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SB 270 Bag Bill

Plastic Bag Ban, Sb 270

Protect California's Bag Ban From Out-of-State Interests

The California State Legislature became the first in the nation to approve a plastic bag ban in August of 2014, and on September 30, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law.

Before the ink even dried, the plastic bag industry filed a referendum to repeal the law. Paid signature gatherers collected signatures across the state in the last months of 2014. Field reports indicated that these signature gatherers used any means necessary to get signatures, from begging to outright lies.

In late February 2015, the Secretary of State reported that the bag ban referendum had qualified and would appear on the November 2016 ballot. Supporters of the nation's first statewide bag ban should uphold SB 270 by voting 'yes'.

Plastic bag manufacturers are desperate to stop the bag ban! According to the Secretary of State, the industry has already spent more than $3 million in this effort, with 98% of the money coming from out-of-state interests.

Learn more about the CA vs Big Plastic campaign.


Feb 24, 2015 Press Release: Plastic Industry's SB 270 Referendum Qualifies, Plastic Bag Ban Supporters Announce More Local Bag Bans

FAQs - Living Without Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags




Campaign to End Single-Use Plastic Bags

Now is the time to act. Plastic bags are costing your jurisdiction and other local and state agencies millions each year in cleanup costs alone. Despite their lightweight and compact characteristics, plastic bags disproportionately impact the solid waste and recycling stream and persist in the environment even after they have broken down.

In California, 13 billion plastic bags are distributed annually, and only 3% are recycled. Plastic bag ordinances currently cover 37 percent of the state’s population.

With the recent enactment of California's plastic bag ban, the state is poised to be plastic bag free in grocery, drug, and convenience stores by July 2015. This environmental victory paves the way for local and state governments across the nation to follow.

Check out resources for banning plastic bans on our Bag Ban Tool Kit

FAQ - Living Without Plastic Grocery Bags

Getting Food Scraps & Yard Trimmings Out of Landfills (and Back in the Soil)

Returning organic materials to soils drastically reduces the environmental impacts of landfills, reduces greenhouse gases, creates jobs, and helps sustain California's agricultural industry.

Despite California's robust recycling infrastructure for traditional recyclables, the state continues to landfill organic materials, such as yard trimmings and food scraps, at an alarming rate. In fact, food is the most prevalent item in our waste stream and a third of the material going to landfills is readily compostable

It doesn't have to be this way. With strong policy leadership and a shift away from laws that incentivize the landfilling of this valuable material, California can become a leader in the recycling of organics.


Sept 4 - Mattress Bill Signed By Governor

Sept. 4, 2013              

SACRAMENTO - Environmental, business, recycling and mattress industry leaders joined Senators Loni Hancock and Lou Correa, and Assembly Member Cristina Garcia at the State Capitol today, to express support for their co-authored bill, Senate Bill 254. This measure, which must pass the Legislature in the next 8 days, would create a statewide mattress recycling incentive and collection program in California.

More than 4 million used mattresses are generated in the state annually. Due to their large size and high costs for disposal, used mattresses are too often discarded on road sides, causing blight, health threats, and added cleanup costs. Local Governments in California are currently saddled with an estimated $20 million annual cost for used mattress collection and clean up.

SB 254 will implement a producer responsibility solution operated by a non-profit stewardship organization to create incentives for increased mattress recycling and renovation. These operations will be overseen by CalRecycle and a Mattress Recycling Advisory Committee.

California's Bottle & Can Recycling Law - The Bottle Bill

California's Bottle Bill is one of the nation's most successful litter and pollution reduction programs. Since 1988, Californians have recycled more than 10 million tons of aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers. No other recycling program or policy in this state has resulted in higher recycling levels, and no program of its kind in the country has been found to be more cost effective.

While the latest CA Beverage Container Recycling Rates show continued high--82% overall—container recycling rates, the picture is less rosy for Plastic Beverage Containers.

Current ‘loopholes’ in the beverage container recycling law means more than 250 million recyclable plastic bottles remain exempt from the program. This means more than 350,000 tons of plastic containers continue to be littered and landfilled at the same time that California-based plastic processors are struggling to get a sufficient supply of recycled plastic to meet manufacturer demand. Increasing the use of recycled plastic in California manufacturing means both jobs and reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

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Apartment Recycling
California Bottle Bill
Cell Phone and Battery Recycling
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Cigarette Litter

Conversion Technologies
Dairy Waste
Enforcement Campaign
Producer Responsibility
Fast Food and Waste
Food Waste Composting
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Mercury Contamination

Paint Recycling

Pharmaceutical Pollution

Phone Books

Used Motor Oil Recycling
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