International companies are still responding to Germany's environmental mandates on packaging and waste disposal. Last fall, one city and a Berlin-based federal court teamed up to put fast food disposable packaging in its sights.
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"We have been fighting a defensive battle for a long time," said Richard Thornburg, director of government relations for the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), in assessing the impact of the November elections.
The business community wasted no time in organizing to take advantage of the more pro-business climate on Capitol Hill. FPA joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Printing Industries of America, the Society of the Plastics Industry and other organizations and companies in a new coalition whose primary goal is to see that the regulatory-related language contained in the House Republicans' "Contract with America" is enacted.