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State governors would be able to restrict the import of out-of-state garbage under a bill passed by the Senate and under consideration in the House. Until now, the courts have considered garbage to be interstate commerce that only Congress can regulate.
Green-Tek (Edgerton, WI) has developed dual-ovenable, micro-waveable and freezer compatible trays made of CPET. These thermally stable trays can withstand 40° to 400°F and are available in black or white.
WeighPack Systems (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) offers machines for efficient and accurate bagging of fresh, processed or frozen foods from less than 1/2 oz to 50 lb into a variety of bags, cartons, jars or trays.
The four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.
Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) Cougar(TM)LS flowrapper now has a lap seal feature for use on shrink, PE and other films. Uses a rotary hot knife to form end seals, eliminating hot wires and producing attractive bead seals.