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CT lawmakers consider action on plastic bags and packaging EPR

A Connecticut bill sits in uncharted territory when it comes to regulating plastic bags: The legislation ensures they’re recyclable and include recycled content, but it does not ban them.Legislation_binder / docstockmedia, Shutterstock

As a result, the bag industry, which has fought tooth and nail to halt bag bans in other states, has signaled its willingness to consider the approach offered by Senate Bill 226, theHartford Courant reports.  By Editorial Staff  Read Full Story Here

Source:  Plastics Recycling Update

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Can we solve the flexible film recovery puzzle?

Multilayer, mixed-material flexible film packaging is a sustainability conundrum. Lighter in weight, using less material, and resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions than alternative packaging formats such as glass, aluminum, and rigid plastic, flexibles seem like the most eco-friendly packaging choice. But, unlike glass, aluminum, and rigid plastic, mixed-material flexible film* cannot be recovered at end of life.  

Source:  Packaging World

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Producer responsibility on California’s waste agenda

Norwalk, Calif. — A California agency’s effort to reduce reliance on landfills includes a strategy promoting extended producer responsibility.  That provision makes Sacramento lobbyist Bruce Magnani “nervous,” he said in remarks at the Western Plastics Association’s Nov. 10 dinner meeting in Norwalk.  By   Read Full Story 

Source:  Plastics News

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Reifenhäuser Blown Film is boosting quality and flexibility in the production of high-quality barrier films on 11-layer line

The need for barrier film is growing worldwide and so are the requirements for film properties in high-quality barrier packaging applications. Parallel to this, producers are demanding high production flexibility to serve the market with different products. Reifenhäuser Blown Film’s answer to rising performance requirements is the development of a highly flexible and efficient 11-layer blown film line.  See Full Press Release

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Osterman forms JV in Mexico

Resin distributor Osterman & Co. Inc. has formed a joint venture company with Industrial Mafra SA de CV, a distributor of polyethylene resin.  The JV will operate as Osterman Plastics de Mexico S de RL. It is expected to help both firms grow their presence in the Mexican market. In a July 30 news release, officials with Cheshire, Conn.-based Osterman said that the JV is “creating a fast, direct line between supply and demand.”  By     Read Full Story

Source:  Plastics News

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Federal bill would create zero waste grant program

Recycling interests are applauding a bill in Congress that would authorize a grant program to fund waste reduction, recycling and reuse efforts.  The Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act (H.R. 3237) calls for creating a U.S. EPA grant program, which would fund local government efforts to deploy technology, invest in infrastructure and conduct outreach in support of waste reduction, recycling and reuse.  It was introduced July 28 by Minneapolis-area Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison and referred to the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee.  Read Full Story

Source:  Resource Recycling

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In California, Millions of ‘Shade Balls’ Combat a Nagging Drought

acing a long-term water crisis, officials concerned with preserving a reservoir in Los Angeles hatched a plan: They would combat four years of drought with 96 million plastic balls.  On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles arrived at the 175-acre Los Angeles Reservoir to release the final installment of the project: 20,000 small black orbs that would float atop the water.  The scene resembled something found at a playground — “You turned the reservoir into the world’s largest ball pit? #bestmayorever,” wrote one supporter on the mayor’s Facebook page — but the initiative has serious implications for the city’s water supply.  By

Source:  New York Times

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Environmental groups sue H.B. over repeal of plastic bag ban

Three California environmental groups are suing Huntington Beach, claiming that the city unjustifiably repealed its ban on plastic bags.  The Huntington Beach/Seal Beach chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Costa Mesa-based Orange County Coastkeeper and Sacramento-based Californians Against Waste filed a claim Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court, stating that the city failed to prepare a proper environmental impact report analyzing the effects of lifting the ban, said Angela Howe, an attorney representing the group.  “[The city] did a 10-page addendum to the original environmental impact report, which was issued with the 2013 bag ban itself,” she said. “The addendum breezes through all the issues and doesn’t put any analysis into what the real harm will be from this new setting.”  By Anthony Clark Carpio  Read Full Story

Source:  Huntington Beach Independent

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Dallas’ plastic bag ordinance is now a thing of the past

DALLAS – City Council voted to repeal the city’s plastic bag ordinance last week over the objections of Councilman Dwaine Caraway and others. Starting Monday, retailers in the city will no longer be required to charge an environmental fee for every bag they provide customers. Under the ordinance, retailers had been forced to charge an environmental fee starting at five cents per bag. By Sebastian Robertson, WFAA   Read Full Story

Source:  WFAA CBS

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