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Only US carpet EPR program reports 28% recycling rate

Published: September 13, 2022
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California’s carpet recycling rate in 2021 was 27.9%, up from 20.9% in 2020. | Colleen Michaels/Shutterstock

California’s extended producer responsibility program for carpet achieved a sharp increase in the recycling rate last year, jumping 7 percentage points from the prior year.

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Recycle BC reports jump in recovery rates

Published: August 1, 2022
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For the second year in a row, Recycle BC observed “significant growth” in collected metric tons, with a 17% increase over the past two years. | Lightspring/Shutterstock

British Columbia’s paper and plastic packaging collection rates have rebounded after pandemic-related challenges, reaching a record-high recovery rate of just over 94%.

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State legislators explain why they’re drawn to EPR

Published: August 1, 2022
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Legislators recently spoke about their challenges and successes with EPR legislation. | Banlai/Shutterstock

Four state-level elected officials who have worked on extended producer responsibility bills for packaging recently discussed how they became champions of recycling policy and offered tips to help advance legislation.

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How new California law is ‘putting the industry on notice’

Published: July 6, 2022
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New legislation evokes varied reactions among industry and activists. | Michael Warwick/Shutterstock

Industry leaders mostly expressed support for California’s recently signed extended producer responsibility bill, though some said they still had concerns about its far reach. Continue Reading

California recycling overhaul is now law

Published: June 30, 2022
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Legislators have approved EPR for printed paper and packaging in California. | Kit Leong/Shutterstock

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California’s printed paper and packaging extended producer responsibility bill passed the state Senate unanimously June 30 and was signed into law, just before the deadline to pull a plastic-tax measure from November’s state ballot.

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The push to cut fiber from California’s EPR program

Published: June 28, 2022
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An extended producer responsibility bill is currently under consideration in California. | Luis M. Seco/Shutterstock

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Nearly a dozen legislators signed a letter asking to remove fiber from California’s proposed extended producer responsibility bill, as it undergoes more amendments in the final days before a June 29 deadline.

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Future of recycling policy in California could be decided soon

Published: June 21, 2022
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California legislators, environmentalists and industry groups are working on a plastics pollution and recycling bill that they hope will persuade ballot measure backers to withdraw their initiative before the deadline at the end of this month. | rarrarorro/Shutterstock

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