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Washington Legislature passes recycling bills

Published: April 17, 2023
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The bills cover a wide range of items, from single-use plastics at lodging establishments to blades for wind turbines. | Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

Washington state legislators sent a handful of recycling-related bills to the governor’s desk recently, including one that would set up an extended producer responsibility program for batteries.  Continue Reading

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Processors worry they’ll be left out of packaging EPR system

Published: May 8, 2023
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Collection trucks parked outside of Waste Expo in New Orleans last week. In sessions, leaders from various haulers and MRF operators discussed recycling policy. | Dan Leif/Resource Recycling

At Waste Expo last month, executives from several MRF 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 EPR frameworks. Continue Reading

Experts outline role of policy in sparking recycling markets

Published: June 20, 2023
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During a recent AMERIPEN webinar, industry insiders discussed the importance of policy for building end markets for recycled materials. | SunnyToys/Shutterstock

Without a market for a material, collection is not economically viable – but how can end markets be created unless there is stable supply? A webinar recently explored the role of legislation in solving that industry paradox. Continue Reading

New York City, Connecticut eye policy changes

Published: June 12, 2023
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The New York City Council aims to overhaul organics collection, and legislators in Connecticut face criticism from environmentalists over their embrace of gasification. | Esse David Falls/Shutterstock

Members of the New York City Council are looking to amp up organics recycling and push forward on zero-waste goals. Meanwhile, a bill that focuses on gasification facilities awaits the Connecticut governor’s signature.  Continue Reading

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Packaging EPR bill in New York revived as session winds down

Published: June 5, 2023
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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

Bill would shield recyclers from PFAS cleanup costs

Published: May 15, 2023
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Some grease-resistant paper products are made with PFAS. | Dan Leif/Resource Recycling

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate protects composting, recycling and garbage facilities from cleanup cost liability if a class of chemicals called PFAS contaminates the environment at their facilities.

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Vermont bottle bill expansion in limbo

Published: May 15, 2023
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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
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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

Aluminum exec talks bottle bill lobbying progress

Published: May 1, 2023
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During a press briefing, leaders from the aluminum industry highlighted strong public support for bottle bills. | Jiri Vaclavek/Shutterstock

The aluminum recycling industry continues to push for new beverage container deposit programs, with an executive pointing to potential in the Upper Midwest and in the nation’s capital.  Continue Reading