Plastics Information and Resources
Final degradable plastics report will be presented at the Board's
Market Development and Sustainability Committee meeting Nov. 7,
Information about Recycling Plastic Carryout Bags (AB 2449) is
California is faced with the daunting challenge of managing millions
of tons of postconsumer plastic annually generated in the state.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board's (CIWMB) 2003
Waste Characterization Study found that plastic film, packaging
containers, durable goods, and other plastic items make up 9.5
percent, or 3.8 million tons, of the disposed waste stream in
California. However, plastic is only recycled at about a 5 percent
The characteristics that increasingly make plastic the manufacturing
and packaging material of choice, i.e. light weight, durable,
less expensive, also make it a challenge to collect and recycle.
Plastic materials when released into the environment can also
be a visual blight and harmful to wildlife. Nor does plastics
debris degrade in the environment; instead it tends to accumulate,
creating long-term environmental problems.
The CIWMB is actively working toward developing more comprehensive
solutions for managing plastic materials, and to mitigate for
the adverse environmental impacts associated with plastic discards
by effectively implementing its mandatory plastic programs. For
more information, please read about our priority programs and
initiatives and/or see the links to
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