New California ballot measure would ban Styrofoam food packaging statewide, force industry to reduce plastic litter

A week of storms left trash and plastic debris at the Seal Beach jetty in Seal Beach, CA on Friday, January 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Setting the stage for a major environmental battle over a growing pollution issue, a coalition of environmental groups has qualified a statewide ballot measure that would require plastic packaging sold in California to be recyclable or reusable.

The measure, which will appear on California’s November 2022 ballot, also requires companies that make plastic packaging — everything from fast-food containers to packaging that holds toys and other products inside cardboard boxes — to reduce

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