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WPA Today Fall Edition

The Fall Issue of The WPA Today is available for your review.  This issue is filled with news about the elections, legislative matters and updates on the California Manufacturers Challenge.  Click wpatoday_sept2016 to view.

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Surging California economy vaulted to world’s 6th largest in 2015

California, along with Oregon, had the nation’s highest rate of economic growth in 2015 and has vaulted to sixth largest economy in the world.  The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis says that California’s economy expanded by 5.7 percent in 2015, … Read Full Post

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NYC bag fee delayed after action from state lawmakers

The battle over plastic bags in New York City isn’t over yet.  City leaders have agreed to delay the imposition of a 5-cent charge for thin plastic bags from October of this year to February 2017.  The New York Times … Read Full Post

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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 … Read Full Post

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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 … Read Full Post

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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 … Read Full Post

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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 … Read Full Post

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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 … Read Full Post

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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 … Read Full Post

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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 … Read Full Post

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