The California Office of Administrative Law has approved changes to the state's Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Program. The updated regulations will take effect January 1 and are available to view here.
British Columbia is the most successful Canadian province in implementing extended producer responsibility programs, according to non-profit watchdog organization EPR Canada. The group recently released a scorecard measuring EPR progress across the country, with BC taking the top spot, followed closely by Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
Toronto's five-cent fee for plastic bags was repealed July 1, but many retailers are still collecting the fees, according to a report in The National Post. Retailers say they are donating the proceeds to charity.
The Foodservice Packaging Institute has formed a 19-member Plastics Recovery Group to improve recovery of plastic packaging and assist in recycling market development. More information on the group, which includes Dart Container Corp., NatureWorks LLC, Total Petrochemicals and Refining, and other stakeholders, can be found here.