More legislatures have considered how to improve circularity for packaging as states face mounting environmental and health challenges, leading to new policies regarding which types of packaging are allowed, what they’re made of and how they’re managed.
Since the 2020s began, some states have succeeded in passing the nation’s first extended producer responsibility for packaging programs, minimum recycled content requirements and “truth in labeling” legislation to improve the recycling stream.
Some states have also outlawed certain single-use plastic products entirely and targeted certain PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” in food packaging.
Legislation is listed below based on the date it was signed into law. This list will be updated going forward to cover other key policy areas and to capture future bills and laws. Have an update or feedback to share? Please email [email protected].