The California Assembly passed AB 1329. Beginning on January 1, 2013, the proposed law would ban the use of retail rigid packaging composed primarily of PVC used to hold, protect or display a product. A year later the ban would extend to flexible PVC packaging. The law would apply to covered containers in “the shape of a sack, pouch, or other packaging shape, including a shrink or stretch wrap.”
The main argument behind the bill is that PVC contaminates plastic recycling streams and that PVC packaging contributes disproportionately to the state’s solid waste burden.
The California Assembly passed the bill on June 4th. The legislation now moves to the California Senate.