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California ‘Forever Chemical’ Compostables Ban Advances (1)

May 28, 2021, 6:35 PM

Compostable plastic products couldn’t be sold in California if they contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), under a bill the state Assembly approved Friday.

In addition to the PFAS ban, AB 1201 would prohibit sales of plastic products labeled “compostable,” “home compostable,” or “soil biodegradable “ unless they meet certain standards set by the state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

PFAS are a family of more than 5,000 chemicals widely used in consumer products like takeout containers because they are water-, stain- and grease-resistant. But those qualities mean the chemicals don’t break down easily in water and have been ...

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