EPR Proposal for Packaging Hits USA National Stage

Connector Summer 2019

In July, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal released an outline of legislation to address single-use plastics and packaging that would hold producers and consumers responsible for the waste they produce. The draft proposal marks the first time in three decades that EPR for packaging has been proposed at the federal level and underscores the dire nature of the current recycling and plastics pollution crisis, which Sen. Udall described as “past the tipping point.”

This fall, the legislators plan to introduce a federal bill.

The current draft proposal includes EPR for packaging as part of a comprehensive solution that also includes a nationwide container deposit requirement, ban on certain single-use plastic products, carryout bag fee, and standardized labeling for recycling and disposal. It also contains specific obligations that would shift the “large and growing financial burden of cleaning up plastic pollution from state and local governments to the companies that manufacture and sell the products.” The proposal would also protect local governments by penalizing states that prohibit local authorities from enacting plastic reduction policies.

Source: Product Stewardship Institute

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