The April Issue of WPA Today Newsletter

The April issue of WPA Today Newsletter is now available Click HERE to view

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Are plastic bags back in Huntington Beach?

Plastic bags brought Mike Posey into politics.  And Monday night, Posey led the charge to bring plastic bags back to Huntington Beach.  The City Council supported Posey’s ordinance repealing the ban on plastic bags (and the 10-cent mandatory charge for paper bags) by a 6-1 vote.  BY KEITH SHARON   See Full Story

Source:  OC Register

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Procter & Gamble Joins National Effort to Recycle Flexible Plastic Wraps, Bags

ACC is pleased to announce that the Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) has joined the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG), a self-funded group that is driving unprecedented growth in the recovery of flexible polyethylene (PE) film, wraps and bags. “Optimizing and recovering packaging is a key part of our sustainability mission at P&G,” said Stephen Sikra, P&G Research and Development Manager. “Our aim is to reduce our environmental footprint as a Company and that of the consumers who choose our products. Working with the FFRG and our value chain partners to expand film collection and recycling is a focused priority as we work toward that goal.”  See Full Story

Source:  American Chemistry Council

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New Research on Principal Component Analysis

Researchers from the Spanish University of Zaragoza have carried out a PCA (Principal Component Analysis) on inks commonly used in food packaging materials and the migration of ink components to food.  By Jenny Eagle+Jenny EAGLE, 02-Dec-2014.  See full story

Source:  Food Production Daily

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Proposed ballot measure means California plastic bag ban likely on hold

Plastic bag manufacturers stand to sell 9 billion additional plastic bags simply by gathering enough signatures for a ballot measure to repeal the state’s plastic bag ban, which is scheduled to take effect July 1.  BY MARTIN WISCKOL  Read Full Story

Source:  Orange County Register

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Opinion: Plastic bag referendum is no-lose situation

Superficially, it would seem to make little sense for the plastic grocery bag industry to spend millions of dollars on a referendum to overturn the state’s new ban on their products.  After all, dozens of cities have already imposed plastic bag bans of their own, and a recent poll by the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Times found that voters support a statewide ban by a nearly 2-1 margin. But bag companies are spending heavily to gather the hundreds of thousands of registered-voter signatures they need to place the issue before voters in 2016.  By Dan Walters Read More

Source:  Sacramento Bee

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California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown

California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year.  The ban, the subject of years of debate, was one of the most heavily lobbied issues in the final days of the legislative session, with back-and-forth votes this week. The Senate approved the measure 22-15 on Friday.  By David Siders Read Full Story

Source:  Sacramento Bee

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/29/6665958/california-plastic-bag-ban-heads.html#storylink=cpy

 

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FTC warns American Plastic Lumber on its post-consumer content claim

A California-based plastic lumber company is settling charges that it allegedly made deceptive claims about the amount of post-consumer material in its products, the Federal Trade Commission said.  American Plastic Lumber Inc. of Shingle Springs, Calif., allegedly implied in advertising and marketing materials from at least June 2011 through June 2013 that “its products — and the recycled plastics they contain — were made virtually all out of post-consumer recycled content such as milk jugs and detergent bottles,” FTC said.  By Jim Johnson  Read Full Story

Source:  Plastics News

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Pilot project seeks to bring multi-material pouches into recycling, reuse stream

There’s the blue bag for traditional recyclables and the red bag for medical waste and the black bag for regular old trash.  Now comes the purple bag, officially known as the Energy Bag.   And it’s aimed squarely at multi-material pouches and other plastics that typically aren’t recycled.  A pilot project just starting in Citrus Heights, Calif., will help determine if there can be viable diversion away from landfills for these pouches and other plastics by using the purple bag.  By Jim Johnson Read Full Story

Source:  Plastics News

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Waste Disposal Rate Remains Low Amid Accelerating Economy

SACRAMENTO – Despite an improving economy in which more material is being produced, bought, and consumed, Californians remain vigilant about keeping waste out of landfills.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) announced today that Californians disposed an average of 4.4 pounds of solid waste per person per day in 2013, representing little change over the previous year. By holding steady on disposal during a period of growth, Californians continue to demonstrate a commitment to habits that support the state’s waste reduction and resource conservation goals.

“A stronger economy brings a tougher challenge to our efforts to reduce waste, and California’s response has been commendable,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said. “There’s every reason to believe we can maintain a balance between our economy and environment. With an ongoing commitment and new measures that strengthen our campaign to reduce, reuse, and recycle our discards, we aim to preserve sustainability as we experience growth.”  Read Full Release

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