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AMERIPEN Newsletter, Key States in 2018 – January 2018
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2018 State Legislative Overview

Key States in 2018

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January 2018

Key States in 2018

As we begin 2018, there are a number of key states where solid waste policy, that could impact packaging, has been brewing for some time.  These states will help shape polices in their own states and beyond and AMERIPEN has been, and will continue to be engaged advocating for policies that increase access and participation in recycling and provide states flexibility as they set recycling goals for the future.

Connecticut

Members of the SB 233 task force on reducing consumer packaging first met on Feb. 16 of last year begin work under their charge of reducing packaging materials in the solid waste stream.  The meetings took place under the co-chairmanship of Victor Bell, who has been a supporter of EPR in Rhode Island, and Will Flower, who represents the recycling industry.  Scott Cassel, the Executive Director of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) was added to the task force at the end of April, last year. AMERIPEN also worked with and endorsed Katie Reilly, Senior Manager of Environmental and Sustainability Policy of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), to represent the industry on the task force.

The task force meetings heard from municipalities, consumer product companies, waste haulers, paper and corrugated cardboard manufacturers, plastic packaging manufacturers and environmental NGOs.  In late November the members of the task force received the document summarizing the recommendations before them.  Members voted on Dec. 12 on each recommendation in the document, and the majority voted to reject the EPR recommendation.  The Committee will now review the final language of the recommendations and meet one more time in January 2018 to finalize the task force report to the Legislature, which convenes in February.

Commissioner Rob Klee of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has indicated that he views EPR for paper and printed packaging as critical to reaching its legislative 60% goal for recycling/diversion, regardless of what the SB 233 task force concludes.

California

In August 2017, CalRecycle staff reported during a CalRecycle Board meeting that the California diversion rate has dropped to 44%.  The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) was quick to state that California is going in the wrong direction to achieve the 75% goal by 2020 and manufacturer mandates are needed to change this trajectory.

Following this, CalRecycle continued a discussion around a framework of specific tools that CalRecycle could implement (pending new statutory authority) to reach the state’s goal of increasing diversion and recycling of consumer packaging by 75% by 2020.  CalRecycle did solicit stakeholder input on eight potential screening criteria and data sources to determine which packaging types could be prioritized for analysis relative to different mandatory policy approaches. Under this framework CalRecycle would evaluate which mandatory policy model, such as Extended Producer Responsibility, minimum recycled content requirements, packaging bans, etc. might be best suited to increasing collection and recovery of specific packaging types.  The results of these analyses were used to guide discussion at an Oct. 10 Packaging Reform public workshop in Sacramento, that AMERIPEN participated in.  Industry stakeholders led by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) and AMERIPEN submitted comments in October and are considering ways to push back in the legislature.

Michigan

As a result of two stakeholder’s groups on solid waste and the governor’s interest in recycling, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) began a process, in 2017, to re-write the State’s Solid Waste Act.  To close 2017 the DEQ sent out the third draft of its comprehensive solid waste act rewrite for comment by stakeholders, final comments were due by Dec. 28. Currently the draft includes a 30% recycling rate goal by 2025 and AMERIPEN has provided additional comments to help improve recycling goals and planning.  An in-person meeting is planned for January 19 in Lansing, prior to introduction of the legislation and an announcement by the governor.

In the meantime, the comments to the draft have been posted online.


 
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