This bill establishes product stewardship program for plastic packaging and plastic food serviceware.
Unlike hazardous stewardship programs, this programs is far reaching so a concise organization isn’t possible making it an over reach for government. General fund will continuously appropriates moneys in fund to Department of Environmental Quality for purposes of Act. DEQ will collect an annual fee charged to each stewardship organization according to market share.
This is a state run program that is an attack on the food industry and restaurants, plastics covered are plastic packaging; and plastic food serviceware generally intended for single use, including plates, cups, bowls, cutlery or straws. It creates a new enforcement unit that is more than just stewardship for recycling, it calls for compliance of worker health and safety requirements, and maintain a website with authorized product manufacturers and collection sites.
Requires manufacturer and food servers to track and document the fate of covered products. Requires participation to operate in the state.