CGA in the Press: Allen Proposes State Plastics Ban

As food packaging ordinances and plastic bans spread across California municipalities, the California Grocers Association (CGA) is working towards a statewide solution that could help ease the complications of complying with a myriad of different laws.

Senate Bill 54, introduced by Sen. Ben Allen, would require all single-use packaging and products to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2030.

According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, Allen is “stressing that it (the bill) is not intended to get rid of single-use packaging and is instead trying to create a larger market for reusable, recyclable and compostable packaging.”

In speaking to the paper, CGA’s governmental affairs director Aaron Moreno noted the Association is seeking to distinguish between the packaging used by grocery retailers and restaurants, in addition to building out a longer implementation timeline that is feasible for the state’s grocery community

It’s very encouraging that the senator has laid out a longer timeline for manufacturers to work toward that goal. There are a number of companies that make these containers, but to ramp up to the scale California would need would take quite a while.

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