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How California Environmental Laws affect food businesses

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Environmental Law

We only have one Earth, and it is full of diverse life forms and resources. As humans living on this planet, we must do our part to care for and protect our environment. Fortunately, California actively champions environmental laws, protecting the state’s natural resources and promoting sustainable practices. These laws impact individuals and businesses alike. If you are in the food industry, here are two typical implementations of environmental regulations for your business.

Safe and sustainable food packaging

California is working to cut down on single-use plastic and packaging waste. The Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act (SB 54) shifts the burden of packaging pollution from consumers to producers. This law ensures that all food packaging manufactured and sold in California is recyclable or compostable. As a food business owner, you must also do your share in reducing packaging pollution by using sustainable food packaging.

Proper waste management

There are two mandatory recycling programs in California. The Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341) requires businesses to segregate their solid wastes accordingly. On the other hand, Mandatory Organics Recycling (AB 1826) requires businesses to manage their organic waste and prevent it from piling up in landfills. Organic wastes include food and food-soiled paper waste, both common in food businesses. Recycling your organic waste can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while producing organic fertilizers that keep the soil healthy.

Environmental laws exist to protect our planet and ensure the health of the people living on it. It affects every industry, including your food business.  While it may add further complexities to your business operations, it is your responsibility as a business owner to help protect the environment. Understanding and complying with these laws would be best to prevent business violations. If you are still unsure how these environmental laws affect your business, seeking the guidance of legal professionals would be a good step in preventing legal problems.