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Welcome to the 13th edition of Advocacy RegrindIn Regrind, we bring you some of the latest developments that your Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Government Affairs Team is working on and alert you to opportunities for regulatory comments and other calls to action. Click the READ MORE links on any given subject to learn more about that topic.

Remembering Bill Carteaux

On December 10, 2018 we lost an incredible leader, colleague and friend. Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President & CEO Bill Carteaux passed away due to complications from acute myeloid leukemia (AML), the disease he had been fighting with determination and courage.

Bill was more than just an inspiring, larger-than-life leader for our industry. Bill was a passionate advocate for the industry, whose vision and energy inspired our work on behalf of the industry.   PLASTICS will share information on plans for a memorial service as it becomes available.  Read more about Bill's incredible life by clicking more below, and please share your memories and thoughts at  rememberingbill@plasticsindustry.org.

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As we wrap up 2018, with visions of government shutdowns dancing in our head, the Regrind team is making a list, and checking it twice, gonna review all the naughty and nice of plastics advocacy… 

“Regifting” the Fruitcake

There were many nutty plastics advocacy stories this year, but the one that takes the fruitcake has got to be the proposal to jail restaurant workers or operators (we were never entirely sure who was liable) up to 6 months in jail and fine $1,000 for giving out an unwanted straw in California. The legislative proposal, as first drafted, was amended several times and ended up as a “straws upon request” mandate for California eateries, but the original bill did push the limits of punishment for the naughty list; Click Here!  And just like the fruitcake that gets regifted year after year, we anticipate more jurisdictions toying with the idea of revisiting this concept. 

Crossing Things off our 2019 Gift List

The regrind team has a different view of presents, looking for gifts under the tree to us is looking for goodies that we will be working on in 2019.  Here is our list of things to watch for in the states next year:

  1. California – statewide single-use plastics legislation anticipated, microfiber bill filed again
  2. New Jersey – continued effort to ban straws, EPS, and plastic bags
  3. DC plastic straw ban in effect January 1
  4. Chicago – voter referendum encouraging city council to ban plastic straws
  5. New Hampshire – suite of plastic product bans filed
  6. Montana – legislation filed to ban EPS
  7. Rhode Island – legislation expected to ban straws and bags
  8. Oregon proposing straws upon request
  9. Los Angeles City Council pursuing complete ban on plastic straws by 2021
  10. Maryland EPS ban likely to reappear
  11. Hawaii – suite of plastic bills expected again
  12. Denver city council consider plastic bag, straws and utensils ban throughout city
New Year’s Toast… Here is to More Recycling!

The PLASTICS advocacy team has been working hard and getting help from lots of legislative elves the past several weeks, and we are proud to report that our coalition of partner organizations involved in material recycling and reuse has completed our Domestic Recycling Infrastructure proposal.  Background on this effort can be found HERE..(link to infrastructure page) and this is a signature piece of the industry advocacy agenda in 2019.  For more information on the legislation, please email Scott DeFife  at sdefife@plasticsindustry.org 

Not Quite a Trip to the North Pole

Save the Date for PLASTIC Fly-in – Unlike Buddy the Elf, who longs to go back to Santa’s village, we know you are looking forward to returning to Washington DC to attend our legislative workshop and next Congress – the 2019 PLASTICS Flyin March 27th 2019!   We will be building support for the recycling infrastructure proposal and talking to policymakers about the importance of trade and how plastics can help address sustainability and environmental concerns.

Auld Ang Syne for Trade Partners…may all trade disputes be forgotten!

As reported in the last edition of the Advocacy Regrind, the Trump Administration on December announced a “truce” with China on the scheduled tariff increase from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to go into effect on January 1, 2019. The “truce” was announced to coincide with 90 days of stepped-up U.S. negotiations with China on its trade practices. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative officially announced on December 14 that the increase to 25 percent will not go into effect until 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 2, 2019, the end of the 90-day period, unless the U.S. and China reach a trade agreement. The good-faith negotiations already appear to have made a positive impact as China announced that it will reduce the 40-percent tariff on U.S. auto imports to 15 percent, which is the duty on auto imports from other countries. PLASTICS will continue to monitor and report on trade negotiations with China.