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Statement on Passage of California SB 54

This statement can be attributed to Dylan de Thomas, Vice President of External Affairs, The Recycling Partnership:  

“The Recycling Partnership applauds the passage of California’s SB 54, a transformational piece of legislation which will help drive circularity for California’s packaging for all material types by creating an extended producer responsibility system that draws from best practices around the world. The new legislation will help to sustain, improve and expand recycling access, fund advancements in infrastructure, advance recycling education, and support local recycling programs.

At The Recycling Partnership, we recognize that only bold systemic change will drive the future we want to see. This historic legislation will have far-reaching effects, including making packages sold on store shelves more recyclable, informing Californians about what and how to recycle, and helping to provide critically needed feedstock to create new products out of recycled content for all materials, while providing a sustainable funding source to improve California’s recycling system.

The process that produced this landmark legislation – including nine months of collaboration among communities, industry groups, environmental organizations, and leading policymakers, working countless hours for the purpose of unlocking the circular economy for California– is something that should be celebrated and replicated across the country.  The Recycling Partnership looks forward to continuing the work of bringing stakeholders together to find solutions that are unique to each state, as part of our three-year goal to collect more than 1 billion pounds of recyclables each year, improve systems for hard-to-recycle items, and accelerate the recyclability of packaging – all to improve the environment now and for future generations.”