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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
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    3 trends to watch in EPR implementation

    Eco-modulation, harmonizing definitions and expanding recycling infrastructure are key themes that speakers from state agencies in California, Colorado and Maine discussed during the Northeast Recycling Council’s fall conference.

    By Nov. 9, 2023
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    EPA considers reevaluating vinyl chloride, as PVC remains common in certain packaging

    Spurred in part by the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment, environmental groups are urging the agency to review the chemical’s safety. In the meantime, experts have varying thoughts on how easy it would be to find alternatives.

    By April Reese • Oct. 30, 2023
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    Amped-up ‘Break Free From Plastic’ legislation reintroduced in Congress

    The Democrat-sponsored bill includes implications for packaging, such as federally established EPR and deposit return systems, bans on black plastic and polystyrene foam food service ware, support for reuse/refill and more.

    By Oct. 26, 2023
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    How2Recycle piloting shared label with Recycling Partnership as part of industry collaboration initiative

    The upcoming pilot is seen as one way to keep up with the complex landscape of recyclability policy. The move is part of a broader focus on cross-industry partnerships by GreenBlue, the nonprofit behind these initiatives.

    By Oct. 20, 2023
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    Evergreen Packaging reaches nearly $2.3M settlement with EPA over Clean Air Act violations

    The company, now part of Pactiv Evergreen, will pay a civil penalty, make facility modifications and undertake a $2.1 million supplemental environmental project for violations at an Arkansas kraft pulp and paper mill.

    By Oct. 19, 2023
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    CalRecycle seeks PRO applicants for California packaging EPR law

    The organization will play a key role as the state seeks to make all packaging recyclable or compostable, cut single-use plastic packaging by 25% and recycle 65% of it by 2032. Applications are due in January.

    By Oct. 13, 2023
  • Maine offers last chance to comment on draft EPR plans ahead of formal rulemaking

    Maine DEP has published most of the draft documents for its packaging EPR law, which include more details on a ‘readily recyclable’ definition, phased goals for recycled content and producer reporting requirements.

    By Megan Quinn • Oct. 12, 2023
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    What’s next for flexible pouch design, reuse and EPR? Packaging professionals weigh in.

    SPC Advance featured perspectives from ProAmpac, Printpack, Dow, Dispatch Goods, Orora Packaging Solutions, Lorax EPI, Specright and more.

    By Updated Oct. 20, 2023
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    California Gov. Newsom vetoes updates to SB 54 EPR law

    Newsom also vetoed a bill seeking to crack down on potentially kid-friendly cannabis product packaging, among other bills. He has yet to take action on a bottle bill update.

    By Megan Quinn , Oct. 10, 2023
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    US Composting Council, BPI release product labeling legislative guidelines

    The groups collaborated with representatives from Pactiv Evergreen, PepsiCo, Chick-fil-A and more on principles related to product color, testing and labeling claims. They also intend to release a model compostable labeling bill this fall.

    By Oct. 5, 2023
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    GreenDot expands to North America with EPR and plastic recycling plans

    The group aims to build on its well-known presence in Europe by offering consulting services and potentially launching plastic recycling facilities in the U.S.

    By Megan Quinn • Oct. 5, 2023
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    National bottle bill complexities take center stage at Senate hearing

    The Container Recycling Institute, the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative offered perspectives on how a national bottle bill could coexist or clash with existing state programs.

    By Megan Quinn • Sept. 29, 2023
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    Pack Expo 2023

    Packaging experts talk gaps in state, federal policy

    Speakers from Ameripen, the Flexible Packaging Association, General Mills and the Plastics Industry Association weighed in on the policy landscape with emerging material bans, extended producer responsibility laws and more.

    By Sept. 26, 2023
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    Stories from Pack Expo 2023

    Catch up on all of Packaging Dive’s coverage from Las Vegas, including shifting trends and industry leaders’ insights on what’s next.

    By Sept. 26, 2023