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Why material processors are hesitant about EPR

Published: May 9, 2023
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Collection trucks parked outside of Waste Expo in New Orleans last week. In sessions, leaders from various haulers and facility operators discussed recycling policy. | Dan Leif/Plastics Recycling Update

At Waste Expo last week, executives from several materials recovery facility operators and private-sector recyclers detailed concerns about material ownership and “stranded assets” as recycling policy evolves. At the same time, some MRF leaders voiced clear support for extended producer responsibility frameworks. Continue Reading

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Oregon lawmakers pass EPS container ban

Published: May 2, 2023
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Although it is opposed by the plastics and packaging industry, the EPS ban enjoys support from environmental groups and the Association of Oregon Recyclers. | Wk1003 Mike/Shutterstock

Oregon lawmakers sent the governor bills that ban polystyrene food service ware and allow restaurants to serve food in their customers’ reusable containers. Continue Reading

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Colorado chooses brand group to lead EPR

Published: May 2, 2023
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The Circular Action Alliance will serve to coordinate producer responsibility efforts around the recovery of plastics and other forms of packaging, as well as paper, in Colorado. | Konektus Photo/Shutterstock

In a big step toward implementing one of the nation’s first extended producer responsibility programs for packaging, Colorado selected Circular Action Alliance as its producer responsibility organization. Continue Reading

Canada assesses PCR, labeling rules

Published: April 25, 2023
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The proposed rules would bar products from using the chasing arrows symbol unless 80% of Canadians in the region of sale have access to systems that can process them. | Valeriya Bogdanova100/Shutterstock

The Canadian government opened the comment period for its latest round of regulations on PCR and product labeling.  Continue Reading

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Ill. House passes PS foodware ban, drops chem recycling bill

Published: March 28, 2023
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Many polystyrene takeout containers in a waste bin.

Environmentalists are chalking up two victories as one bill is squashed and another presses onward. | Kittiwat Chaitoep/Shutterstock

A polystyrene ban is moving on to the Illinois Senate. Meanwhile, a bill extending the timeline for a pilot chemical recycling facility failed to move out of the House in time. Continue Reading

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Illinois bill reignites chemical recycling discussion

Published: March 21, 2023
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Mixed recyclables arranged around a recycle symbol.

Opponents of the bill argue chemical recycling is a form of incineration; supporters say it will create jobs and help address plastic waste. | 9DreamStudio/Shutterstock

A bill extending a deadline for a potential chemical recycling pilot project in Illinois is reigniting debate over how to regulate chemical recycling. 

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New York lawmakers consider three packaging EPR bills

Published: March 14, 2023
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New York lawmakers have introduced three bills that would make producers financially responsible for funding the management of packaging products at their end of life. | Josep Curto/Shutterstock

New York lawmakers are trying to make their state the fifth in the nation to pass an extended producer responsibility law for packaging, and some stakeholders feel like this is the year. Continue Reading

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California recycled content rulemaking moves ahead

Published: March 6, 2023
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California statehouse in Sacramento.

The public comment period for the AB 793 rulemaking started Feb. 3 and will last until the end of a hearing on March 21. | Steve Heap/Shutterstock

California’s rulemaking on the minimum post-consumer recycled content law is moving along steadily, and stakeholders are narrowing in on the things they like and dislike about the regulations.  Continue Reading

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Thousands come together to discuss state of the sector

Published: March 6, 2023
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Several recycling stakeholders spoke about engaging with lawmakers to advance legislation in a Monday morning workshop titled “How to Educate Your Policymaker.”  | Big Wave Productions/Resource Recycling, Inc.

Nearly 2,700 industry leaders are gathering for the largest-ever Plastics Recycling Conference, taking place outside Washington, D.C.

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California bill aims to align deposit system with markets

Published: February 21, 2023
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SB 353 aims to protect recycling companies from severe market fluctuations, which have been a factor in many closures. | Susanne Pommer/Shutterstock

A newly introduced bill in the California Senate would adjust how state regulators calculate the amount of money paid to bottle and can recycling businesses, helping those companies avoid steep financial losses when scrap values plummet.
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