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NJ: Plastic and Paper Bag Ban Passed by Lawmakers,Heads to Murphy
09.24.2020

The days appear to be numbered for plastic bags in the Garden State. State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would limit the use of single-use plastic bags, paper bags, plastic straws and polystyrene...

Ohio Bill Banning Local Bans on Plastic Bags Headed to Gov. Mike DeWine’s Desk
09.23.2020

The Ohio House on Wednesday passed a bill blocking Cuyahoga County and other local governments from banning plastic bags and other single-user containers, sending the the measure to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk for his signature....

Rising Shoplifting After Japan's Plastic Bag Tax Prompts Rethink of Personal Bag Rules
08.30.2020

As customers increasingly bring their own bags to stores in response to the levy on plastic bags that began in July, guidelines for their use are being advocated to prevent shoplifting. Earlier this month, a...

DEC Turns Down Permit Request for Waste-to-Energy Plant in Rensselaer
08.12.2020

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has denied solid-waste and air-emission permits for a proposed waste-to-energy facility that would go on the site of the former BASF chemical plant. And while opponents say the permit...

Tackle Flexible Plastic Packaging Now or Risk Missing UK Plastics Pact Targets, Urges WRAP
07.14.2020

Urgent cross-sector action is required to develop a recycling system for soft flexible plastic packaging, like plastic bags and wrapping, according to WRAP. The call to action comes as the sustainability not-for-profit, which leads The...

Plastic Bag Bans are Back, and Retailers are Scrambling to Restock Alternatives
07.13.2020

Restrictions on single-use plastic bags in dozens of municipalities are now back in effect after being suspended by the state for nearly four months. But retailers are hoping cities and towns will delay the enforcement...

Judge’s Ruling Means Plastics Initiative Likely Going to Voters
07.08.2020

A California court has given proponents of a California plastic waste initiative more time to gather signatures, all but assuring it will make the ballot, according to supporters. The proposed statewide initiative was submitted last...

Germany Bans Single-use Plastic Straws, Food Containers
06.24.2020

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
06.24.2020

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,...

Efforts to Rescue Recycling Complicated by Coronavirus
06.17.2020

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...

Group Blasts Brand Owners Over Plastic Pollution
06.17.2020

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,...

City Poised to Decide on Plastic Bag Ban, Exit From Recycling Business
06.07.2020

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
06.05.2020

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
06.02.2020

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
05.29.2020

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
05.19.2020

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
05.02.2020

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...

With EPR Bills Frozen Due to Coronavirus in Many States, Proponents Still See Path Forward
04.24.2020

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...

California Lifts Ban on Plastic Bags Amid Virus Concerns
04.24.2020

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.

COVID-19 Fallout Prompts Veto of Recycled-content Bill
04.08.2020

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...

Fighting Back Against Anti-Plastics Legislation
03.26.2020

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...

DOE Funds Plastics Recycling Research, Launches Upcycling Consortium
03.19.2020

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...

COVID-19 Forces Maine to Suspend Plastic Bag Ban
03.19.2020

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
03.19.2020

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
03.19.2020

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
03.19.2020

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...

Plastics Market Outlook: Conflicting Calls to Action
02.25.2020

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
02.12.2020

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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