Garlock Printing & Converting Opens Plant in Reno, Nevada

Massachusetts-based Garlock Printing (www.garlockprinting.com) is opening operations in Reno, Nevada. The new facility will house a host of equipment, including a NOVOFLEX CM 10, the company’s first investment in W&H machinery.  Because of their strong bi-coastal customer base, Garlock decided to have both East and West coast facilities. Reno proved attractive for a handful of reasons, namely tax benefits (proximity to California without the taxes) and easy access to customers in the Northwest and Southwest. The Reno operation will offer the same products and services as in Massachusetts.  Read Full Story

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Shopping Bags Solutions: We’ve got your savings in the bag!

WPA Board Member Chandler Hadraba has started a new company that promotes the use of reusable bags.  Read more:

SAN FRANCISCO, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — How often do you get to the grocery store checkout, only to realize you’ve forgotten your reusable bags AND that money-saving special offer, discount, reward, coupon, club card, or gift card? Your forgetfulness is not only bad for the environment: It’s also bad for your wallet. Shopping Bags Solutions developed the first reusable bag that pays you to remember.

Whether your city has a bag ban or not, California’s Shopping Bags Solutions has your answer to “paper or plastic?” And no, it’s NOT those cheap imports your grocer is selling. SBS’s socially conscious bags are Made in America by US veterans.

So where are the savings? Literally in the SBS bag, which features patent pending clear external pockets to hold all your money savers and comes with access to savings incentives at ShoppingBagSolutions.com.

In 2013, SBS Alpha Testers saved $2 to $3 on top of traditional loyalty savings, on average, when using our initial prototype bag and incentives gallery. That’s because having those savings in the bag helped them remember to bring the bag, while the bag reminded them to stockpile incentives.

MADE IN AMERICA BY US VETERANS: Over 90% of the reusable bag market is dominated by foreign imports. Shopping Bags Solutions is striving to pioneer new value-added features and services to give the domestic industry an edge. SBS has partnered with the nonprofit GreenVets Los Angeles to manufacture our first production run of 1000 SBS bags.

Shopping Bags Solutions launched an Indiegogo campaign on March 12, 2014. Your support can help take SBS to the next level.

Read full story and view CNBC coverage 

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New study says plastics is the sustainable packaging choice

Six major categories of plastic packaging significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging made with alternative materials, according to a new study.  Compiled by Franklin Associates for the American Chemistry Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, and using 2010 as a baseline year, the data shows replacing plastic packaging with alternative materials would result in a 4.5 times more packaging weight, an 80 percent increase in energy use and 130 percent more global warming potential.  By Gayle S. Putrich  See Full Story

Source:  Plastics News

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EU committee pushing for big reduction in plastic bag use

The European Parliament’s influential environment committee has backed proposed changes to the European Union (EU) packaging and packaging waste directive designed to reduce the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags.  Members of the European Parliament on the committee agreed that the law should tell EU member states to cut the use of bags thinner than 50 microns in half by 2017 and reduce consumption by 80 percent by 2019.  By Keith Nuthall     Read Full Story   

Source:  Plastics News

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Becoming a Bagless Lady in Los Angeles

Limiting the number of plastic bags that can litter the landscape or clog the oceans is a worthy goal, but laws that begin with good intentions often have unintended consequences.  Consider what’s unfolding in Los Angeles. On Jan. 1, the city became the largest in the nation to outlaw the use of free plastic bags in retail grocery stores. Customers who arrive at the market bagless are charged 10 cents for each plastic bag to hold their purchases.  By Judy Gruen  Read Full Story

Source:  Wall Street Journal

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WPA March Energy Meeting

Why You Need to Attend the WPA Energy Meeting March 18

 “Clean energy” resources – including energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, and renewable energy – what do they mean to your industry and ultimately, to your bottom line?  More and more, today’s corporations look for ways to both mitigate their energy costs and curb their impact on the planet by exploring other means to power their businesses.  Average industrial electric rates in California, traditionally higher than most other states’ industrial rates, continue to rise while growing concerns over climate change dominate California’s energy policy.

