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Bill to Combat Tobacco Waste Passes California Senate

June 6, 2019

Via: Waste360

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s (D-Santa Barbara, Calif.) legislation to combat tobacco waste in the oceans, beaches and other waterways by establishing a comprehensive tobacco waste reduction program passed off the Senate floor recently in a 25 to 9 vote. Cigarette butts are the most common litter item found on beaches and roadsides, amounting to more than a third of total waste found during coastal cleanup events.

Senate Bill 424 addresses tobacco waste by banning the sale of single-use tobacco products and requiring multiuse tobacco products to be recyclable or collected for take-back by tobacco product manufacturers. Under the bill, manufacturers may form a stewardship organization to take back multiuse tobacco products.

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