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.
An August 2018 study, “Rethinking Single-Use Plastics: Responding to a Sea Change in Consumer Behavior”, states that recycling and sustainability are recent market trends that are here to stay, and that the plastics industry must adapt to these developments.
The report was published by market researchers with Citi, who say there is a potential packaging “battleground” between plastic, paper, metal and glass materials.
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).
Starbucks announced on July 9, 2018 that they will eliminate straws in their stores by 2020. They will not be taking away straws completely, but rather replacing single-use plastic straws with strawless lids and paper or compostable plastic straws. However, the company has been under fire from the disability community, who believe that alternative straws do not offer necessary durability.
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.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is developing new sorting protocols for the recycling industry. These Sorting Potential Protocols will identify packaging that gets lost in the recycling process, and will assess the sorting potential of a packaging as well as test additional components before considering it recyclable.
Closed Loop Fund is making a $3 million investment in PureCycle Technologies, which has plans to create a polypropylene recycling facility in Ohio at a former Dow Chemical Co. polystyrene plant. The technology will produce recycled PP that has virgin-like properties and is expected to handle more than 105 million pounds of recycled PP each year.