Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Legislation Signed by Maine Governor

A July 14, 2021 Washington Post story https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/maine-becomes-first-state-to-shift-costs-of-recycling-from-taxpayers-to-companies/2021/07/13/aa6fbe44-e416-11eb-8aa5-5662858b696e_story.html reports that on that day the Governor of Maine signed a bill making it “… the first state in the nation to require companies that create consumer packaging to pay for the costs of recycling it … establishing an ‘extended producer responsibility’ program. The legislation on EPR for packaging will charge large packaging producers for collecting and recycling cardboard boxes, plastic containers and other packaging materials, as well as for disposing of nonrecyclable packaging. The income generated will be used to support recycling efforts in local communities …” – The text of the bill LD 1541 (HP 1146) “An Act To Support and Improve Municipal Recycling Programs and Save Taxpayer Money” is here: http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280080518 #Recycling #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePackaging #EPR

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