Apr 24 - Food Packaging Bill Passes Assembly Natural Resources

CAW-Sponsored AB 904 (Feuer), which would require that fast food packaging be made of recyclable or compostable materials, passed Assembly Natural Resources by a 5-3 vote.

Takeout food packaging has been found to be second greatest component of litter (behind tobacco products), comprising 20-30% of all litter. Furthermore, unrecyclable food packaging is often made from materials that do not degrade in the marine environment, such as foamed polystyrene, which contribute to the state's potentially multi-billion dollar marine debris problem.

AB 904 would require the use of takeout food packaging that are compatible with a municipality's recycling or composting program and would encourage the use of products, such as paperboard, which can easily be diverted from landfills and which degrade when littered.

Learn more about the issue of takeout food packaging waste.