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The Hopper. You know it as the first stop for the pellets in the production process, but it’s also the box that serves as the first stop for legislation in Congress. Now it’s also the name of PLASTICS’ new, monthly Government Affairs newsletter, where we’ll give you insight and perspective on what lies ahead for the plastics industry.

  • January Edition

    This first edition of The Hopper looks at 2021 as PLASTICS sees it today. With new residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, a 50-50 Senate split, and narrow House majority, Washington will see Democrats in total control for the first time in twelve years. But governing won’t be easy in our nation’s capital. Inside, you’ll see what this means for trade and tax policy, as well as what fate may lie ahead for the Break Free from Plastics Pollution Act redux.

    A new administration also means potential for big regulatory policy shifts. In his first week, President Biden is on a record-setting pace for executive orders. In this first edition of The Hopper, you’ll read more about regulations and nominations we’ll be keeping our eyes on in the coming months.

    November’s elections largely maintained the status quo for state government control. We expect that to allow for momentum to continue building for extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation as well as the advancement of products bans. We know your business decisions rely on what’s in the windshield and not in the rear-view mirror. We hope The Hopper can make your headlights a little brighter.

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  • February Edition

    While the new Congress has been largely focused on a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package (and a few other items like impeachment trials), we have seen a flurry of activity in the states.

    In this edition of The Hopper, you’ll get a rundown of state legislation directly impacting the plastics industry through the concept of extended producer responsibility. While you may have recently heard about the “coordinated” approach, we explain why introducing nine completely different proposals doesn’t match the definition of coordination and how that presents many challenges.

    In Washington DC, the Biden Administration is laying out what they mean by “Build Back Better.” Suzanne Morgan begins to explore what that could mean for workforce issues, supply chains, infrastructure, and even climate policy. Oh, and in the spirit of the first holiday of this month, Groundhog’s Day—here we go again on the Break Free from Plastics Pollution Act. We expect that bill to come out of its hole and see its shadow as soon as March. 

    Also included is the new model policy coming out of the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse. And finally, what is the price of greenhouse gas emissions? With a new administration, it is safe to say that number will be going up. We take a look at that process and what we expect to see come out of the working group created by a President Biden executive order on day one.

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