Overhauling California’s recycling market requires a balance of the right mandates with a compliance pathway, California Chamber of Commerce Policy Advocate Adam Regele told legislators yesterday at an informational joint hearing on plastic use in California.
The joint hearing, held by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and Recycling Select Committee, focused mostly on the problems plastic pollution has on communities and the natural environment, with some Committee-selected panelists suggesting increasing recycling fees or banning plastic single use packaging.
Regele testified that the CalChamber wants to be part of the solution that provides business with a compliance pathway. He emphasized that in order to create a circular economy in California, there needs to be statewide standardization that provides predictability for companies to design and invest towards. The current patchwork of local requirements and approaches to recycling is incongruous with a statewide approach and the broader state objective of scaling the program beyond California’s borders, he said.