California passes legislation designed to address mixed plastic exports
The California legislature has passed AB 881, legislation designed to ensure that only plastics that are actually recycled will count toward California's recycling goals. The bill awaits Gov. Newsom's signature.
Kara Pochiro of the APR says, "This is something APR has been asking to have enacted, even prior to 'National Sword.' The counties had been exporting to Asian markets to earn 100 percent diversion credit in an attempt to meet their diversion goals. As we all know, mixed waste or even single-resin bales are not 100 percent of anything. The bill was passed on a bipartisan vote and, in effect, it codifies what CalRecycle wanted and what the industry has been asking for."