[GRRN] Plastic Content - California Legislation - FYI

RecycleWorlds (anderson@msn.fullfeed.com)
Mon, 17 May 1999 13:31:21 -0500

According to the 5/17/99 Plastics News ("Plastics industry lobbyists
rally against recycling bill," by Roger Renstrom):

"Plastics and packaging interests are mobiling to stop a California
recycling bill that would put food and costmetic packaging back into the
state law on rigid plastic containers.

"The Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved the bill May 10 in
a 7-2 vote. ...

"The legislation would require that 35 percent of all plastic bottles
be recycled...[i]f that goal is not met, manufacturers would have to prove
they use 35 percent content....

"'It's a challenge because we have a Democratic legislature and a
Democratic governor and we don't have many places to stop this bill,' said
Laurie Hansen, director of western region government affairs for the
SPI/APC state government afairs unit in Sacramento.

"The 62 member California Packaging Alliance, a coalition of trade
groups, palstics interests and makers of consumables, opposes the bill,
along with the California Teamsters union and West Coast Protective League.

"Lance Hastings, senior manager of state affairs with the Grocery
Manufacturers of America's western region in Sacramento, heads the industry

"'Food safety is the single most important aspect for our companeis and
conusmers,' Hastings said..."

Peter Anderson
RecycleWorlds Consulting
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Madison, WI 53705-4964
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