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Lobbying group fights surge of bills targeting plastic packaging


February 24, 2020

DAVID JOLES – Star Tribune

Leaders at Eureka Recycling, which services Minneapolis and St. Paul, say a growing amount of plastic entering their doors can't be sorted and recycled for resale like traditional plastic bottles and containers. And more and more junk material gets mixed in.

Washington state Sen. Christine Rolfes was expecting industry lobbyists to oppose her bill making corporations pay for recycling in the Evergreen State. But alongside the usual plastic manufacturers and waste firms was a new opponent - a defender of bubble wrap, cereal bags and takeout containers.

A lobbyist for the St. Paul-based American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (Ameripen) spoke against Rolfes' bill on behalf of some of America's largest corporations - including General Mills and 3M. Last year, lawmakers replaced the regulation proposal with a study.


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