The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Executive Committee adopted 96 policy resolutions during their 89th Annual Meeting, which was held virtually this year. The environmental committee of the organization introduced a policy resolution (resolution #57) supporting plastic pollution reduction as a response to a growing inability by municipalities to handle waste management systems.
A stakeholder advisory committee charged with making recommendations to the Washington legislature regarding the establishment of the state’s new extended producer responsibility for packaging law (E2SSB 5022) held their first meeting on Tuesday. The bill, which initially applied only to beverage containers, was expanded during the legislative session to include more product categories, but CHPA worked to secure an exemption for FDA approved over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, and medical devices.
Maine Governor Janet Mills signed groundbreaking legislation into law making her state the first in the nation to shift costs of municipal recycling and disposal from local government to product manufacturers.
Last week, the Oregon legislature passed S.B. 582, a first-of-its-kind law that shifts costs of recycling and product packaging disposal from municipal governments to producers of products. CHPA opposed the bill’s passage and had engaged in a session-long negotiation with lawmakers to exempt products produced by consumer healthcare manufacturers.