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California Enacts ‘Nation-Leading’ Law to Cut Plastic Pollution

The law requires a steep reduction in the amount of single-use plastic packaging produced in the state by 2032.  

Crews picks up trash along the 91 freeway in Anaheim, California, on June 13.

Crews picks up trash along the 91 freeway in Anaheim, California, on June 13.

Photographer: Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty Images

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law one of the country’s strictest rules on single-use plastic packaging, requiring its production to be cut 25% within the next decade. 

The governor’s office touted the new law as “nation-leading,” with measures to hold polluters responsible and cut plastics “at the source.”