Recycling is about to become really, really important in California where Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that will require plastic beverage bottles to hit 50 percent recycled content by 2030, creating what he termed the "world's strongest recycled content standards."
The state Legislature approved the bill in August. The bill would apply to all plastic beverage containers in the state's bottle deposit program. It phases in post-consumer content requirements, starting at 15 percent in 2022 and rising to 25 percent in 2025.
In signing it Sept. 24, Newsom linked the legislation to other bills focused on climate conditions.
“California has long led the way on bold solutions in the climate space, and the steps we take today bring us closer to our ambitious goals,” Newsom said in a news release. “I thank the Legislature for taking these important steps to protect the planet and public health.”
Mark Murray, executive director of the environmental organization Californians Against Waste, said the group has "strong support" for the move.
“Real plastic recycling isn't finished when people take plastic bottles to recycling centers. It only happens when manufacturers convert the material from those bottles into new products," Murray said in a statement. "This new law represents an essential step toward achieving a circular economy."