Drinking water filtrators, plastic straw recycling, and straw collection are the three major areas where California is pushing to ban the use or disposal of plastic water bottles, cups, and other reusable products.
While California has yet to pass a law banning these practices, several other states have already done so.
California is also pushing for a law that would require that all plastic water containers have a cap on their size.
In a letter to the California legislature on March 7, the state’s Department of Public Health and the California State Water Resources Control Board said it “is committed to promoting a water safe environment, which is the foundation of California’s sustainable water supply.”
It also wants to encourage the use and recycling of water bottles and other recyclable products.
The letter, signed by the state Department of Health, the California Department of Water Resources, and the Department of Environmental Quality, also called on the Legislature to approve a water-saving water recycling bill that would help Californians reduce their water consumption.
The California bill would allow water-reusing companies to collect and store plastic waste for up to five years from the time of purchase.
The company would be required to use recycled plastic in all packaging, including bottled water, and pay a $1.00 per pound charge for recycled plastic bottles.
The Department of Energy is also seeking to require the use by private businesses of recycled water bottles for a maximum of 30 days.
The state Department is working on a water recycling law that also includes requirements that water-purifying devices such as rainwater canisters, filters, and shower heads be made of recycled plastic.
The new bill also calls for the recycling of plastic containers in public swimming pools, beaches, and lakes.
The Department of the Environment is also working on legislation that would set standards for water-recycling of plastic bags.
The American Beverage Association (ABCA), which represents the beverage industry, has opposed the bill, saying that it would allow the plastic industry to avoid complying with the Clean Water Act.
The beverage industry is also challenging the state law.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.