Regulation


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    US Plastics Pact releases new road map with 2030 plastics targets

    The new goals look very similar to those in the original road map, with a couple additions and a deadline extended from 2025 to 2030. Participants made progress on the 2025 goals but were unlikely to all meet the original targets.

    By June 11, 2024
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    After late push, New York packaging EPR bill runs out of time

    The proposed legislation would have also set plastic reduction thresholds and banned certain toxic substances. The long-contested bill was opposed by some of the same groups that supported a packaging EPR law in Minnesota.

    By Megan Quinn , June 10, 2024
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    Ardagh, USW notch win in ongoing glass wine bottle import review

    The U.S. Glass Producers Coalition petitioned on the issue last December. More determinations from the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission are expected in the coming months on China, Mexico and Chile.

    By June 7, 2024
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    Colorado’s PRO names executive director to manage state’s EPR rollout

    Meanwhile, Circular Action Alliance says it's still looking to hire for similar roles in Oregon and California.

    By Megan Quinn • June 6, 2024
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    4 talking points at Circularity on the path forward for packaging

    To scale change, experts brought up the need for more precompetitive collaboration and the desire to move beyond pilots, among other themes.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Packaging EPR compromises met with apprehension and hope

    Leaders from Circular Action Alliance, The Recycling Partnership, American Beverage and Upstream talked Minnesota’s new EPR law and upcoming challenges and opportunities amid a patchwork of regulations.

    By May 29, 2024
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    California legislators advance bills to limit plastic bags and PFAS, update EPR

    Multiple bills with packaging implications survived a key legislative deadline last week and have momentum as lawmakers work to wrap up their session over the summer.

    By , Megan Quinn • Updated May 29, 2024
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    Minnesota becomes 5th US state with packaging EPR law

    Gov. Tim Walz signed a budget bill that includes language to set up an extended producer responsibility system. A producer responsibility organization is set to be appointed by January 2025.

    By , Megan Quinn • Updated May 23, 2024
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    Litter audit data could drive more litigation and policy, experts say

    A recent analysis identified Coca-Cola as the source of 11% of all branded plastic found in litter surveyed globally. This type of data is part of growing transparency around packaging outcomes.

    By May 22, 2024
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    Packaging EPR legislation with ‘shared responsibility’ model sent to Minnesota governor

    Minnesota could soon become the fifth state to enact such a law. A PRO would be appointed by next year. Ameripen described the legislation as “a fair compromise.”

    By May 21, 2024
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    New York state recycling needs assessment published amid push to pass EPR

    The first phase of the needs assessment, conducted by RRS for the Center for Sustainable Materials Management, shows more material in the state can be recovered, possibly through an EPR program, but more data is needed.

    By Megan Quinn • May 16, 2024
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    // EU packaging regs advance

    EU Parliament votes in favor of PPWR

    A vote Wednesday advances approval of the sweeping packaging rules, but finalization isn’t expected until after a new Parliament is elected later this year.

    By April 24, 2024
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    Colorado legislature greenlights ‘medium’ scenario for EPR implementation

    A revised needs assessment showed that the producer-funded program cost could range between $190 million and $310 million come 2035. The recycling rate could reach 58% by that year, an estimate shows.

    By April 22, 2024
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    CMI weighs in on Biden’s call for tariff increases

    Trade with China is a key issue ahead of the 2024 presidential election. The Can Manufacturers Institute says the Biden administration should take greater action to mitigate impacts from steel and aluminum imported goods.

    By April 19, 2024
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    Illinois Senate approves bill targeting single-use plastic at hotels

    Similar legislation requiring hotels to eliminate small plastic toiletry bottles has passed in Washington, California and New York.

    By Jenna Walters • April 15, 2024
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    Circular Action Alliance is lone PRO to submit program plan for Oregon EPR

    The brands-led group, which is already active in Colorado, California and Maryland, is eyeing end-of-year approval for its plan as 2025 recycling changes loom.

    By April 3, 2024
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    Federal judge dismisses $600M environmental lawsuit against Graphic Packaging

    The judge did not believe the plaintiffs’ attorney made a convincing case that GPI and government officials harmed residents of Kalamazoo, Michigan, with toxic emissions. Now, that attorney faces possible punishment.

    By March 19, 2024
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    EPA limits for fine particulate matter emissions rattle packaging industry, prompt appeal

    Changes to the PM 2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards could affect multiple states. The American Chemistry Council, American Forest & Paper Association and others recently petitioned for legal review.

    By April Reese • March 19, 2024
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    Questions remain after FDA says market phase-out complete for PFAS in paper food packaging material

    The agency said certain grease-proofing substances used on wrappers and containers are no longer being sold by manufacturers for food contact in the U.S. Others credited state leadership on the issue for driving change.

    By March 15, 2024
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    California opens public comment period on draft EPR regulations

    The public comment period will run until April 23, when CalRecycle will host a public hearing. The agency estimates more than 13,000 producers would be affected by the regulation.

    By March 12, 2024
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    Maine’s latest EPR draft rules spur requests for more details

    Stakeholders at a hearing last week asked for a more comprehensive needs assessment, as well as more technical help for municipalities and flexibility for producers. Ameripen and AF&PA weighed in.

    By Megan Quinn • March 11, 2024
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    Trade groups and state AGs debate GSA’s approach to minimize single-use plastic purchases

    Multiple groups with different viewpoints called for rewrites of a proposed rule, many seeking a more nuanced, less material-specific approach. GSA serves as the federal government’s procurement arm.

    By March 11, 2024
  • 5 themes from the Senate hearing on packaging EPR

    The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works gathered voices from SC Johnson, Ameripen and World Wildlife Fund.

    By March 7, 2024
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    SEC approves final climate disclosure rule, starts compliance countdown

    The rule passed by a 3-2 vote Wednesday morning, absent requirements for scope 3 reporting and slimmer scope 1 and scope 2 requirements.

    By Lamar Johnson • March 7, 2024
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    EU packaging regs advance

    EU packaging waste regulation nears final steps

    A deal between the European Council and Parliament on the heavily lobbied regulation would still have to be formally adopted. It introduces a restriction on food packaging containing certain PFAS, among other updates.

    By March 5, 2024