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State

2023 Activity in States Picks up Where 2021, 2022 Left off

The years 2021 and 2022 were unprecedented with groundbreaking new laws in the packaging sector. Four states adopted new extended producer responsibility laws, two states adopted new recycled content mandates for various types of packaging, and California adopted a first-in-the-nation recycling labeling law. The year 2023 will also likely prove to be significant and precedent setting for packaging policy.

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National
Here Is a Look at Potential Impacts of the Elections

Here Is a Look at Potential Impacts of the Elections

Election Day on November 8 has been a date circled on the calendar for what feels like forever. From the first day of the 117th Congress on January 3, 2021, it seemed the race for the midterm elections had kicked off. Democrats focused their messaging on how to hold majority control of Congress and Republicans on how to regain leadership control. And now, here we are, with the elections upon us and at the time for assessing the impact of and planning for the next Congress.

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2022 Wraps Up With California Passing EPR for Packaging

2022 Wraps Up With California Passing EPR for Packaging

The year 2022 was significant and precedent-setting for the flexible packaging industry, with the addition of new state laws that will govern how packaging is made and managed at the end of life. Numerous states debated packaging issues, with two passing and signing extended producer responsibility bills for packaging. Many more states are addressing issues like recycled content mandates, labeling, and toxic chemicals in packaging.

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More States Ponder Packaging Policies

More States Ponder Packaging Policies

This year, more states are debating packaging issues. These debates, at times, are taking contrasting views over the role of producers in recycling systems and how requirements are developed.

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National
All Sides Agree: Workforce Issues Need Solutions

All Sides Agree: Workforce Issues Need Solutions

While aspects of the economy are in recovery, workforce issues are at a crisis point. Public and private entities, large and small companies are facing unprece­dented challenges in finding and retaining both entry-level and skilled workers as the labor force participation rate continues to decline.

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National
Looking Back / Moving Forward

Looking Back / Moving Forward

Biden Administration provides more clarity with priorities

The Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) federal advocacy efforts continue to advance to protect the priorities of the flexible packaging industry. “Flexible” has been the word of the year again, and efforts in Washington, D.C., continued to embrace this mantra.

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State
Expect Busy 2022 State Legislative Docket

Expect Busy 2022 State Legislative Docket

EPR, labeling, and recycling at the fore

If 2021 was a landmark year in terms of new packaging policy at the state level, 2022 likely will prove to be another precedent-setting year with the addition of several new state laws. Active conversations in at least a half dozen states indicate that the interest in new packaging policy has not waned and may be even larger.

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National
National Recycling Efforts Gain Support

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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