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CARE reaches legal settlement with California regulators

Published: March 31, 2021
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Old carpet cut and rolled for disposal.

California regulators had fined the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), accusing the stewardship group of failing to improve carpet recycling performance over several years. | optimarc/Shutterstock

A stewardship group will pay over $1 million in penalties for failing to meet California’s carpet recycling requirements, according to state officials.

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Federal plastics proposal returns this week

Published: March 24, 2021
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Legislation to be reintroduced will include provisions for a national bottle bill and a ban on certain single-use plastic items. | S-F/Shutterstock

Two members of Congress will revive the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, which includes a national container deposit system and other sweeping changes. Representatives from the plastics industry have countered the push.

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Expansive EPR proposal is back in play in California

Published: March 17, 2021
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Pile of mixed single use plastics.

California Assembly Bill 842 requires that by 2035, all single-use plastic packaging and products distributed in California include 75% post-consumer recycled content. | Kanittha Boon/Shutterstock

California legislators introduced a bill that creates a packaging stewardship organization and adds packaging fees paid by producers. The bill is the latest in a flurry of plastics-related legislative activity in the state.

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Recycling policy continues to churn in statehouses

Published: February 17, 2021
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Massachusetts is the latest state to propose extended producer responsibility for packaging, the largest component of the residential recycling stream. | Thanatos Media/Shutterstock

An expansive packaging stewardship proposal was recently introduced in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, a bill providing state assistance to bolster recycling markets has cleared both legislative chambers in Maryland.

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State lawmakers nationwide begin coordinated push for EPR

Published: February 3, 2021
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Lawmakers in Oregon have joined those in eight other states for a coordinated effort around the country to advocate for EPR policies. | Nadia Yong/Shutterstock

Legislators in nine states spanning the U.S. will collaborate to push extended producer responsibility policies for plastic packaging. They said their joint actions will carry more weight than a single legislative effort.

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Recycling operators sound off on packaging EPR

Published: December 23, 2020
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Sorted household recyclables.

Packaging EPR programs are currently in place in parts of Europe, Canada and elsewhere, but to date, this system hasn’t reached the U.S. | Skylines/Shutterstock

Extended producer responsibility for a wide range of recyclables is gaining steam around the country. Haulers and facility operators say it’s critical that these proposals are crafted well – both to preserve what already works and allow for much-needed changes.

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Pacific Northwest states ponder paper and packaging EPR

Published: September 30, 2020
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Household recycling bin with various packaging.

A committee in Oregon envisions a uniform statewide “accepted recyclables list,” as well as “truth-in-labeling” requirements, which would require packaging to have accurate labeling indicating whether it should be recycled, composted or disposed of in the trash. | emmavgerard/Shutterstock

A multi-stakeholder group in Oregon is urging state leaders to implement an extended producer responsibility program for printed paper and packaging. In Washington, officials are developing recommendations to reduce plastic packaging waste.

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Carpet recovery developments in California

Published: September 16, 2020
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Carpets rolled for recycling.

During the second quarter of 2020, CARE held the recycling rate steady at 19.8% in California. | optimarc/Shutterstock

California’s carpet recycling program achieved a substantial increase in the recycling rate last year, but the number still fell short of a target in state law.

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Expansive plastic waste bill fails again

Published: September 2, 2020
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Various single-use plastic packaging on a table.

Senate Bill 54 would have tasked state regulators with developing and adopting rules requiring all single-use packaging and “priority single-use products” sold in California to be recyclable or compostable by 2032. | SerPhoto/Shutterstock

For the second straight year, a California proposal that had broad recyclability goals did not make it through the legislature.

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