We previously reported that on 30 May 2019, Maine adopted legislation (Law LD 1431) that requires the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to draft an EPR packaging bill. The bill would require producers to finance at least 80% of the cost associated with recycling packaging and to reimburse municipalities for managing non-recyclable packaging items. It is hoped that an EPR Law will transform the current recycling system in Maine which is currently struggling due to the loss of export markets.
In January 2020, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection presented a draft of the next stage of legislation to the Maine Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. The draft Bill may be published for debate by February of this year. This brings Maine a step closer to having an EPR regulation in place for packaging. However, Sarah Nichols, Sustainable Maine Director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine has indicated that it may take up to two years to get the system up and running if the Bill passes into Law.
No state in the USA currently has packaging EPR legislation in place. However, several states including California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington have also proposed EPR Packaging legislation.
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