Tomra - pantesystem. Sensasjonell utvikling i USA!


Da markerer jeg at sommerferien er over, eller iallefall går mot slutten for de aller fleste, med denne trådstaten om at en av de aller største nyhetene i Tomra Systems historie ser ut til å være under oppseiling i USA!

Jeg har tidligere postet om at to senatorer (fra henholdsvis California og New Mexico) kommer til å fremme lovforslag om at det innføres et nasjonalt pantesystem i USA. Dette forslaget er ute på høring frem til 21.august og får nå industriell støtte. Det aller gledeligste er imidlertid at ansvarlige tilsynsmyndigheter i California nå krever at guvernøren revolusjonerer det fallerte pantesystemet i delstaten som er en av verdens største økonomier. Det sies jo at det som skjer i California, skjer etterpå i resten av USA.

Tanken på et nasjonalt pantesystem i USA er mildt sagt besnærende i et Tomra-perspektiv...


USA

Ambitious legislation focuses on plastics issues / Recycling front and centre / Bans on some single-trip products foreseen / Plastics industry voices support

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Up to 21 August and possibly beyond, senator Tom Udall of New Mexico and representative Alan Lowenthal of California are seeking comment on wide-sweeping proposals to tackle the burgeoning plastics waste problem that may be hitting the often throwaway-happy US even harder than some other industrialised countries.

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Wide-sweeping proposals resemble EU strategy

Under the Udall-Lowenthal plan – that in some points resembles existing European legislation and the EU’s circular economy strategy – plastics producers would be required to design, manage and finance efforts toward end-of-life management of their products and packaging. They also would be expected to help cover the costs of waste management schemes as well as (along with state governments) promote awareness-raising measures addressing disposable packaging, filters, wet wipes, balloons and lightweight plastic bags. Industry also would be given “incentives” to develop products that are less polluting.

The pair’s legislative ideas also extend to a national deposit-return scheme for beverage containers, whereby major beverage retailers would be obligated to install and operate reverse vending systems to promote collection of containers.

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The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics; www.plasticsindustry.org) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC; www.americanchemistry.org), both based in Washington, D.C., have welcomed congressional efforts to deal with issues surrounding plastics. Steve Russell, VP of the ACC’s plastics division, said the association “is proud to support SOS 2.0, which will build upon the progress the industry is making to address marine debris across the world.” Patty Long, interim president and CEO of Plastics – see Plasteurope.com of 02.08.2019 – said new congressional proposals such as the marine debris response trust fund as well as more research to understand the root causes of plastics pollution and federal support for improving water and waste management infrastructure “are all critical to any effort to address the threat of marine debris.”

Published on 09.08.2019

https://www.plasteurope.com/news/USA_t243056/



Consumer Watchdog urges Governor to take urgent steps on recycling

Consumer Watchdog today urged Governor Newsom to crack down on the state’s recycling regulator CalRecycle and to take urgent steps that save the state’s bottle deposit program in the long and short term.

10.08.2019


“The closure of the largest recycling chain in the state, rePlanet, has cut the number of recycling centers available to Californians in half over the last six years,” Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court wrote in a letter to Governor Newsom. “CalRecycle has long known about these problems, but it has failed to act.”

“CalRecycle has failed to save the redemption centers, to force the retailers to live up to their legal obligations, to hold beverage companies accountable for bilking the state and to honestly present the financial ledger of the recycling program,” Court wrote. “The leadership of CalRecyle needs to change its attitude and treat this crisis as a crisis or it needs to be replaced. We suggest an immediate job review for the director of CalRecycle and possible replacement depending upon on its findings.”

Court wrote, “Most troubling, CalRecycle has failed to live up to its obligation to issue financial reports required by the legislature for the last thirteen months. In a moment of crisis, when the public and legislature needed to know how much the state held in unredeemed bottle and can deposits, CalRecycle’s failure to report on those fund balances left us blind.”

“This is gross mismanagement that should not be tolerated. The leadership of CalRecyle needs to change its attitude and treat this crisis as a crisis or it needs to be replaced. We suggest an immediate job review for the director of CalRecycle and possible replacement depending upon on its findings.”

