The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) pledge to work more closely with the industries it regulates will be put to the test by a request from the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) to revise its proposed regulations on emissions of hazardous air pollutants.
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As the buying habits of Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Clorox and People's Republic of China go, so goes the U.S. market for recycled packaging materials. Recycling capacity and changes in feedstock play major roles, too.
Last month, PW's exclusive survey showed which packaging materials have shown increased prices and their effects on purchasing. In Part Two, purchasers explain the negative effects these prices have on product prices, and even on product sales.
When the Environmental Protection Agency asked for peer review of a draft report prepared by the Tellus Institute on the costs and benefits of bottle bills, the Coalition for Comprehensive Recycling, a broad-based group including representatives from industry, organized labor and retail trades, had plenty to say.