Cal Recycle (the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery) has proposed significant changes to its regulations of rigid plastic packaging containers (“RPPC”) . These regulations apply to RPPCs with a capacity of between eight (8) ounces and five (5) gallons with exceptions for food and medical containers. Such containers must be sourced reduced or have a minimum post-consumer recycled content. The proposed changes include:
- Include containers that are almost identical to regulated containers. Current regulations eliminated containers with metal handles, and the proposed regulations would include such containers.
- Include any sealed containers. Current regulations included only containers that were capable of multiple re-closures, and the proposed regulations would include containers capable of at least one closure although containers without a lid (such as a garden pot) would remain excluded from regulation.
- Changes to the formulas used to calculate compliance.
- Changes to the selection process for companies to certify compliance. This process has not yet been defined.