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The Threat of an EPR Domino Effect

Shannon Crawford, Director, State Government Affairs

A Maine EPR bill was voted out of committee this week. Despite significant concerns with the legislation, it is being rushed towards passage before the legislative session ends on June 16. Policy is only as effective as the process through which it is created. Bad process leads to bad policy. This misguided EPR bill passed without thorough consideration and could lead to the first statewide EPR policy in the United States. It likely wouldn’t be the last.

There are two versions of extended producer responsibility legislation in Maine. LD 1541, backed by The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), is overly prescriptive and is opposed by PLASTICS. The industry alternative, LD 1471, is more practical and would allow more flexibility.

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ICYMI: PLASTICS Spring Meeting Highlights Recycling Legislation and Diversity & Inclusion Importance

John Grant, Director, Government Affairs
Suzanne Morgan, Senior Director, Government Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy

PLASTICS advocacy efforts were on full display at last week’s PLASTICS Spring Meeting. On the first morning of the event, U.S. Representative Haley Stevens (D-MI) provided an encouraging update on bipartisan efforts to reduce plastic waste and improve the global competitiveness of the United States plastics recycling industry. Stevens, while speaking during a session on the policy landscape for the industry stressed innovation as the answer to the plastic waste issue and not bans. Her Plastic Waste Reduction and Recycling Research Act (HR 2821) was introduced last month along with U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH). The bipartisan legislation establishes a research and development program, directs the Federal government to develop a strategic plan for plastic waste reduction, and calls for the development of standards for plastics recycling technologies.

Keep the Conversation Going with PLASTICS and OSHA on Hazard Communication

Marie Gargas, Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs

If you missed providing input to PLASTICS’ comments on OSHA’s proposed update to the Hazard Communication Standard—or have more to add—we still want to hear from you! As requested by PLASTICS and other stakeholders, OSHA has announced an informal public hearing which will be held virtually on September 21. This provides additional opportunity to voice members’ support for some elements of the proposal and express strong objection to others that are substantially flawed.

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