Enactment date: Jan. 1, 2024
The law adds certain wine and distilled spirits bottles to the state’s container redemption program and establishes a 10-cent redemption value on most of the bottles. It also creates a 25-cent refund on “difficult to recycle” wine packaging, including boxes, bladders, pouches and similar plastic containers.
Other provisions in the bill provide millions of dollars in market development initiatives, grants for recycled glass and funding for local programs aimed at collecting more containers.
CalRecycle will create three new grant programs: one for the use of glass cullet in new bottles, one for pilots for glass collection bins at restaurants and other retail locations, and one to encourage rail transportation to move empty glass containers to processing facilities.
CalRecycle will also fund curbside and neighborhood drop-off programs, municipal and county recycling and litter cleanup activities, statewide recycling education and other community recycling initiatives.
Large haulers like Recology, Republic Services and WM supported the bill, as did environmental groups like Californians Against Waste. Glass processor Strategic Materials and big names in bottling like Anheuser-Busch and Ball Corp. also supported the bill.
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