The Issue


California consumers care deeply about the quality of the products we purchase, and how those products are packaged can have a significant impact on their freshness and safety. For example, many food products must be protected by two or more materials to effectively keep out air and moisture.

As currently written, SB 54 and AB 1080 will harm the availability, affordability, and quality of many products that families rely on for food, health, and well-being. According to the state’s own Department of Finance, SB 54 and AB 1080 are expected to cost more than $23 million – yet certain provisions of the measure aren’t even technologically feasible without an even greater investment in systems that can track individual products.

California doesn’t yet have the infrastructure in place necessary to track and recycle many of the products families rely on every day. Without this recycling infrastructure, California will not only fall short of the recycling goals outlined in SB 54 and AB 1080, but even products that could be recycled or composted will end up in the landfill where it will live on for years, potentially becoming litter and marine debris.

If SB 54 and AB 1080 pass as currently written, Californians will have to prepare for a future without toothpaste, baby formula, and dog food. 

California will only achieve a responsible solution to our state’s recycling challenges when government, industry, and consumers work together to implement thoughtful policies that are based on credible science, foster innovation, and focus on achieving the greatest benefit for our environment and our families.