Beyond Plastic

Bill to eliminate plastic packaging in online retail heads to Assembly floor

Photo credit: Ryan Selsor

Today, the California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations approved Assembly Bill 2026 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman, which would eliminate single-use plastic used in online retail. 

This legislation tackles plastic waste generated by the  foam peanuts, bubble wrap, and plastic envelopes that online retailers ship to our homes.  Most of that plastic can’t be recycled, so that pile ends up clogging landfills, littering our communities or polluting the environment. With online shopping on the rise,  e-commerce companies generated 600 million pounds of plastic waste nationally in 2020 alone.

CALPIRG commends the Assembly Appropriations Committee for approving this important legislation to change the way online retail is shipped in our state.  The bill now heads to the Assembly floor where it needs to be voted on my May 27th to stay active this year. 

Tell your state lawmakers to vote yes on AB 2026. 

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