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Quebec PRO looks to build MRF

Published: June 12, 2023

Inside a materials recovery facility. By Nordroden/Shutterstock

Éco Entreprises Québec plans to include “several innovative elements” at the upcoming MRF. | Nordroden/Shutterstock

A producer responsibility organization in Quebec just made its first big decision, selecting Green for Life to build and run a sorting center in Montreal. Continue Reading

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Packaging EPR bill in New York revived as session winds down

Published: June 5, 2023

New York state capitol building in Albany.

The amended extended producer responsibility bill enjoys support from Members of New York’s legislature, but faces opposition from several brands and industry groups. | Real Window Creative/Shutterstock

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Some New York legislators are pushing to see extended producer responsibility for packaging pass this year. With days left in the session, they’ve reintroduced what they see as a compromise bill. Continue Reading

Lessons from France: Eco-modulated fees not used effectively

Published: May 30, 2023


Analysts speaking in a recent GAIA webinar said eco-modulated fees on packaging fail to incentivize reduction and reuse. | Photoeu/Shutterstock

As extended producer responsibility programs for packaging start to take hold in the U.S., many are looking to Europe for ideas. Several stakeholders in the decades-old French system shared some lessons they’ve learned, including that eco-modulated fees have not achieved their desired effect.   Continue Reading

Vermont bottle bill expansion in limbo

Published: May 15, 2023

glass recycling

The Vermont House has not yet had a chance to vote on the Senate’s amended version of the bill. | Bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock

A bill that would expand Vermont’s deposit return system to include more container types over the next several years did not get a final vote before the end of the session. Continue Reading

Colorado picks brand-backed group to helm EPR

Published: May 1, 2023


The Circular Action Alliance will coordinate producer responsibility efforts around the recovery of paper and plastic packaging 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

Heavily revised recycling bill sent to Maryland governor

Published: April 10, 2023


The amended bill no longer includes EPR goals, and instead calls for several assessments and analyses of recycling in the state. | Mihai Andritoiu/Shutterstock

Legislation that started as a proposal to bring extended producer responsibility for packaging to Maryland is now on the governor’s desk. But its current text mandates a study, not an actual EPR system. Continue Reading

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Illinois bill continues chemical recycling debate

Published: March 20, 2023

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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In My Opinion: EPR can shift recycling into high gear

Published: February 6, 2023


Dylan de Thomas with The Recycling Partnership believes that EPR policies could help the U.S. achieve higher recycling rates. | vvoe/Shutterstock

The last several years have been a real roller coaster ride in the news for recycling, with the industry being called all manner of pejoratives, up to and including “dead.”

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