Assemblywoman Allison Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, will bring some fellow legislators to tour the Dart Container plant in Lodi on Tuesday in an effort to try to stop her colleagues from passing a bill that would greatly restrict Styrofoam usage in California.
The tour, which will begin at 2 p.m., is part of Huber's efforts to try to stop Senate Bill 568 from reaching the governor's desk.
The bill, authored by Senator Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, states that unless there are strict regulations in place that allow a city or county to be able to recycle Styrofoam food containers, they cannot be manufactured or used in California.
The bill is meant to try to increase waste reduction efforts throughout the state as well as improve marine life for animals who either digest garbage or whose environments have been polluted by waste that has been carelessly dumped into rivers and the ocean.
However, should the bill be passed, Lodi's Dart Container plant could be shut down and roughly 100 jobs could be lost.
"This bill impact real people who need these jobs," said Stevan Allen, spokesperson for a statewide coalition in opposition to the bill. "This bill reaches more than just Dart — it is going to impact restaurants, packaging companies and more."