CA EPS bill likely in next session
By Henry Leineweber, Resource Recycling
While a bill to ban expanded polystyrene foam containers in California failed to get a final vote before the conclusion of the 2011 legislative session, this is likely not the last we've seen of the bill.
Senate Bill 568, sponsored by State Senator Alan Lowenthal, was placed on the Assembly's Inactive File list before the end of the session, and all expectations are that it will be picked up again when the Legislature reconvenes Jan. 3.
"The money and effort spent to kill this bill was too great to overcome. We simply ran out of time," said Lowenthal, speaking to the Long Beach Press Telegram. "However, I am confident that given the rest of this year to educate the few members we need to get the bill out of the Assembly, we will be successful."
The ban was vigorously opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce and many other businesses in the state. SB 568 would enact a statewide ban on food vendors, restaurants and grocers from distributing single-use EPS food containers after Jan. 1, 2016. An exception would be made for vendors operating in a local jurisdiction that has an EPS recycling program in place by that date. Similarly, schools are not required to comply with the ban until Jan. 1, 2017, and then only if they do not have a recycling program for the containers in place.