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Staples launches new policy to drive toxic chemicals out of office supplies, electronics, textiles, and other products (Source: Safer Chemicals)
New commitment targets PFAS, organohalogen flame retardants, phthalates, bisphenols, and other dangerous chemicals for safe substitution.
New Brunswick will require that manufacturers pay for the end-of-life collection and processing of the packaging materials they produce.
EPA settlement with Kansas-based pesticide distributor resolves alleged violations of pesticide labeling requirements (Source: EPA News Release)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with PBI-Gordon Corporation (PBI) of Shawnee, Kansas, resolving alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) in Longmont, Colorado, and Monroe, Washington.
Even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its ban of methylene chloride for consumer use in paint and coating removal on March 27, 2019, the prohibition actually takes effect on November 23, 2019.
Compliance Deadline Approaching for California Cleaning Product Disclosures while New York Program Stalls (Source: Beveridge & Diamond)
By January 1, 2021, the California RTK Act will require ingredient disclosures on product labels.
FDA flag retailer for selling over-the-counter drugs made by companies with ‘pattern of serious violations’ (Source: CNBC)
FDA issues a warning letter to a discount retailer for allegedly selling drugs from foreign companies that have violated U.S. federal law.
U.S. EPA settles with Arizona pesticide manufacturer for selling unregistered and misbranded pesticides (Source: EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Decon7 Systems LLC (Decon7) related to two pesticides produced by the Scottsdale company that were not registered with the EPA and were labeled with false and misleading claims about their safety and efficacy.
With this rule, EPA adds hazardous waste aerosol cans to those “universal wastes” regulated under title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 273.
Largest-ever analysis finds dramatic improvements among retailers between 2016 and 2019.
The holiday shopping season is well underway, and The National Retail Federation is predicting holiday retail sales will total between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion this year, and ecommerce is projected to grow 14.1% this holiday season, according to Adobe Analytics.
Fertilizer retailers in Nebraska and Iowa have settled complaints with EPA over their management of anhydrous ammonia — specifically, allegations they did not comply with risk management provisions in the Clean Air Act.
The state Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced a $17,021 fine against The Harr Motor Company for alleged violations of environmental regulations at two city facilities.
This year could be considered the year the circular economy really took hold, particularly the resale space, and a major force leading the charge was e-commerce platform ThredUp.
California is one of 10 states with a deposit-refund system for beverage containers
IKEA, Henkel and H&M are among those promising to go climate positive, but differ on what the term means
Honolulu passed a bill banning most plastic utensils, food containers and straws on the island of Oahu, where almost 70% of the state’s residents live.
There are several key regulations that will impact all industries that generate waste in 2020, including the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, varied electronic waste policies and further implementation of the e-Manifest system.
Oregon became the fourth state in the nation when lawmakers passed a statewide plastic bag ban earlier this year. The new law takes effect Jan. 1.
Polybags are the ubiquitous packaging of the fashion industry – something that unites brands small and large, from sportswear to luxury, to fast fashion retailers. This is the clear plastic bag which covers every garment from manufacturing to retail stores or consumer homes. In some cases, it is removed before it gets to a consumer, but polybags are still present ‘behind the scenes’.
Wegmans Food Markets plans to pull single-use plastic bags from all of its 47 New York stores on January 27.
Advocacy Groups Have a New Opening to Enforce the CWA When States Do Not Act (Source: National Law Review)
A district court judge adopted the rarely applied “constructive submission” doctrine, which could ultimately give advocacy groups leverage over states that ignore Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements.
Investigators reportedly found more than 10,000 dumped tires, many of them containing still water, which creates a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes among other things.
On January 14, 2020, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) adopted amendments it proposed on November 16, 2018, and modified on October 4, 2019, to the Proposition 65 (Prop 65) regulations setting forth the circumstances when a “retail seller” is responsible for providing consumer product exposure warnings. The amendments are effective on April 1, 2020.
A new tool aims to push apparel and home furnishings companies further toward sustainability, and ramps up efforts by the textile and fashion industries to align material choices with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Consumer Bag FAQ
- By [Kaela Martins]
Holiday Food Waste
- By [Tiffin Shewmake]
An Innovative Approach to Peer Benchmarking
- By [Tiffin Shewmake]
Summit Connects Retail Waste Execs with Tech Experts
- By [Tiffin Shewmake]
Retail Members Assemble for Environmental Committee Meeting
- By [Kathleen McGuigan]
Deadline for the CA Cleaning Product Right to Know Act
The RCC’s New Pharm Rule State Adoption Tracking Tools