EPR still top recycling issue for state policymakers, but plastics and repair laws also on the horizon

State legislators are already hard at work crafting and introducing numerous recycling-related policies in 2023, which some advocates say are critical to accomplishing looming recycling and diversion goals. Extended producer responsibility programs for packaging and other materials are once again a top priority for many states, and each year itContinue Reading

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Producers of single-use plastic packaging and plastic single-use foodservice ware who do business in California must join a producer responsibility organization (PRO) by Jan. 1, 2024 to continue selling, importing, or distributing these materials in that state. The Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act (SB 54) creates theContinue Reading

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Legislators recently spoke about their challenges and successes with EPR legislation. | Banlai/Shutterstock Four state-level elected officials who have worked on extended producer responsibility bills for packaging recently discussed how they became champions of recycling policy and offered tips to help advance legislation. The Product Stewardship Institute’s July 26 webinar,Continue Reading

California Law Creates EPR Program Against Single-Use Plastics

On June 30, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 54 (S.B. 54) or the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act (the Act) into law. The Act establishes an aggressive extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for single-use plastic packaging and plastic single-use food service ware by requiringContinue Reading

Mixed plastic packaging for recycling.

A policy expert offers best practices for designing EPR for packaging. | Marina Onokhina/Shutterstock There seems to be disagreement in the industry – and confusion for the public – on whether or not recycling is “broken.” But regardless of the word we use to describe it, most recycling professionals wouldContinue Reading

Various household packaging and recyclable materials.

Colorado is the third state in the U.S. to pass a packaging extended producer responsibility bill, and the first in the 2022 legislative session. | Arturs Budkevics/Shutterstock While many industry leaders praised the recent passage of a Colorado bill establishing extended producer responsibility for printed paper and packaging, others areContinue Reading

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The introduction of the EPR bill came after lawmakers stripped a prior EPR program out of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s executive budget proposal. | Paul Brady Photography/Shutterstock An extended producer responsibility bill that has the support of environmental activists was recently introduced in New York, while a Colorado EPR bill movedContinue Reading

Unique EPR bills advance in Hawaii, Colorado

Colorado’s Capitol building in Denver. | Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock Colorado and Hawaii are both working to pass extended producer responsibility bills this legislative session that are tailored to fit each state’s needs. A bill intended to match Colorado’s values Colarado’s House Bill 22-1355 passed out of the House Energy and EnvironmentContinue Reading

What the EPR Act of 2022 can mean for businesses

Significant changes are bound to happen to the way manufacturers of products with plastic packaging do business once legislators give final approval to the bills institutionalizing the country’s policy and practice of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). Mandates for cutting plastic waste footprint will be clear and measurable. Producers will haveContinue Reading