AB 820 (Karnette, 2007-08) Polystyrene in State Facilities

Would have prohibited the use of foamed polystyrene food containers in state facilities.

Position and Status
CAW Supported. AB 820 was held in the Asm. Appropriations Committee in April 2007. Previously it passed out of the Asm. Nat. Resources with a 5-3 vote.

Foamed polystyrene food packaging is one of the most problematic and voluminous components of marine debris. AB 820 would have prohibited the use of this material in food packaging in state facilities, with the exemption of prisons and mental hospitals.

CAW Staff Contacts.
Mark Murray and Bryan Early (916) 443-5422

Current Actions.
AB 820 is no longer active. If you would still like to express your support, you may write the author:

Assembly Member Betty Karnette 
State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814



Californians Against Waste (Sponsor)
Algalita Marine Research Foundation
California League of Conservation Voters
Coastkeeper Alliance
Defenders of Wildlife
Heal the Bay 
Newport Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation
Ocean Conservation Society
Planning and Conservation League
Santa Monica Baykeeper
Sierra Club California
The California Alliance for Consumer Protection


American Chemistry Council
California Chamber of Commerce
California Grocers Association
California Manufacturers and Technology Association
California Restaurant Association
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Dart Container Corporation
Dolco Packaging
Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Products Association
INEOS Styrenics
PWP Industries

Current Language, Analyses and Votes.

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