The Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has formed a task force to examine political and environmental trends in California that could affect plastics adversely.
``Many issues from the 1980s have started to resurface again,'' said Scott Merrill, Batavia, Ohio-based Milacron Inc.'s vice president of injection molding and machinery sales for North and South America.
Special interest groups ``have changed their tactics and gone to the local levels'' rather than targeting Sacramento, Merrill said during SPI Western Region's annual meeting, held Sept. 22-24 in San Diego.
Merrill was named to the task force, along with John Clair, general manager at High Sierra Plastics of Bishop, Calif., a custom injection and blow molder and thermoformer; and Anoosheh Mostafaei, president of Ship and Shore Environmental Inc. of Signal Hill, Calif., a designer, fabricator and installer of specialized emission controls and oxidizers.
``Anything happening in California always makes its way through the nation,'' Mostafaei said.
He said SPI needs to ``allocate funds, personnel [and] whatever it will take at the national level'' to address the issues in California before they affect the entire country.
Some issues at the forefront involve proposed local bans on polystyrene and fees on the use of polyethylene grocery or retail bags, as well as use of space in solid-waste facilities.