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Fri Aug 20, 2021, 06:50 AM

Maine Will Make Companies Pay for Recycling. Here's How It Works.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/21/climate/maine-recycling-law-EPR.html


The law aims to take the cost burden of recycling away from taxpayers. One environmental advocate said the change could be “transformative.”

Recycling, that feel-good moment when people put their paper and plastic in special bins, was a headache for municipal governments even in good times. And, only a small amount was actually getting recycled.

Then, five years ago, China stopped buying most of America’s recycling, and dozens of cities across the United States suspended or weakened their recycling programs.

Now, Maine has implemented a new law that could transform the way packaging is recycled by requiring manufacturers, rather than taxpayers, to cover the cost. Nearly a dozen states have been considering similar regulations and Oregon is about to sign its own version in coming weeks.

Maine’s law “is transformative,” said Sarah Nichols, who leads the sustainability program at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. More fundamentally, “It’s going to be the difference between having a recycling program or not.”


Long piece but quite good and I hope more states go this way

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Fri Aug 20, 2021, 06:53 AM

1. Dirigo

Yup

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Fri Aug 20, 2021, 12:21 PM

2. I direct!

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