How to Prepare for Upcoming Changes to CRV Recycling
For many years, fixing the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, more commonly known as the “bottle bill,” held its spot at the top of CGA’s legislative priority list. Marking a victory for the industry, last September Governor Newsom signed into law SB 1013 (Atkins-D) with all amendments proposed by the Association, which made the most significant changes to the state’s recycling laws since the bottle bill’s inception decades ago. The amendments grant CGA and the grocery industry the opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders and regulators to develop an optimal recycling framework that allows grocers to best serve customers.
Along with this reform comes adjustments grocers will need to make to over the next six months. Here are the top five things grocers need to know about the upcoming changes to the bottle bill and CRV recycling.
- Wine, distilled spirits, and large juice containers enter the CRV recycling program starting January 1, 2024.
- Retailers will need to update shelf tags by January 15, 2024 to indicate that wine and spirits are included in CRV recycling.
- This change means that bottles and product containers will need to be labeled “recyclable” by July 1, 2025.
- Grocers will no longer have an “in lieu” option starting January 1, 2025. Stores will choose to either participate in a dealer cooperative, or have a designated area other than the cash register anywhere at the store for in-store take-back.
- Grocers should consider notifying customers about the CRV charge on wine and spirits that starts on January 1, 2024 with in-store signage.
Revisions to the bottle bill also establish plans for a dealer cooperative which will be finalized at the end of 2023. CGA’s for-profit company RMS is taking an active role to find the most feasible solution for the industry and the communities it serves.