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California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Voter Initiative

To reduce plastic pollution through statewide law to reduce single-use plastic and promote recycling of existing plastic.

Updated July 2021

The Surfrider Foundation is excited to announce that the Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber has certified the qualification of the California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Voter Act, confirming that it will appear in the November 2022 California ballot! This comprehensive voter initiative will be taken up by California voters at the statewide ballot for the general election on November 8, 2022. A vote for the initiative will reduce plastic pollution, restore and protect environments harmed by plastic pollution, and increase recycling. 

This ballot initiative would require producers of single-use plastic packaging and foodware to take several steps to minimize plastic pollution. These steps include:

  • ensuring these producers transition to reusable, refillable, recyclable, or compostable packaging and foodware by 2030;

  • placing requirements on producers to source reduce single-use plastic packaging and single-use plastic foodware sold in or into California to the maximum extent possible, and by no less than twenty-five percent (25%) by 2030;

  • requiring producers to use recycled content and renewable materials;

  • establishing mechanisms for consumer access to recycling, including take-back programs;

  • establishing and enforcing labeling standards to support proper sorting of discarded items;  

  • ban the use of polystyrene food containers by food vendors; and

  • establish a Plastic Pollution Reduction Fee on producers of all single-use plastic packaging and single-use plastic foodware of no more than $0.01 per item.

Surfrider supports this statewide effort to reduce single-use plastics. 

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