Independent Beauty Association Apprehensive About Patchwork of State Recycling Bills
Extended producer responsibility legislation passed last year in Maine and Oregon and is being considered in other states, including New Jersey and Hawaii as of January 2022. The Independent Beauty Association is concerned about a patchwork of laws forming across the US that would significantly challenge small and mid-sized companies.
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The Personal Care Products Council is engaging on state legislation for extended producer responsibility programs, which impose the cost of recycling plastic materials on manufacturers. Emerging bills to prohibit use of the ‘chasing arrows’ recycling symbol on consumer packaging also have the trade group’s attention.
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