“California’s landmark Bottle Deposit law of 1986 is broken and CalRecyle is busy catering to the concerns of various special interest groups that have left the program in gridlock. Grocers, beverage companies, and waste haulers have shirked obligations, both legal and financial, with impunity. Redemption centers are failing and CalRecyle is not helping them survive. It’s time for a new day for recycling in California.”

In the short term, Consumer Watchdog recommended that CalRecyle should:

1. enforce the law and crack down on grocers and retailers that are obligated to take back bottles and cans to make sure they are informing customers of their duty and performing their redemption obligations;

2. immediately report how much consumer deposit money it holds in state accounts and file timely quarterly reports as required to under the law;

3. embark on a high profile public education and enforcement campaign to let consumers know they have an easy way to redeem their bottles and cans, and that grocers and retailers will be penalized for not living up to their obligations.
Court wrote: “In the long term, a special session of the legislature or gubernatorial strike force is needed to modernize the bottle deposit laws based on the best available research about successful programs across the nation and world.

We recommend you direct the Cal-EPA to evaluate options for:

1. reforming California’s bottle bill program with a mandatory 90% recycling target;

2. requiring all major retail chains that sell beverages to redeem them without exemption;

3. moving financial and operational responsibility to the beverage companies.

“Successful beverage container deposit programs around the world have these attributes. California’s program must be reformed. Consumer convenience must be paramount. Accountability and efficiency for recyclers should be incentivized.”

https://www.recycling-magazine.com/2019/08/10/consumer-watchdog-urges-governor-to-take-urgent-steps-on-recycling/



Tired of Plastic Junk? Recycling Bills Propose Dramatic New Rules

CALmatters August 11, 2019


As bills that take aim at plastic waste make their way through California’s legislature, the damage they intend to fix already is rippling through the state’s recycling economy.

On Monday, rePlanet, a major collector of beverage bottles and cans, shut its 284 collection centers in California, citing lower subsidies from the state as well as challenges facing recyclers and municipalities across California: higher operating costs and dwindling returns from post-consumer recyclables.

It was a vivid example of challenges threatening the ability of Californians to recycle and helps explain the progress a trio of bills is making through the legislature. All aim to change the economics of recycling by legislating a tough financial incentive for manufacturers.

Two of the bills, authored by Democrats Lorena Gonzalez in the Assembly and Ben Allen in the Senate, are identical and would require manufacturers to reduce waste from packaging and certain plastic products. The other, by Assemblyman Phil Ting, calls on manufacturers to increase the minimum recycled content in plastic beverage bottles over the next decade.

All of the bills have cleared their houses of origin and their authors say they are cautiously optimistic they will pass in the Democratic-controlled Assembly and Senate.

https://gvwire.com/2019/08/11/tired-of-plastic-junk-recycling-bills-propose-dramatic-new-rules/



Florida:


Revamped ‘bottle bill’ with reduced deposit tax filed for 2020 session

By John Haughey | The Center Square Aug 8, 2019 Updated Aug 8, 2019


State Sen. Kevin Rader has again submitted his proposed "Florida Beverage Container Deposit Act" seeking to make Florida the nation’s 11th state to impose a refundable tax on recyclable cans and bottles beginning in 2021.

Rader, D-Boca Raton, and fellow South Florida Democrat, Rep. Richard Stark of Weston, sponsored similar legislation last year in both chambers but neither gained traction in committees.

The 2019 bill would have required consumers to pay a 20- to 30-cent tax – which would be the highest in the nation – on glass, aluminum, steel, “bimetal,” or plastic, including polyethylene terephthalate, high-density polyethylene, “and all other plastic types and grades” beverage containers holding between 6 fluid ounces and 1 gallon.

Rader’s 2020 version would reduce that tax to 5 cents for each beverage container between 6-25 fluid ounces and 10 cents for each container between 25 fluid ounces and 1 gallon.

Consumers can get that upfront tax back when they bring the empty containers back to grocery stores and “redemption” centers.


https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/revamped-bottle-bill-with-reduced-deposit-tax-filed-for-session/article_07a74332-0338-523c-9530-2b001c652e68.html
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