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National

National Recycling Efforts Gain Support

Congress Considers Numerous Proposals

A top legislative priority for the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) continues to be an unwavering commitment to advocate for a national strategy to improve, advance, and increase plastics recycling in the U.S. From the time the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress were first sworn in earlier this year, FPA has worked with our industry partners on efforts to advance a comprehensive strategic framework to implement legislation and regulations that will create a more circular economy for flexible packaging and all plastics.

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State

Maine and Oregon Pass First U.S. EPR Laws

2021 will go down as a landmark year in terms of new packaging policy at the state level. Maine and Oregon’s legislatures have now officially passed extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws for packaging sold or distributed in their states.

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State

State Legislative Agendas Narrow

Packaging Policies Debated Through Spring Sessions

The 2021 state legislative sessions have focused on key policies that will squarely impact the flexible packing industry, namely post-consumer recycling (PCR) for certain packages, recyclability labeling, and extended producer responsibility (EPR).

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State

2021 Off to a Fast Start

States Debating EPR, Recycled Content, and Labeling Bills

2021 began with a rush in many states to consider policies that will squarely impact the flexible packing industry.

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National
Washington Shifts to “New Normal” Schedule

Washington Shifts to “New Normal” Schedule

Former Recycling Priorities Back On Track

At this time a year ago, advocacy efforts in Washington were just starting to adjust to the realities of a pandemic-dictated virtual work environment and a mostly reactive emergency-based legislative agenda.

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National
FPA Plots Course with Biden Administration

FPA Plots Course with Biden Administration

Economic Recovery and Sustainability Top List

Now that the Biden/Harris Administration is in place and the 117th Congress officially underway, the Flexible Packaging Association is working to support several important legislative priorities. Alison Keane, FPA President and CEO, reached out to the new administration early in the transition to communicate the association’s desire to work with the Biden team on legislative […]

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State
State Elections Set Up a Busy 2021

State Elections Set Up a Busy 2021

This Could Be Watershed Year for EPR, Other Bills

State elections were hotly contested in 2020, and they were of equal importance to federal elections due to the census and redistricting in 2021 and 2022. Despite the millions of dollars poured into state campaigns, it was largely a status quo election. Only the New Hampshire House and Senate switched party control from Democrat to […]

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National
Welcome to the 117th Congress

Welcome to the 117th Congress

Fresh Start Might Mean More Productive Year in 2021

2020 felt like both the longest and the shortest of years. In many respects, it seemed to be never-ending—particularly when it came to the endless election cycle and continuous online meetings. At the same time, given the chaotic nature of adapting to pandemic life and the pressure to complete legislation to address the pandemic response, […]

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State
2021 Framed by Fall Elections

2021 Framed by Fall Elections

State and Local Governments Will Be Picking Up Packaging Issues

Last year, elections at the state level had an outsized importance similar to elections at the federal level. A major driver was the 2020 census and the redistricting that will happen starting next year for Congressional and state legislative districts. State legislatures generally oversee that process, so an incredible amount of money and attention was […]

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Advocacy in a Time of Unknowns

Advocacy in a Time of Unknowns

Planning will be difficult

November is the month of the great unknowns. Questions abound, including how will the elections turn out? Who will be the president come January? Will the Senate flip to the Democrats’ control? Where will we be in fighting the pandemic and will some type of normalcy return, or will we be in the grip of new COVID-19 breakouts and […]

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National
With Summer Over, Advocacy Work Shifts

With Summer Over, Advocacy Work Shifts

In Washington, Labor Day is seen as the official end to summer, when Congress returns to the Capitol from its August recess and jumps into a busy legislative session as the end of the federal fiscal year approaches. After months of unceasing extraordinary situations—states reopening, police protests/riots, new COVID outbreaks, party conventions, market swings, trade […]

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State

State Legislatures Rebound During Summer

As the summer began, a majority of states had gone back into action following COVID-19 shutdowns. Many of the actions and regulatory proceedings will have a direct impact on flexible packaging for many years to come. New Jersey S2515 was introduced in New Jersey on June 4. It would establish new recycled-content standards for rigid […]

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