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Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island, Queens) introduced a bill that would impose a fee on the sale of virgin plastic used for single-use products. The tax would start at 10-cents per pound in 2022, increase to 15-cents per pound in 2023, increase to 20-cents per pound in 2024, and then be adjusted for inflation from 2025 onward. The bill, S. 2645, was originally introduced in the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on August 5th.

Keller and Heckman Partners Pamela Langhorn and Hazel O’Keeffe will be giving presentations during the virtual Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs Conference, which will take place December 14-16, 2021. Pam will speak on Food-Contact Paper Regulations Around the Globe and Hazel will speak on the German and the Swiss Printing Inks Ordinances.

Keller and Heckman Partner Hazel O’Keeffe will present, “Legislative aspects: food contact and recycled material,” followed by Associate Ales Bartl who will present, “Legislative aspects: REACH and recycled material,” at the International Seminar on Plastics Recycling, taking place in Valencia, Spain on December 1-2, 2021. The seminar will focus on the challenges of recycling plastic waste when implementing a circular economy that aims to create more sustainable solutions.

Proposed changes to California’s Proposition 65 short form warning and concerns about over-warning were among the topics discussed at the Proposition 65 Clearinghouse Annual Meeting, held virtually on September 27, 2021.

On September 30, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prevailed in the federal lawsuit brought by the Center for Food Safety and the Environmental Defense Fund challenging FDA’s final rule, titled, Substances Generally Recognized as Safe. The U.S.

Why Are Some Resin Codes in a Solid Triangle and Others in Chasing Arrows?

I believe ASTM took over administration of the Resin Identification Codes and issued a standard (ASTM D7611) that changed the recycling arrow...

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1200, known as the California Safer Food Packaging Cookware Act of 2021, on October 5, 2021. The bill bans the use of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging composed in substantial part of paper, paperboard, or other materials derived from plant fibers. It also requires warning labels on cookware to which PFAS was intentionally added.

On October 5, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 343, Truth in Labeling for Recyclable Materials. This bill is intended to reduce recycling contamination and consumer confusion with respect to recycling.