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California Lawmakers Strike Tentative Deal on Plastic Pollution

June 17, 2022, 10:00 AM

Most takeout containers, disposable cups, and other single-use plastics sold in California would be recyclable or compostable in 10 years under a proposal Thursday in the state legislature.

Environmentalists and the plastics industry have reached a tentative agreement to reduce single-use plastics by 25% in California by 2032. By that year, 65% of covered materials would have to be recycled or composted.

Plastic and resin makers also would pay $500 million a year in environmental mitigation funds, with 60% of those funds directed to helping low-income communities clean up pollution. The remainder ...