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Nation’s first packaging EPR bill is signed into law

Published: July 14, 2021
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Maine state house in Augusta.

Maine’s new law requires packaging producers to fund the recycling of their products. | Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

The governor of Maine has signed legislation establishing extended producer responsibility for packaging materials in the state. It’s the first bill of its kind to become law in the U.S.

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New Jersey lawmakers advance recycled-content mandate

Published: June 30, 2021
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N.J. state capitol.

Legislators in New Jersey approved recycled-content mandates for select plastic products. | Wangkun Jia / Shutterstock

A bill establishing minimum post-consumer recycled plastic use in containers and bags was approved by the New Jersey Senate last week. State lawmakers are also considering a bill easing regulations for chemical recycling operations.

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Maine lawmakers approve first-in-nation packaging EPR bill

Published: June 23, 2021
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Maine lawmakers advanced an EPR bill to the governor. | Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

Legislation creating an extended producer responsibility program for packaging has cleared both the Maine House of Representatives and Senate. It’s the first such bill in the U.S. to make it that far in the legislative process, and it now goes to the state’s governor for a signature.

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Packaging stewardship passes in both Oregon chambers

Published: June 23, 2021
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Oregon lawmakers in both legislative chambers approved an EPR proposal. | Borka Kiss / Shutterstock

This story has been updated following a House of Representatives vote on June 25.

The Oregon House of Representatives approved a bill establishing extended producer responsibility for packaging and overhauling the state’s recycling system Friday afternoon. The bill cleared the Senate earlier this week, and it now goes to the state’s governor for a signature.

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EPR legislation advances in some states, stalls in others

Published: June 16, 2021
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A substantial EPR bill is moving forward in the Oregon legislature. | Grindstone Media Group / Shutterstock

Bills establishing extended producer responsibility for packaging materials were introduced in a handful of states this year. Several have failed to gain traction, but at least two key proposals remain active.

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Lawmakers make moves on plastics recycling-related bills

Published: June 9, 2021
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An expanded list of beverages will be covered in Connecticut’s bottle-deposit program under a new piece of legislation on the governor’s desk. | alexs333 / Shutterstock

Northeast states advanced extended producer responsibility and bottle deposit legislation, but California legislators failed to pass a ban on e-commerce plastic packaging.

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Plastics producers put $25 million into new recycling fund

Published: May 26, 2021
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The Circular Plastics Fund will target both post-consumer and post-industrial PE and PP in the U.S. and Canada. | Gajus / Shutterstock

Dow, LyondellBasell and Nova Chemicals will invest at least $25 million in plastics recycling infrastructure, with a longer-term goal of growing the initiative to $100 million. Continue Reading

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Another state PCR mandate is signed into law

Published: May 19, 2021
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More products could be added into the recycled plastic mandate in the future. | Lisa von Biela / Shutterstock

Washington state has enacted a law requiring post-consumer recycled plastic be included in beverage containers, trash bags and some household products.

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Maine EPR bills differ on producer control

Published: May 12, 2021
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Lawmakers in Maine are considering two bills that each establish extended producer responsibility programs covering packaging of all material types, but with key differences in program management. | Wangkun Jia / Shutterstock

Two state proposals under consideration in the Northeast get at a central question of extended producer responsibility programs for packaging: Should the government or private industry have more control?

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Researchers tout benefits of a US bottle bill

Published: May 5, 2021
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PET bottles for recycling.

Researchers estimate over 74 billion PET bottles were landfilled, burned or littered in the U.S. in 2019. | Teerasak Ladnongkhun / Shutterstock

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A new report estimates that a nationwide bottle deposit program would reduce the number of drink containers each American wastes to 67 per year, down from 426 under the status quo.

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