California bill targets waste from online shopping

AB2026, the additional bill, seeks to reduce the amount of single-use plastic packaging and filler material that online retailers commonly use while shipping their products. The bill was approved by the state Assembly in May and is being considered by the Senate’s appropriations committee, where it faces a crucial deadline in less than two weeks.

Senators are weighing AB2026 after the Legislature already endorsed a much broader plastic-reduction measure, SB54, that was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in late June. SB54 gives manufacturers 10 years to make sure that plastic packaging and food ware items can be recycled, composted or reused. They also have to cut back the amount of plastic they generate to begin with.

But State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, said Saturday that AB2026 is still needed so California can specifically address the issue of plastic waste from online retail.