The state’s ideal energy resource would be safe, green, reliable and cheap.  Renewable energy is generally safe and green, but not cheap or reliable.  The California Public Utilities Commission reports that in 2012 and 2013, the three investor-owned utilities spent a combined $2.7 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively, on direct costs for renewable power.  Utility capital investment costs in new transmission lines for renewable projects are forecast to reach $10.4 billion by 2020, and the intermittency of renewable resources drives significant integration costs.  Similarly, in 2009, utility energy efficiency program budgets rose 42% over prior programs, to $3.1 billion for the 2009 -2011 program period, and energy efficiency budgets have stayed at roughly the same level (~$1 billion/year) ever since.  Although California’s average industrial rates have increased significantly over the past few years, due to these and other energy policy initiatives, there are no projected decreases in sight.

Exploring the drivers of California’s high industrial electric rates shows a relationship to the clean energy tools available to industrial customers to mitigate costs and environmental impacts.  California’s policy preferences and goals for preferred clean energy resources are revised regularly by the legislature and revisited by implementing state agencies, particularly the California Public Utilities Commission.  This leads to frequent changes in incentive programs for clean energy resources.  Determining an agency’s stage of implementation and funding level, as well as program rules of investor-owned utilities, can be challenging.  With rates continuing to rise and an ever-present focus on the environment, however, clean energy choices today matter.  They will affect not only your business, but tomorrow’s future, too.

Come to the March 18 Norwalk Meeting to learn about the agencies impacting California’s energy policy and near-term forecasted rate increases.  Join the conversation about current regulatory policies for preferred resources and clean energy programs that are intended to incent and enable clean energy choices.  Our broad discussion should help inform participants how to achieve key goals for mitigating energy costs and reducing environmental impacts with specific suggestions and clear next steps.

Nora Sheriff (Alcantar & Kahl).  Nora advocates for her clients’ clean energy and end-use ratepayer interests before the California Public Utilities Commission, the legislature, with investor-owned utilities and at the California Independent System Operator.

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Lawmakers unveil new plan to ban plastic grocery bags in California

 

Disposable plastic bags would be banned from grocery checkout stands in California and consumers would pay at least a dime for a paper or a sturdier, reusable plastic bag a under a compromise proposal negotiated by key legislators.  An attempt to pass a bill banning the bags failed last year amid opposition from plastic bag manufacturers and concerns that the move would eliminate jobs.  Senate Bill 270 seeks to temper some plastic industry opposition by providing $2 million from state recycling funds.  By Laurel Rosenhall  See Full Story

Source:  Sacramento Bee

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Price volatility marks 2013 for selected recyclables

According to information in Resource Recycling’s market database, price volatility continued unabated in 2013 for recovered packaging materials.  The average price of homopolymer HDPE plastic containers, such as milk jugs, was about 36 cents per pound in the U.S. in 2013 (all data is for a truckload of bales picked up from the supplier). The market was weak at the beginning of the year, with pricing at about 28 cents per pound. The value of homopolymer bales then slowly rose to a high of approximately 39 cents per pound in the third quarter, only to drop about three cents per pound by year’s end.  See Full Story

Source:  Resource Recycling

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Ontario’s EPR plan hangs in the balance

The fate of a waste reduction bill in Ontario is up in the air, with municipalities rallying around the measure and conservative members of the provincial legislature opposing it as a “job killer.”  Under the proposed bill, which would repeal and replace 2002′s Waste Diversion Act, manufacturers would be required to cover the cost of recycling their products. If they choose to do so by raising the prices of their products, they will be asked to include a clear recycling fee in “advertised and shelf prices,” according to Lindsay Davidson, spokesman for the Ministry of the Environment. In other words, “No more recycling fee surprises at the checkout counter,” Davidson said. Currently, tires and electronics are subject to the controversial eco-fees. By Bobby Elliott  See Full Story

Source:  Resource Recycling

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WPA ANNUAL RESIN FORECAST MEETING

Join the Western Plastics Association for the Annual Resin Forecast Meeting Tuesday, January 7.  Event will be held at the Norwalk Doubletree Hotel 13111 Sycamore Dr  Norwalk, CA.

Meeting starts at 5:30 to 9 :00 PM with reception, Dinner is at 6:15 PM.  For more information, contact WPA at info@westernplastics.org

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