How AAA Polymer Can Help You Become SB270 Compliant

By Michael Kralstein | Post Consumer Recycled Resin

Jul 31

Whether you’re a bag manufacturer or a distributor, you’re required to comply with California's Proposition 67 also known as SB270. Specifically, the passage of SB270 or Proposition 67 is a clear rejection of those ubiquitous, thin T-shirt style bags or Thank You bags. Although these bags have been a retail staple for more than 40 years, they pose a significant hazard to wildlife, sea life, and the environment.

Moving forward, single-use bags are banned in California. As of today, every SB270-compliant plastic bag is required to have at least 20% post consumer waste content. However, the minimum post consumer waste content will increase to 40% after January 1, 2020.

Fortunately, AAA Polymer offers SB270-certified Trex Cardinal PCR resin that can be used to help you create compliant bags for your customers. Give us a call at 718-389-2498 or complete our online contact form to learn more about our SB270-certified Trex Cardinal PCR resin. You can also read on to learn how AAA Polymer is helping manufacturers and distributors become compliant with SB270.

Key SB270 Requirements for Bag Producers and Distributors?

In order for your bags to be compliant with SB270, they must meet a range of criteria, including:

  • The bag must contain a minimum of 20% post consumer recycled material.

    • On January 1, 2020 – the bags will be required to contain at least 40% PCR

  • Offer a 15 liter capacity and be designed for at least 125 uses

  • Does not contain cadmium, lead, or any other toxic material

  • The material must be able to be cleaned.

  • The material should be compliant with Federal Regulations on recycling claims

  • The printed text should be on a tag or on the bag – not designed to be removed, includes:

    • Recycling instructions

    • Manufacturing company

    • Manufacturer’s name

    • Statement explaining the bag should be reused for at least 125 times

Public Resources Code Sections 42281, 42281.5 and 42282 provide a complete outline of the requirements for certification for reusable grocery bags.

What Stores Are Covered by the California Bag Ban?

Proposition 67 or SB270 is designed for most retail stores with pharmacies, grocery stores, food marts, convenience stores, and liquor stores.

  1. Self-service, full-line retail stores with $2 million in gross annual sales or more who sell canned goods, dry groceries, or nonfood items as well as some perishable items

  2. Retail locations with at least 10,000 square feet of space generating use tax or sales tax and have a pharmacy

  3. Food marts, convenience food stores, or other businesses that hold a Type 21 or 20 liquor license and engage in the retail sale of a limited line of goods (snack foods, soda, milk, bread, etc.)

  4. Food marts, convenience food stores, or other business that hold a Type 21 or 20 liquor license and engage in the retail sale of goods that are intended to be consumed offsite.

If you distribute or manufacture bags for consumption in the State of California, it's best to get your bags certified for SB270 compliance.

How Can Manufacturers and Distributors Get Certified?

As a bag manufacturer or distributor of plastic bags, you are required to submit your proof of certification to CalRecycle via the RGBS or the Reusable Grocery Bag Reporting System.  Once your certification has been received by the RGBRS, your name and your certified product will be displayed on a list with other approved distributors and manufacturers  — Certified Reusable Grocery Bags and Producers.

How Can AAA Polymer Help Businesses Comply with SB270?

One of the biggest and most essential hurdles for bag manufacturers and distributors is locating plastic resins that meet the SB270 requirements. The bags must meet the current requirement of at least 20% post consumer resin content and have the accompanying certification to prove the resins meet the requirements.

Fortunately, AAA Polymer offers SB270-certified Trex Cardinal Resins, which will simplify the process of getting your actual bag certified. Once you create the bag with the SB270-certified Trex Cardinal resins and ensure it meets the other requirements (usage, printed text on the bag, etc.), you can submit your proof of certification to CalRecycle via the Reusable Grocery Bag Reporting System (RGBRS).

After your certification has been received by the RGBRS, your name and certified product will be displayed on the exhaustive list Certified Reusable Grocery Bags and Producers.

Contact AAA Polymer for SB270-Compliant Bags and Prop 67-Compliant Bags

Since 1974, AAA Polymer has been an expert in plastic film recycling. We applaud California and SB270 for taking the gargantuan step to remove single-use plastic bags from the state. We anticipate other states will follow suit.

However, if you manufacture or distribute plastic bags for any type of business in California, we can help you make sure your bags are in compliance with SB270’s requirement of 20% certified post consumer waste content. Bags that do not meet this requirement can’t be circulated in the state.  

Failure to comply with SB270 can result in fines, but it will almost certainly result in your customers going to a distributor or manufacturer who is able to produce SB270-compliant bags.

Contact AAA Polymer today for Trex Cardinal SB270-compliant bags.

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About the Author

Michael Kralstein started working in sales full time for AAA Polymer in February 2000. In 2006, he became the Sales Manager of our can liner division. He currently manages all aspects related to can liners.

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