Shaina Brown

Food packaging bill fails deadline

By Shaina Brown

Capitol Update, Feb. 2, 2018

SB 705 (Ben Allen, D-Redondo Beach) failed to pass the Senate by the 2-year bill deadline of January 31st. This bill would prohibit restaurants, retailers, universities, detention facilities and more from using food service packaging made of polystyrene, or foam. It would force restaurants to pay higher supply costs – hurting small mom-and-pop restaurants. Additionally, this ban would significantly impact on manufacturing jobs in California.

CMTA opposed SB 705 and worked in coalition with the California Restaurant Association, American Chemistry Council, and the California Chamber of Commerce to successfully stop the bill. With two weeks left to introduce new bills, it is possible that the issue will return in 2018. View the LA Times article here.



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