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ACC Applauds Passage of California Legislation to Address Plastic Waste Exports

Matthew Kastner

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 7, 2021) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) applauds the California Legislature for passing AB 881, legislation authored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), which strengthens requirements to help ensure that only plastics which are truly recycled are included within California’s recycling metrics. ACC supported AB 881 throughout the legislative process and urges Governor Gavin Newsom (D) to sign the bill. 

“ACC and its member companies are committed to eliminating plastic waste in our environment,” said Joshua Baca, vice president for plastics at ACC. “AB 881 supports this objective by establishing a more accurate baseline of recycling rates for industry and government to take further action, including increasing access to waste collection and recycling; supporting deployment of technologies, such as advanced recycling, to increase the circularity of plastics; and supporting innovation in product and packaging design to improve recyclability and increase the use of recycled materials in new packaging,” said Baca.

ACC recently announced Five Actions for Sustainable Change to accelerate a more circular economy for plastics. Proposed Action Three, developing a national recycling standard, depends on accurate data reporting and reliable metrics, which AB 881 will greatly improve in California and lay the groundwork for a more circular economy nationally.

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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