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AMERIPEN Newsletter, Index – January 2018
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Index

2018 State Legislative Overview

Key States in 2018

Where is Andy
This Month?

Project Updates

In Case You
Missed It

January 2018

2018 State Legislative Overview

As the New Year and a new set of legislative sessions begin, it is helpful to recall that in 2017, AMERIPEN monitored more than 300 pieces of legislation – a number that includes legislative requests that never matured into actual bills, plus a handful of bills that were prefiled for consideration in 2018.

These bills spanned 41 states and the District of Columbia. By raw count, a full three-quarters of these bills were filed either in New England, the mid-Atlantic states or the upper Midwest.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Where is Andy This Month?

As many AMERIPEN members know, Serlin Haley LLP has been retained for the last 3-years to coordinate state advocacy and outreach on behalf of the association.  These efforts have taken Andy Hackman, with Serlin Haley, around the country each month on behalf of AMERIPEN in support of state policies that are supported by our research.  Next month, Andy will be headed to Michigan, Vermont, California and Illinois as AMERIPEN engages on state level recycling policy discussions.

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Project Updates

"Quantifying the Value of Packaging as a Strategy to Prevent Food Waste in America"

On January 23, AMERIPEN released our latest report “Quantifying the Value of Packaging as a Strategy to Prevent Food Waste in America.” The report notes that packaging is a key strategy is the fight against food waste but is being underutilized as a preventative strategy. Exploring global data, AMERIPEN uncovered a surprising correlation between the foods and counties with the highest percentage of wastage and those with the least amount of packaging.

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Committee Updates

Did you know AMERIPEN has launched two new member committees? We encourage you to sign up:

  1. Understanding Circular Economy and Sustainable Materials
  2. Policy Implications for E-commerce Packaging

To learn more or sign up for any of these committees please contact Katie Wallstein at katiew@ameripen.org.

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In Case You Missed It

We think the following are valuable reads:

Recycing–Who Really Leads the World

An attempt to normalize global recycling.

China's Foreign-Waste Ban Could Have Recycling Repercussions in America

Why a focus on innovation and contamination with curbside materials is likely.

Dissecting Meal Kits to Determine Recyclability

Results of an APR study examining ways to help industry increase plastic recycling in meal kits.

The Great OCC Transition

An argument for how we can protect the Value of OCC as it shifts from sorted retail collection to single stream curbside collection.

Is the Product Stewardship Movement on the Decline?

An analysis of the trends for product stewardship in North America. Focuses on non-packaging related materials although the trend influences packaging related activity.

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