There is widespread perception that single-use products are more hygienic than reusable, refillable products. As a precautionary measure, many US coffee chains, including Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, have temporarily stopped refilling reusable containers and are instead passing out disposables to all customers.
Recycle BC, Stewardship Ontario and MMSW (Saskatchewan) - all members of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance - recently uploaded their 2019 packaging EPR fees. Almost all fees are raising, with many categories experiencing significant changes.
A Resources and Waste Strategy is due to be published in the UK by the end of 2018, and the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has proposed to make the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) packaging waste management regime a major part of the Strategy.
A PRN is purchased by producers placing packaging on the UK market as part of their EPR system, and it serves to provide evidence that waste packaging material has been recycled.
However, critics have raised concerns about a lack of incentives for eco-design as well as a lack of transparency over how PRN revenue is actually spent.
In August 2018, the Colombian Ministry of Environment issued a Resolution holding packaging producers responsible for the management of their packaging waste. Resolution 1407/2018 “By which the environmental management of packaging waste and packaging of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal is regulated and other determinations are made” is the first law of its kind in Columbia, and it regulates general packaging waste management through an EPR scheme.
There have been several bills passed and introduced in California and New Jersey governments this month that are focused on waste reduction, especially concerning plastics.
Three bills in California were signed by the governor on September 20, 2018. Three concurrent resolutions in New Jersey were introduced in the State Senate on September 17.
There are two bills in the California Senate this month that focus on preventing, reducing and managing plastic and beverage container waste.
SB-1335 “Solid waste: food service packaging: state agencies, facilities, and property” and SB-168 “Recycling: beverage containers” were ordered to a third reading fora final vote on August 31, 2018.
The Danish government recently announced that beginning January 1, 2020, companies selling juices in plastic, glass and metal packaging on the Danish market will be required to charge a deposit on refillable and non-refillable containers. Manufacturers of these products will also have to participate in the deposit system, Dansk Retursystem (DK).
On July 17, 2018, a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to prohibit food establishments statewide from using foam food containers.
HB 2560 declares that polystyrene foam, in most cases, is not cost-effective to store or ship because the material requires a large amount of storage space.
This bill, introduced on July 5, 2018, modifies law N° 19.300, which prohibits the use of disposable plastics in commercial establishments. The amended law would define “commercial establishments” to include “fast food stores, coffee shops, bars, restaurants and all other places where these items can be supplied.”
The ENVI Committee released 484 amendments to the draft strategy, which was initially published in January 2018. Amendments solidify language in the draft, designate certain responsibilities to Member States and offer new proposals to be included in the Strategy.