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Public Resources Code - PRC


  ( Division 30 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1096, Sec. 2. )

PART 3. STATE PROGRAMS [42000 - 42999]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1096, Sec. 2. )

CHAPTER 5.5. Plastic Packaging Containers [42300 - 42345]

  ( Chapter 5.5 added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 769, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 3. Penalties, Regulations, and Report [42320 - 42327]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 769, Sec. 1. )


Any entity required to make a certification pursuant to this chapter may be audited by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 769, Sec. 1.)


If any entity provides the board with a false or misleading certificate pursuant to this chapter, the board, within 30 days of making this determination, shall refer the provider of the false or misleading certificate to the Attorney General for prosecution for fraud.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 769, Sec. 1.)


(a) A container manufacturer who sells a rigid plastic packaging container to a manufacturer and who submits a certification to the manufacturer, for purposes of this chapter, shall not provide any false or misleading information. A container manufacturer who submits to a manufacturer a certification with false or misleading information is subject to the same penalties and fines that are imposed upon a manufacturer that does not comply with Sections 42321 and 42322.

(b) Notwithstanding Sections 42321 and 42322, a manufacturer is not subject to any fine or penalty for not complying with this chapter as a result of the submittal of false or misleading information by a container manufacturer to the manufacturer with regard to a container sold to that manufacturer.

(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 666, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2006.)


(a) Any violation of this chapter is a public offense punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000).

(b) In addition to the penalty specified under subdivision (a), any violation of this chapter may be subject to a civil penalty assessed by the board of not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for each violation, pursuant to a notice and hearing procedure that conforms with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(c) The total annual fines or penalties assessed upon a violator of this chapter shall not exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000).

(d) The board shall annually publish a list by July 1 setting forth any fines or penalties that have been levied against a violator of this chapter in the preceding calendar year, for failure to comply with the requirements of this chapter.

(e) The board shall deposit all penalties or fines paid pursuant to this section into the Rigid Container Account, which is hereby created in the Integrated Waste Management Fund in the State Treasury. The moneys deposited in the Rigid Container Account shall be expended by the board, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to assist local governmental agencies to develop and implement collection and processing systems for the recycling of materials that are subject to this chapter, for the development of markets for these materials, and for the board’s costs of implementing this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 406, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2002.)


Proprietary information included in part of a report or certificate submitted to the board pursuant to this chapter shall not be made available to the general public.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 769, Sec. 1.)


The board shall adopt regulations to implement this chapter. These regulations shall include, but shall not be limited to, all of the following:

(a) Procedures for certifying compliance with Article 2 (commencing with Section 42310), including a requirement that product manufacturers include in their specifications for rigid plastic packaging containers a requirement that the packaging manufacturer certify that the rigid plastic packaging containers comply with this chapter.

(b) Procedures for considering and granting waivers pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 42330).

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 561, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2005.)


In developing the regulations required by Section 42325, the board shall consult with representatives of the manufacturers affected by this chapter, with representatives of environmental organizations, and other interested parties.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 561, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 2005.)


The board may expend funds from the Integrated Waste Management Account to implement this chapter, upon appropriation by the Legislature.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 769, Sec. 1.)

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