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PLASTICS Industry Statement on Passage of California Senate Bill 54

PLASTICS Industry Statement on Passage of California Senate Bill 54

Plastics Industry Association President and CEO, Matt Seaholm, issued the following statement today in response to the passage of California Senate Bill 54:

“The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is disappointed that, in the end, we cannot support today’s signed version of Senate bill 54.

“The plastics industry remained dedicated to a final compromise bill that we could get behind, supportive of a circular approach to eliminating plastic waste, which we, unfortunately, do not feel this bill accomplishes. However, Senate Bill 54 presents opportunities to continue to work to solve the recycling issues in the state of California in a way that a ballot initiative would not. Should momentum on a number of these policy provisions occur in the coming years that potentially address remaining concerns, this legislation may prove to be a program our industry could get behind.

“We will continue to advocate on behalf of our members, their customers, and stress the value that plastics provides to the businesses and citizens of California. Working with policymakers and other stakeholders, I’m hopeful we will ultimately reach environmental solutions for California.

“The PLASTICS industry is committed to product design, technology and manufacturing with a focus on sustainable products, designed for recycling and sustainability.”

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $395 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy and the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit


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