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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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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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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. As a result, the bag industry, which has fought tooth and … 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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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Three California environmental groups are suing Huntington Beach, claiming that the city unjustifiably repealed its ban on plastic bags.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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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 … Read Full Post

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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 … Read Full Post

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