A push by lawmakers in California for 75 percent recycled content in PET bottles is moving some in the plastics bottling and beverage industries to sign on to something that’s previously been hard for them to accept: government-mandated recycled content in bottles.
As California’s Legislature considers several tough new plastic waste laws, a trio of industry groups — the Plastic Recycling Corp. of California (PRCC), the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and the American Beverage Association (ABA) — are telling lawmakers they are OK with a broad-based law requiring recycled content. Just not at the 75 percent level legislators want.
“We support the mandatory recycled [content] approach in this bill,” said Mike Knudsen, a Sacramento, Ca.-based lobbyist for IBWA. “That’s relatively new for us. This is a very challenging issue, and our primary objection to the bill is it’s just too much, too fast.”
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