Three US States are considering packaging bills
The US States of Indiana, New York and Rhode Island are discussing at committee level draft bills concerning packaging waste. The following is discussing:
In Indiana producers with gross sales of above USD 250.000 are expected to register with the department of environmental management. The bill in Indiana sets collection targets of 50% on all household packaging by 1 July 2023 and 60% by 1 July 2026. Producers with a gross sales between USD 250.000 and 500.000 are required to make annual payments of USD 750 but are exempted of paying any additional compliance fees.
In New York the proposal requires all packaging sold in the state of New York to be environmentally friendly. All packaging would have to show the sentence ‘COMPLIES WITH NEW YORK STATE PACKAGING LAW’. Conditional exemptions will be considered through an application and payment of an application fee. However, supplementary legislation would be needed to implement the law.
In Rhode Island the proposal states that producers of designated packaging materials either individually or collectively need to submit program plans for handling packaging waste. This plan requires approval by the department of environmental management and producers need to implement them within 1 year of the entry into force of the law.