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CalChamber Cites Key Policy Elements for Recycling in a Circular Economy

Working to find a comprehensive solution to recycling and packaging concerns is a goal shared by the California Chamber of Commerce and its members.

That was the message conveyed this week by CalChamber Senior Policy Advocate Adam Regele in testimony to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

Regele made his comments at the April 26 committee hearing on SB 54 (Allen; D-Santa Monica), explaining the CalChamber’s oppose unless amended position.

Shared Goals

The CalChamber agrees with Senator Ben Allen that it is the responsibility of the Legislature to address deficiencies in the state’s management and recycling of packaging materials through a comprehensive solution, Regele said.

Regele noted that the CalChamber also agrees with the Senator on the necessary components for achieving his vision: source reducing materials where feasible, designing for recyclability, attracting new investments and providing a pathway for enhancing California’s recycling and composting infrastructure, and creating end markets in order to realize a working circular economy.

Impact on Multiple Sectors

Disagreement has arisen, however, on the mechanics, feasibility and implementation of prior versions of the bill, Regele pointed out.

Disputed provisions would have substantial impacts on the state’s food and agriculture sectors, retailers and nearly every sector selling goods to consumers or other businesses.

Over the last two years, Regele commented, discussions have illuminated unintended consequences and regrettable substitutions, plus infrastructure needs and significant costs associated with creating a circular economy, highlighting both the scale of the challenges and the need for further refining the policies.  Read More

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