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Report Outlines Strategies, Policy Options for U.S. Recycling Programs

The report outlines problems faced by U.S. recycling programs and how EPR programs in four Canadian provinces have increased packaging recovery and recycling.
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EPA issues enforcement discretion policy for COVID-19 pandemic

EPA issues enforcement discretion policy for COVID-19 pandemic
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a temporary policy regarding the agency’s enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary enforcement discretion policy applies to civil violations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The policy addresses different categories of noncompliance differently. For example, under the policy EPA does not expect to seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations that are the result of the COVID-19 pandemic but does expect operators of public water systems to continue to ensure the safety of our drinking water supplies. The policy also describes the steps that regulated facilities should take to qualify for enforcement discretion.

“EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, but recognizes challenges resulting from efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may directly impact the ability of regulated facilities to meet all federal regulatory requirements,” says EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This temporary policy is designed to provide enforcement discretion under the current, extraordinary conditions, while ensuring facility operations continue to protect human health and the environment.”

EPA’s policy will apply retroactively beginning on March 13. EPA will assess the continued need for and scope of this temporary policy on a regular basis and will update it if EPA determines modifications are necessary.

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Source: Recycling Today
EPA issues enforcement discretion policy for COVID-19 pandemic
<![CDATA[The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a temporary policy regarding the agency’s enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary enforcement discretion policy applies to civil violations during the COVID-19 outbreak.The policy addresses different categories of noncompliance differently. For example, under the policy EPA does not expect to seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations that are the result of the COVID-19 pandemic but does expect operators of public water systems to continue to ensure the safety of our drinking water supplies. The policy also describes the steps that regulated facilities should take to qualify for enforcement discretion.“EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, but recognizes challenges resulting from efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may directly impact the ability of regulated facilities to meet all federal regulatory requirements,” says EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This temporary policy is designed to provide enforcement discretion under the current, extraordinary conditions, while ensuring facility operations continue to protect human health and the environment.”EPA’s policy will apply retroactively beginning on March 13. EPA will assess the continued need for and scope of this temporary policy on a regular basis and…

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Healthcare Packaging Manufacturers Struggling with Sustainability

Healthcare packaging faces enormous challenges around sustainability, industry experts said at a conference in North Carolina earlier this month. And that was before covid-19 swept through the region.

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$2 Trillion US Stimulus Package Skips Emissions Requirements for Airlines

The United States’ historic $ 2 trillion stimulus package provides around $ 60 billion for the airline industry, but leaves out a requirement that the companies cut their greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050.

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Reusable Cup Initiatives Confront Covid-19 Concerns

Chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts stopped allowing refills for personal cups in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, but reusable container advocates say that doesn’t mean the packaging transition is over. Just that the focus has changed.

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Pandemic Upends Commercial Renewable Energy Demand

The covid-19 pandemic is disrupting industries around the world, including renewable energy. With so many workers stuck at home, experts caution that corporate renewable energy demand could drop off.

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Celebrating Everyday Heroes in the Waste and Recycling Industry

Waste360 shares some "feel good" stories highlighting members of the waste, recycling and organics industry.
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Box makers tout vital role in epidemic

Box makers tout vital role in epidemic
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The Itasca, Illinois-based Fibre Box Association and the Brussels-based International Confederation of Paper and Board Converters in Europe (CITPA) have each issued statements addressing the need for their industry sector to keep functioning.

The Fibre Box Association says that in North America, “Manufacturers of corrugated cardboard boxes are working to keep transport packaging flowing to makers of essential products, including packaging for food and other consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products, tissue and hygiene products and more amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

States Dennis Colley, president and CEO of the Fibre Box Association, “Corrugated cardboard packaging is the backbone of the American supply chain. As COVID-19 changes our daily lives, we want to assure consumers that the box industry is continuing to operate and to deliver needed packaging to our customers who supply grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices and hospitals with food and medical supplies to keep us all healthy and safe.”

The association says it has joined with the American Forest & Paper Association “in encouraging federal, state and local governments to recognize the corrugated packaging industry as ‘essential’ when drafting ‘shelter in place’ orders. We ask for clear exclusion of our manufacturing operations to limit disruptions to the supply chain.”

Adds the group, “Disruption in the availability of these goods would cause significant hardships to consumers across the country who depend on steady and stable supplies.”

In Europe, CITPA says cross-border restrictions should be avoided in the case of paper and board packaging and the raw materials used to produce them. The organization says its paper and board  converter members “call on the European Commission and member states’ governments to ensure continued cross-border and intercountry transport of raw materials, goods and packaging.”

“The industry urges governments to keep the borders open and to allow continued transport of raw materials and packaging which are vital for the medical and food sectors” says CITPA Secretary General Angelika Christ.

Christ says member states are starting to develop lists of key or critical sectors, and CITPA is calling on them and the European Commission to ensure that paper and board packaging manufacturing and related value chain activities are recognized as such. It is a critical sector and should be included in the ‘green corridors’ for the free flowing transport of raw materials and goods, says CITPA.

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Source: Recycling Today
Box makers tout vital role in epidemic
<![CDATA[The Itasca, Illinois-based Fibre Box Association and the Brussels-based International Confederation of Paper and Board Converters in Europe (CITPA) have each issued statements addressing the need for their industry sector to keep functioning.The Fibre Box Association says that in North America, “Manufacturers of corrugated cardboard boxes are working to keep transport packaging flowing to makers of essential products, including packaging for food and other consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products, tissue and hygiene products and more amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”States Dennis Colley, president and CEO of the Fibre Box Association, “Corrugated cardboard packaging is the backbone of the American supply chain. As COVID-19 changes our daily lives, we want to assure consumers that the box industry is continuing to operate and to deliver needed packaging to our customers who supply grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices and hospitals with food and medical supplies to keep us all healthy and safe.”The association says it has joined with the American Forest & Paper Association “in encouraging federal, state and local governments to recognize the corrugated packaging industry as ‘essential’ when drafting ‘shelter in place’ orders. We ask for clear exclusion of our manufacturing operations to limit disruptions to the supply chain.”Adds the group,…

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How to Respond Effectively to Covid-19 Waste Generation

The covid-19 pandemic threatens to create large amounts of new waste. Stericycle’s Wade Scheel share what resource managers confronting this new reality need to know.

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Report: Large E-Commerce Retailers More Carbon-Efficient than Physical Stores

Greenhouse gas emissions for large e-commerce retailers in the United States are 17% lower than brick-and-mortar retail, according to a new report published this week.

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