Here's an unexpected gift for the plastics industry from California: Gov. Gavin Newsom ended the legislative year with a veto on some sustainability measures involving plastics.
Those vetoes included a measure that would have banned plastic gift cards.
Senate Bill 728 would have prohibited the sale and distribution of the cards after January 2027 with a fine of up to $100 per day.
"While I support the … goal to reduce our reliance on single-use plastic materials, I am concerned that an outright ban without any incentives for compliance will disproportionately impact the state's small business community as digital gift cards may not be a feasible option for many businesses or consumers," Newsom said in an Oct. 8 letter that accompanied his veto.
While Newsom had signed Senate Bill 54 in 2022 — a measure aimed at increasing recycling and putting in place an extended producer responsibility system for packaging in California — this year he went against measures that would have added to regulations.
In most cases, the website packagingdive.com noted, Newsom pointed to what he termed unneeded extra regulations when SB 54 is still in the process of being implemented.