Governor Issues Extension of Executive Orders on Recycling; Suspension of Single-Use Bag Ban Expires
June 25, 2020
On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-70-20 which continues waivers that allow for a temporary pause of in-store redemption of beverage containers to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order also extends the temporary suspension of requirements for recycling centers to hold a minimum number of hours of operation. Monday’s order provided for an extension of the Governor’s previous executive order, Executive Order N-54-20, which went in to effect April 22nd.
Monday’s executive order did not extend the suspension of the state’s single-use carryout bag ban and reusable grocery bag fee as required through SB 270’s provisions. That law will now go back into effect for most grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts, and liquor stores. In addition, these stores should now be charging customers when providing reusable grocery bags. CalRecycle suggests that questions regarding enforcement of the law or reports of violations should be directed to the California Attorney General’s Office using its on-line reporting form, or to the local District Attorney, City Attorney, or City Prosecutor’s office where the violation has occurred.
For more information regarding certification of reusable grocery bags, please visit CalRecycle’s website at: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/plastics/carryoutbags