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Policies to Modernize Plastics Recycling End 2020 on a High Note

2020 ended on a couple high notes for plastics recycling. One at the state level and another at the federal level. In the run-up to Thanksgiving, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law bipartisan legislation...

Eric Collier Promoted to Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Operations for BW Integrated Systems

BW Integrated Systems, a Barry-Wehmiller packaging company, has promoted Eric Collier to Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Operations. In his six years with the company, Collier has made a significant impact on BW Integrated...

Why Plastic Pollution Is a Producer Responsibility

We're all culprits in the plastic pollution crisis — and that's by design. I was reminded of this recently when I ordered a set of carbon filters for my countertop compost bin. (Like most people,...

Challenges For 2021 Remain Vivid

We are entering a new year that will prove to be as challenging as 2020 for many of the same reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic is reaching its second and third waves worldwide, and the efficacy...

FPA and PSI Reach Agreement on Legislative Elements of an EPR Bill for Packaging and Paper Products

Today, the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), the leading advocate and voice for the growing U.S. flexible packaging industry, and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), a leader of the U.S. product stewardship movement, announced an agreement...

Federal Lawmakers Pass Save Our Seas 2.0

Both chambers of Congress have now passed marine debris prevention legislation, which includes millions of dollars in support to states for recycling and other materials management initiatives. The U.S. Senate on Dec. 1 passed a...

New Jersey Signs Strongest Plastic and Paper Bag Ban in US

On Nov. 4, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed the strongest single-use bag ban in the nation, effectively prohibiting the use of single-use plastic and paper bags in all stores and food service establishments...

FPA Signs Comment Letter to California’s Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling

The undersigned organizations, representing many of California’s leading manufacturers, consumer product companies, and packaging industries are writing to express concern regarding the process by which the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling is...

Trump and Biden Share Some Trade Goals

While the candidates for president diverge sharply in many areas, they share the same goals when it comes to trade and economic policy: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden both want to...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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.

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