March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

New legislation designed to support a circular future - California SB 54

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

1 Information provided by NAPCOR from the studies Cradle-to-resin life cycle analysis of polyethylene terephthalate resin (March 2020) and Life cycle impacts for post-consumer recycled resins: PET, HDPE, and PP (December 2018). All data sources may be found on this link.

New legislation designed to support a circular future - California SB 54

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

1 To learn more about Instituto de Embalagens, visit their website.
March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

New legislation designed to support a circular future - California SB 54

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

New legislation designed to support a circular future - California SB 54

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

New legislation designed to support a circular future - California SB 54

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

New legislation designed to support a circular future - California SB 54

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

New legislation designed to support a circular future - California SB 54

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.

March 2024

California Legislative Information (leginfo.legislature.ca.gov)

The State of California is in the process of implementing SB 54, a law designed to address the issue of single use packaging and plastic food service ware waste going to landfill, and much of the industry is watching developments closely as this law may set the stage for legislation in other states.

SB 54 has a stated 2032 goal of:

1. Reducing single use packaging in California by 25%

2. Recycling 65% of single use packaging

3. Ensuring 100% of single use packaging is recyclable or compostable.

The plan for implementation

A draft list of materials covered under SB54 was published in December 2023.  This list will be finalized by July 1st, 2024.  Beginning in 2027, producers of packaged products using materials on this list must be part of a Producer Responsibility Plan. These plans will be managed by Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will collect fees from producers selling single use packaging in California which does not meet defined standards of compliance for items on the covered materials list.

Rigid polyester packaging (PET), including thermoformed PET, is currently slated to receive favorable treatment under the covered materials list as it is the most widely recycled plastic material. Other materials like PVC, PS and EPS will be subject to fee structures imposedby the PROs.

California SB 54 is already taking effect

Savvy brands are taking action now to consolidate packaging formats and materials to compliant formats such as thermoformed PET in support of a more circular economy.

Moving forward, we will see an increased number of brands implementing the guidelines set forward with this law. Legislation like this will continue to materialize, and it is critical in the shift towards a circular economy.