SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — California regulators say they will not take more enforcement action against six companies that have made their packaging more environmentally friendly to meet the state's rigid-plastic container law.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board announced April 24 that it is satisfied with the actions taken by Dietzgen LLC of Palatine, Ill.; Loctite Corp. of Rocky Hill, Conn.; Masterchem Industries Inc. of Antonia, Mo.; 3M Co. of St. Paul, Minn.; Pep Boys of Philadelphia; and Toro Co. of Bloomington, Minn. The law requires companies to source reduce, use recycled content or take some other action, since California's overall plastics recycling rate is now below 25 percent.
The Sacramento-based board also decided that Pennzoil/Quaker State Co. of Houston, while not completing its agreement, is making substantial progress and will get an extension, said spokeswoman Roni Java.
The companies took varied approaches:
Dietzgen switched to containers with 25 percent post-consumer plastic.
Loctite source-reduced by 12 percent.
Masterchem containers use 28 percent post-consumer plastic.
3M source-reduced 11 percent or used 30 percent post-consumer plastic.
Pep Boys now uses 26 percent post-consumer plastic in its containers.
Toro was able to use 25 percent post-consumer plastic in many of its containers, but was not able to bring its 20-ounce motor oil containers into compliance, the board said. Toro conducted tests but found that using post-consumer plastic or making those containers lighter weight led to leaks, so the board found the firm essentially in compliance and voted to take no further action against Toro, Java said.
For Pennzoil, the board said the company uses in the aggregate 24.8 percent post-consumer plastic, just shy of the required 25 percent. The company fully cooperated and included data for all its subsidiaries voluntarily, the board said. The board anticipates Pennzoil will be in compliance in the future, Java said.