Scrap Beat

by Scrap Magazine | Oct 06, 2020

California Law Requires More Recycled Content in Plastic Beverage Containers

A new law in California will require plastic beverage containers to contain increasing amounts of recycled material over the next 10 years.

Companies that produce beverage bottles sold in the state must use at least 15% postconsumer recycled plastic in their bottles by 2022, 25% by 2025, and 50% by 2030, according to the text of the bill. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Sept. 25.

Beginning March 1, 2024, plastics recyclers in the state must also report the amount and type of recycled beverage containers they collect and sell each year by weight. Manufacturers of postconsumer recycled plastic will have to report the amount of food-grade flake, pellet, and other forms of recycled resin they sell each year, along with their capacity to produce such plastic, according to the bill.

The law is meant to reduce plastic pollution, boost the local market for postconsumer plastic, and reduce California’s reliance on foreign markets for its recycled materials, the bill states. It cites the impact of China’s 2018 import policy changes had on the state, when China banned imports of mixed paper and some types of recycled plastic and imposed strict contamination limits on imports of other recycled material.

California already has minimum recycled content requirements for glass bottles, rigid plastic packaging containers, newsprint and plastic bags, it says. Visit