packaging, labeling, material restrictions, recycling, recyclability, and circular economy issues relating to plastics in California, the U.S., and worldwide, and helps companies achieve product regulatory compliance without imposing undue burdens on clients and consumers. Our Waste and Recycling practice group and Waste Treatment, Recycling, and Disposal Services industry group advise companies and municipalities on waste issues, including compliance counseling, litigation, and regulatory advocacy under federal and state law. With an office in San Francisco, B&D’s experience includes successful coordination with CalRecycle on the drafting and implementation of EPR program regulations, on behalf of potentially impacted clients.