Maine enacts first packaging EPR law in US

By Janelle Nanos, Boston Globe  July 19, 2021 After a quarter-century, a Boston-based nonprofit scores big win with nation’s first law making companies pay to recycle the waste they produce. In the 90s, Cassel ran Massachusetts’ recycling and waste management programs, and one day local recycling officials began calling him…

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East Bridgewater joins SSRC

Voters unanimously approved East Bridgewater’s membership in the South Shore Recycling Cooperative (SSRC) at the Town’s June 14 Town Meeting.  Membership became effective on July 1. Rising costs and shrinking options prompted DPW Director John Haines and Operations Manager Rob Kenn to investigate joining the seventeen-town government organization.  After attending…

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Packaging EPR bills go to Governors of ME, OR

By Megan Quinn , Waste Dive, June 27, 2021 The two programs, which show growing momentum for EPR policies, would target most types of consumer packaging and require producers to pay into stewardship organizations regulated by state environmental agencies.  States on both coasts could be the first to implement extended producer responsibility laws for packaging…

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Packaging EPR hearing next Tuesday

(Action alert 6/15/21) The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture just scheduled its hearing on solid waste bills for Tuesday, 6/22 from 1-5 pm. A good showing by supporters is critical to getting the producer responsibility bills reported out favorably. This alert is primarily about the packaging and paper producer responsibility bill(s) H878/S610 /S517 .  EPR bills on…

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