APR urges California to sign recycling bill

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today strongly urged California Governor Gavin Newsom to sign a bill into law that it believes will improve and strengthen recycled PET markets across the state.

The bill, called AB 792 Recycling: Plastic Containers: Minimum Recycled Content and Labeling,sets what APR believes are realistic goals to improve the situation.

In a letter to Governor Newsom, APR’s chief executive Steve Alexander wrote: “APR supports recycled content in all PET applications, including PET CRV (California Redemption Value) containers. Recent amendments reflect the critical necessity to base any content requirement levels on pertinent potential supply data. Signing AB 792 is a critical first step to dealing with plastics in the state, and we view this measure as complimentary to the broader goals that will be addressed in SB 54 related to single use packaging.

“APR looks forward to working with the Legislature and the Administration to improve the state’s collection infrastructure.  Further, APR will be advocating for investment in recycling infrastructure, which will ensure the long term goals of the state can be met.”

APR represents more than 90 per cent of the post-consumer plastics recycling capacity in North America.