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

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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


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


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


APR highlights label solutions at mid-year meeting

More than 170 members of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers – a record for a mid-year APR meeting – met in Austin, Texas to receive an update on the group’s various projects, including some nascent solutions for full-wrap container sleeves and a push to increase mixed rigid plastics recovery.  The attendees were briefed via a series of committee meetings, covering various goals set out by the organization. Numerous technical sessions by committees covered topics such as non-bottle rigids, PET, olefins, processing equipment innovations and more.

Recyclability issues created by the use of shrink-sleeve labels and direct printing on plastic containers, a major and continuing concern for APR’s PET reclaimer members, saw some progress. Five companies were recognized for their efforts to produce direct printing and full-sleeve solutions that work according to the group’s technical guidance documents.  See Full Story

Source:  Resource Recycling


Two companies have big plans to boost PET consumption

A Texas bottle-to-bottle recycling firm is spending $60 million on equipment for an upcoming facility, and a clothing giant plans to invest $5 million in the company’s recycling center to meet demand for fabrics made using recovered plastics.  In Texas, CarbonLite Recycling is shelling out significant sums to outfit its new facility in the city of Abilene with of state-of-the-art plastic bottle recycling equipment. The Abilene plant, first announced in October of 2013, is slated to begin production in late 2014 and will allow CarbonLite to grow a partnership with Nestle Waters North America.  See Full story

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Hans Deamer to Retire as President of Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation

Lincoln, RI –  After 35 years of service, Hans Deamer, President and Treasurer of Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation,  is retiring.   Deamer left his native England with his family in 1979 to begin his career with W&H as Product Manager,   Printing Presses, when the company had only 11 employees. He became Senior VP of Sales in 1990, then in 2001 was promoted to President & Treasurer, when his predecessor, Jim Feeney, retired. Upon Deamer’s departure on June 6th, he will have been instrumental in building the company to more than 50 employees and $160 million in annual sales.   “We thank Hans for his 35 years of hard work and dedication in developing W&H’s North American market. His leadership, technical knowledge, and customer-first attitude has been integral in establishing W&H as an industry leader,” said Peter Steinbeck, Managing Director of the Windmöller & Hölscher Group in Germany.  Deamer has held long-term board positions with the FPA and other organizations and given numerous presentations on flexible packaging as well as flexographic and gravure printing at many industry forums.

 Current VP, Andrew Wheeler, has been appointed to take over leadership. “We are happy to have Andrew Wheeler at the helm. He’s been with WHC since 1988 and is very well connected in the industry,”  added Steinbeck.  Wheeler is responsible for igniting W&H’s success on the extrusion market. He led the team that built the company’s extrusion business from nothing to over $50 million annually. Since 2001, Wheeler has been Vice President of W&H Corporation. He is also a new member of the FPA board and previously served on the board of SPI.

 Klaus Kleemann will become the VP of Sales and Javeed Buch will become VP of Service. Both Buch and Kleemann are engineers and have been in management capacities at W&H for more than a decade.


WPA Vancouver, BC Meeting – May 14

Join WPA in Vancouver, BC on May 14 for an update on resin pricing, what is going to happen the remainder of 2014, and what will happen in the future.  Featured speaker, Kathy Hall of Petrochem Wire.  RSVP to  For more information, click here:  WPA BC May 14, 2014

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Garlock Printing & Converting Opens Plant in Reno, Nevada

Massachusetts-based Garlock Printing ( 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


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

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.

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