The Federal Trade Commission is hearing calls from some state governments and the EPA to limit the chasing arrows on plastic resin ID codes and take a skeptical view on green marketing for chemical recycling.
Canada's government is out with a proposed new regulatory framework that would mandate recycled content for plastic packaging and toughen rules on green labeling.
Ahead of the next round of plastics treaty talks in Paris in late May, there are signs that more plastics groups will be at the table.
Oregon state lawmakers have passed measures to ban EPS and make it easier for restaurants to use reusable containers.
Plastics and chemical recycling issues are prominent in comments to the Federal Trade Commission as it seeks input to revise its Green Guides rules.
Advocates for reusable packaging gathering at a Washington conference pointed to what they see as environmental and economic benefits, even as they discussed challenges like getting favorable policy and building strong systems.
Industry groups had a mixed reaction to a draft U.S. plastics strategy released April 21 from EPA. Also, the White House is putting a higher priority on dealing with plastics pollution.
Unexpected bills coming due from research and development tax changes in President Donald Trump's 2017 tax reform law are leading to a "firestorm" of business lobbying in Washington, including for plastics companies.
After voting in 2020 to create the country's toughest requirements for recycled plastic in beverage bottles, California lawmakers are now debating setting goals for using bioplastics to bottle soft drinks, water and other beverages.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency went to Louisiana April 6 to unveil proposed emissions rules for plastic resin and chemical plants.