EU and CA Packaging Regulations: What do They Mean for Plastics Recycling?
EPR, Mandated Recycled Content, Product Bans, Take Back Requirements. These terms have recently taken on a renewed sense of urgency. California's state agency responsible for recycling regulations, Calrecycle, has just announced new proposals to regulate plastic packaging and the plastics recycling industry. Similar proposals in Europe are regularly announced. How serious are these proposals, what are their chances for implementation, and what do they mean for the recycling industry in North America, Europe, and beyond?