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Lead Authors: Allen, Skinner, Stern, Wiener

Summary: The United States produces 30 million tons of plastics each year, and the recycling industry, often underfunded by local governments, does not seem equipped to stem this tide. Unused plastics that find their way to oceans and forests have awful effects on the wildlife and natural beauty of those places. SB54 requires producers of single-use plastic packaging to hit certain reduction targets — among them, 75% by 2030 — in an attempt to limit pollutive plastics from contaminating our natural environments. This bill did not receive a vote in the Assembly.