Regulation


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    Don’t forget about packaging in national food waste reduction strategy, trade groups say

    Ameripen and the Flexible Packaging Association sent comments to the EPA, FDA and USDA on evaluating packaging materials, the potential growth of biobased and compostable packaging and more.

    By Feb. 21, 2024
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    NYC bill could restrict laundry and dishwasher pods

    Bill supporters say polyvinyl alcohol, used in pods and sheets, passes through wastewater treatment and pollutes the environment. The American Cleaning Institute says the products have sustainability benefits.

    By Updated Feb. 9, 2024
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    Colorado’s needs assessment offers glimpse into packaging EPR implementation

    The proposed minimum recyclable list includes packaging paper, corrugated cardboard, gable-top cartons, clear PET bottles and jugs and PET thermoforms, and aluminum beverage containers, among other items.

    By Megan Quinn • Feb. 1, 2024
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    Compostable packaging must be included in EPR needs assessments, industry partners say

    A policy brief released by the Composting Consortium that highlights the importance of including compostable packaging in EPR needs assessments recommends three calls to action. 

    By Jan. 30, 2024
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    EPA’s Safer Choice recycled content proposals draw some pushback

    Groups including Ameripen, the Can Manufacturers Institute and Consumer Brands Association, as well as companies such as Clorox and P&G, weighed in on proposed changes to the voluntary product certification program.

    By Jan. 26, 2024
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    The packaging industry outlook for 2024

    Packaging Dive takes a closer look at what’s in store for policymaking, producer responsibility, plastics and more.

    By Packaging Dive Staff • Jan. 23, 2024
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    Environmental advocates renew push for New York EPR bill

    Beyond Plastics, DeliverZero, Dispatch Goods and Re:Dish are among those pushing the New York Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act this year.

    By Jan. 19, 2024
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    Bag bans’ environmental impact mixed in recent studies

    A multi-site study says state and local bans have effectively reduced plastic waste. A separate recent analysis of New Jersey’s policy found higher PP consumption and carbon emissions linked to alternative bag uptake.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
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    New alliance aims to elevate food safety concerns as packaging waste regulations develop

    Food and packaging groups are teaming up as the Alliance for Sustainable Packaging for Foods in response to actions in the EU and elsewhere.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    EPR, recycling refunds, labeling top 2024 packaging policy concerns

    Ameripen, the Can Manufacturers Institute, Flexible Packaging Association and Glass Packaging Institute shared what they’re anticipating and advocating for in this election year.

    By Jan. 16, 2024
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    California names Circular Action Alliance its producer responsibility organization

    The brand-led organization will be the state’s sole PRO, following its selection as Colorado’s PRO and a member of Maryland’s EPR advisory committee. CAA had been working in California to connect with packaging producers.

    By Megan Quinn • Jan. 9, 2024
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    5 packaging trends to watch in 2024

    Shifting consumer habits and manufacturing footprints, evolving end-of-life design and looming sustainability targets are some of the factors poised to impact the packaging industry this year.

    By , Jan. 8, 2024
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    CalRecycle releases initial findings for recyclability labeling, EPR law implementation

    In addition to sharing the SB 343 preliminary findings report, the agency also published draft rules and a covered materials category list pertinent to SB 54.

    By Jan. 3, 2024
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    Packaging laws taking effect in 2024

    Here’s what to know about state laws coming into force this year that expand bottle bills, restrict carryout bags and containers, ban PFAS and require recycled content in packaging.

    By Jan. 2, 2024
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    2023 packaging trends by the numbers

    These are some of the stats that defined policymaking, e-commerce, sustainability, dealmaking and more for the packaging industry across varied substrates and markets.

    By , , Dec. 22, 2023
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    European Council agrees to general approach on PPWR for negotiations

    With changes introduced that include a potentially lower threshold for separate collection in deposit return systems, the Council’s position largely drew criticism from industry groups. Further negotiation is expected in the new year.

    By Dec. 19, 2023
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    How the EPA’s new PFAS reporting rule impacts manufacturers

    The final rule requires companies that have had PFAS in their supply chains at any time since Jan. 1, 2011, to submit information that helps the agency research, monitor and regulate the toxic substances.

    By Sara Samora • Dec. 18, 2023
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    PVC’s future in question as EPA moves toward vinyl chloride risk review

    PVC is a widespread component in some flexible packaging. Vinyl chloride was in the spotlight this year after release resulting from the Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

    By Dec. 15, 2023
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    Lawmakers seek a national foam ban in 2026

    Bill sponsors and advocates say it’s time for a nationwide approach after 11 states and many more local governments have enacted bans or restrictions on the sale of polystyrene foam products.

    By Dec. 12, 2023
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    Oregon finalizes statewide recycling list as part of EPR law implementation

    In addition to standardizing what can be collected — PET thermoforms did not make the initial cut — the rules also define “responsible” end markets and require PROs to manage materials according to environmental and labor rules.

    By Megan Quinn • Nov. 30, 2023
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    EPR for packaging policies must make space for climate change measures, working group says

    A white paper from the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum offers suggestions for policymakers to “go beyond recycling” to consider how to make extended producer responsibility policies more climate friendly.

    By Megan Quinn • Nov. 27, 2023
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    European Parliament advances rules to reduce packaging by 2030 and beyond

    Following months of lobbying by manufacturers, brands and trade groups, members supported reductions in packaging waste, recyclability requirements, bans on PFAS and BPA in food-contact packaging and other provisions.

    By Updated Nov. 28, 2023
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    Competing LCAs offer differing views on the realities of reusable takeout systems

    Life-cycle assessments indicate reusable takeout boxes and clamshells can have lower climate impacts, depending on how consumers use them. Reloop, McDonald’s and others are debating the issue ahead of a key vote in the EU.

    By Leslie Nemo • Nov. 20, 2023
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    New York AG’s ‘first of its kind’ lawsuit against PepsiCo seeks plastic pollution accountability

    Letitia James sued PepsiCo for allegedly “harming the public and the environment with its single-use plastic packaging.” The complaint slams PepsiCo’s “misleading” plastic reduction efforts and recycling claims.

    By Nov. 16, 2023
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    Reloop report offers 10 ideas for passing more bottle bill laws in U.S.

    The report aims to “create a bridge between theory and action” to get more state bills past the standstill that often occurs due to competing interests among producers, recyclers and government entities.

    By Megan Quinn • Nov. 14, 2023