Changes to Existing California’s RPPC Law, Increased Enforcement

May 01, 2013 | in Corporate News

by Jad Darsey

There has been a recent change to an old California state law. Many are aware of this but we thought a non-lawmaker’s version would be helpful. Jad Darsey, TricorBraun’s Director of Sustainability & Plastics, has provided the following information.

The RPPC is not a new regulation. The original law has been in place since 1991. The law requires that if you are selling, or offering for sale, a product in CA that you register your product and package and then and then work towards getting it certified to be in compliance. Hazardous chemicals and containers regulated by the FDA are exempt.

What has changed about the law is that it now contains buckets with metal (non-plastic) handles and non-food clamshells. Basically the 1st and 4th bullet under criteria below were modified to include the potions in parentheses. California simply closed a loop hole for these specific packages and those similar in design. It is estimated that this change will affect ~400MM containers and drive demand for ~20MM pounds of PCR.

The closing of this loop hole has driven awareness of an often unenforced law. (The lack of enforcement that makes a lot of companies think that it is a new law.)With fines of up to $100,000 this is not to be taken lightly.

Packages that are included in the regulation fit the following criteria:

  • is made entirely of plastic (except for incidental portions of the packaging),
  • has a relatively inflexible shape or form,
  • has a minimum capacity or volume of eight (8) ounces up to a maximum capacity or volume of five (5) gallons,
  • is capable of at least one closure (including closure during the manufacturing process), and
  • holds a product that is sold or offered for sale in California.

In order to be in compliance:

  • The container is at least 10 percent source reduced, as defined.
  • The container is comprised of at least 25 percent recycled content.
  • The container is refillable or reusable at least five times, as defined.
  • The container has a 45% recycling rate for either particular type or product specific containers.

TricorBraun is vastly experienced in the use of PCR and light weighting containers. These are goals we can help our customers achieve.

For more information please go here.

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Plastics/RPPC/

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