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Germany Bans Single-use Plastic Straws, Food Containers

Germany is rolling out bans on the sale of single-use plastic items such as straws, cotton swabs and food containers to reduce plastic waste and environmental pollution. Germany's Cabinet came to a decision Wednesday to...

California Reinstates Bag Ban and PCR Requirements

A single-use plastic bag ban and reusable bag recycled-content mandate is back in force in California. The regulations had been temporarily lifted because of COVID-19. Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 22 signed Executive Order N-54-20,...

Group Blasts Brand Owners Over Plastic Pollution

Environmental advocacy group As You Sow says the largest consumer-facing companies are falling short in the area of plastic pollution reduction. It calls for them to support recycling, among other steps. The Berkeley, Calif.-based group,...

Efforts to Rescue Recycling Complicated by Coronavirus

Lawmakers are looking for ways to aid the struggling recycling industry, but the coronavirus is standing in the way of efforts to stamp down on single-use plastics. The industry was hit hard by a 2018...

City Poised to Decide on Plastic Bag Ban, Exit From Recycling Business

City Council is expected to make two major decisions Monday night affecting the Sault's environmental future. One involves a proposed municipal ban on single-use plastic bags. The other is to agree to a staff target...

FPA Signs Letter in Support of Senator Ernst’s FRNT LINE Act

As representatives of the food and agriculture industry, we ask you to cosponsor a bill that Senator Ernst will soon introduce to provide tax relief to essential workers, including the dedicated and talented men and...

Spain Plans Levy on Non-recyclable Plastic Packaging

Spain aims to collect more than 700 million euros ($810 million) a year with a proposed new tax on non-recyclable plastic packaging, Spanish energy and environment minister Teresa Ribera. The new levy, worth 0.45 euros...

FPA Submits Comments on the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System Proposed Rule

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), which is the voice of U.S. manufacturers of flexible packaging and their suppliers, is troubled by the recent additional Department of Commerce activities concerning the Section 232 aluminum tariffs, particularly...

FPA Sends Letter to Department of Commerce Concerning Section 232 Aluminum Tariffs

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), which is the voice of U.S. manufacturers of flexible packaging and their suppliers, is troubled by the recent additional Department of Commerce activities concerning the Section 232 aluminum tariffs, particularly...

New York Delays Enforcement of Plastic Bag Ban Until June 15

New York State has delayed the enforcement of its controversial plastic bag ban for the third time. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation posted on its website that enforcement of the ban, which went into...

California Lifts Ban on Plastic Bags Amid Virus Concerns

Retailers in California can once again hand out free single-use plastic bags under an executive order announced on Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the latest turn away from reusable bags amid the coronavirus outbreak.

With EPR Bills Frozen Due to Coronavirus in Many States, Proponents Still See Path Forward

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic took hold, legislation aimed at addressing long-running issues around recycling was gaining more attention than it had in decades. But that momentum has stalled now that state legislatures and Congress...

COVID-19 Fallout Prompts Veto of Recycled-content Bill

Washington’s governor vetoed a bill mandating recycled content in beverage containers, citing concerns about the state’s fiscal future given the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed House Bill 2722, which requires manufacturers...

Beware Bug-Breeding Reusable Grocery Bags

City Councilman Mark Gjonaj is rightly pushing to set aside the city’s new 5-cent fee on paper bags at grocery stores and the like in the face of the coronavirus threat. The Bronx Democrat, who...

San Francisco Reverses Ban on Plastic Bags, Now Bars Reusable Totes

San Francisco has reversed its 13-year ban on plastic bags and will now prohibit the reusable bags city leaders once championed because of the coronavirus. The city announced the switch this week as part of...

Fighting Back Against Anti-Plastics Legislation

At the CPA Annual Meeting, FPA President Alison Keane shares how the organization is working to help shape legislation around plastic packaging, rather than just react to it. There is a global war on plastics...

Backlash Grows Against Reusable Grocery Bags as Virus Spreads

Four years after becoming the state’s first municipality to ban the use of plastic bags and impose fees for acquiring others at grocery stores, Cambridge this week issued an emergency order temporarily forbidding the use...

Plastic Bags are the Healthier Option – for Families and the Environment

Recyclable plastic bags don’t pose the potential health risks associated with alternative bags. Hundreds of millions of petroleum based, “non-woven polypropylene” reusable bags are imported from China and other countries each year. These are, by...

Plastic Bag Bans Are the Latest Regulations to Get Tossed During Coronavirus Pandemic

As states rush to lift, waive, or delay regulations that might impede their ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, plastic bag bans are being tossed aside. On Tuesday, Maine's legislature voted to put off...

COVID-19 Forces Maine to Suspend Plastic Bag Ban

It’s part of a growing movement to rollback or suspend such bans. Prohibitions on plastic bags can impact the promo products industry. In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, Maine lawmakers voted this...

FPA Addresses Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

The Flexible Packaging Association issued letters to the White House, all Governors, and Capitol Hill leadership with regard to the need for essential packaging manufacturing during this time of uncertainty, particularly food insecurity and access...

FPA Letter to the National Governors Association on Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

Dear Governors’ Hogan and Cuomo: I am writing on behalf of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) who is the voice of U.S. manufacturers of flexible packaging and their suppliers. Flexible packaging represents over $31 billion...

FPA Letter to the White House on Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

It is of fundamental importance that the industry’s manufacturing facilities stay open and functioning in order to supply the necessary packaging consumer product companies and retailers need to supply goods the public needs through this...

DOE Funds Plastics Recycling Research, Launches Upcycling Consortium

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $25 million in funding for plastics recycling research and development. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is part of the department’s Plastics Innovation Challenge, a comprehensive program...

FPA Letter to Capitol Hill Leadership on Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

FPA requests certain clarity with respect to Federal guidelines and mandates. As you continue to work on Emergency Legislation and stimulus packages in response to the COVID-19 crisis, FPA requests uniformity in distinguishing bans on...

U.S. Department of Homeland Security CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure - Packaging Manufacturing is Included

As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that: “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as...

Plastics Market Outlook: Conflicting Calls to Action

Despite a public and legislative outcry against plastics, the market outlook is strong for plastic film, flexible plastic and rigid plastic applications. Led by increasing use in construction, automotive and electronics, “the global plastics market...

US Recycling Bill Seeks Moratorium on New Crackers, Plastic Plants

A US recycling bill introduced to the nation's legislature includes a temporary moratorium on building new plants that would produce olefins and plastics. The bill, called "The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act" was proposed...

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