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Another aggressive plastics bill lands in Congress

Published: December 2, 2022
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The new act is built on the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, which was introduced in the last two Congressional sessions but failed to move forward. | Rob Crandall/Shutterstock

A newly introduced bill in Congress is reviving parts of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, with a focus on environmental justice. 

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CalRecycle director ‘excited and ready’ for policy challenge

Published: December 2, 2022
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CalRecycle staff are busy developing implementation plans for the state’s EPR program and other new recycling laws. | Lowe Llaguno/Shutterstock

After California’s legislature passed a host of recycling and reuse-related bills, the state’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is shifting into high gear to turn the mandates into reality. 

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NRC panelists: Strong EPR requires reduction, transparency

Published: November 14, 2022
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Hosted by the Northeast Recycling Council, the 2022 National Recycling Congress was held virtually on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. | Orhan Cam/Shutterstock

Model extended producer responsibility bills and federal funding were two hot topics at the 2022 National Recycling Congress, with panelists calling for packaging reduction and a broad overhaul of the recycling system.  Continue Reading

California governor signs bottle bill expansion, other bills

Published: October 3, 2022
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California has added wine and liquor bottles to the state’s beverage container redemption program. | Kieferpix/Shutterstock

California is adding wine and distilled spirits to its container redemption program, among other changes, after the governor signed the program expansion bill into law.

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What MRFs can expect from California’s new CRV laws

Published: October 17, 2022
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Recovery facilities in California face a number of changes in the wake of legislative updates. | gavrilhurgoi/Shutterstock

Amid a flurry of bills at the end of California’s legislative session, lawmakers passed $1.3 billion in recycling spending and made a number of key policy changes. A recent webinar hinted at what the changes may mean for MRFs.

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Thermoform-to-thermoform bill draws mixed reactions

Published: September 13, 2022
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Thermoforms such as those shown here often contain post-consumer material from bottles, but a California bill would require post-consumer thermoforms to be used in production of new thermoforms. | Anakumka/Shutterstock

Current debate over a California bill requiring PET thermoforms to contain recycled PET derived from thermoforms boils down to one question: What will MRFs do? 

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California passes bevy of recycling bills in final days

Published: September 7, 2022
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California legislators sent a number of recycling-related bills to the governor at the end of this session. | Leonid Adnronov/Shutterstock

When California’s legislative session ended Aug. 31, a number of recycling-related bills passed just before the deadline. Here’s a roundup of bills currently waiting to be signed into law and that have already been signed. 

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A last-minute twist in effort to expand California bottle bill

Published: August 29, 2022
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Some glass recycling advocates have withdrawn their support for proposed California bottle bill legislation in the wake of last-minute amendments. | Fotosr52/Shutterstock

Just days before the end of the legislative session, lengthy amendments were tacked on to California bottle bill expansion legislation, greatly increasing the cost of the program. In response, some previous backers rescinded their support.

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