As the news out of California has proved, legislative action dealing with plastics can have some big impacts on the industry. (Check out Steve Toloken's coverage of California's Senate Bill 54, which will bring extended producer responsibility to the state and likely have implications beyond its borders.)
The thing is, there are a lot of public policy actions involving plastics happening throughout the U.S. at any one time.
But now, finally, there's one place you can go to track what's happening.
The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators has a 2022 recap covering what's going on in terms of public policy, consolidated at one website. That includes actions involving plastics, with 270 bills being considered in 36 states. Forty bills passed and 27 were enacted, NCEL says.
"This year, states continued to push for zero-waste policies that eliminate single-use plastics, improve waste management and advance effective recycling strategies," the group says.
From there, you can click through to an interactive map with actions by individual states.
The NCEL website also allows you to sort bills dealing with PFAS (218 bills in 31 states), climate justice (118 bills from 24 states), emission reductions (21 bills from 15 states) and a range of other environmental issues.