The American Lighting Association (ALA) has alerted its members to AB 2026, a bill addressing product packaging in California. The bill is making its way through the legislative process in the State Assembly. Among other things, the bill prohibits a manufacturer, retailer, producer, or other distributor that sells or offers for sale and ships purchased products in or into the state from using expanded or extruded polystyrene to package or transport the products.

In addition, AB 2026 would phase out the use of plastic films, cushioning and other plastic packaging materials in California. This mandate would require large retailers to meet this mandate by January 1, 2024 and small online retailers to do the same by January 1, 2026.

The legislation has broad support in Sacramento, but has impacted industries concerned about increased product damage during shipping. Read the latest version of the bill text.