PROTECTING THE PRODUCTS THAT KEEP US SAFE
As currently written, SB 54 and AB 1080 will unintentionally impact the availability, affordability and quality of many products that families rely on for food, health, and well-being. 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.
California doesn’t yet have the infrastructure in place necessary to recycle these and many other products that 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.
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.