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OPERATIONS
PACKAGING
LEGISLATION
by Andy Nelson
COMMISSARIES, RETAILERS
AND SUPPLIERS are all
scrambling to adapt to a series of
recently or soon-to-be-passed
laws aimed at cutting the amount
of packaging waste in the US
food system.
In 2021, Maine became the
first state to pass legislation
establishing Extended Producer
Responsibility (EPR) laws for
packaging and paper materials.
Oregon quickly followed suit,
passing its own legislation, also
last year.
Many other states have similar
bills pending. A large percentage
of them establish extended
producer responsibility program
requirements for producers
of packaging material sold,
offered for sale or distributed in
the respective state, including
through an online transaction.
Many of the bills include printed
paper and/or paper products,
while some have also included
a range of single-use products
such as straws, utensils, cups,
plates and plastic bags. In most
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bills, producers are also required
to join a producer responsibility
organization (PRO) and pay some
form of a fee to the PRO to help
with collection, education and
implementation of EPR goals.
The bill now making its way
through the California legislature,
for instance, bans online retailers
that sell and ship purchased
products from using singleuse
plastic shipping envelopes,
cushioning, or void fill to ship or
transport the products.
It also prohibits a
manufacturer, retailer,
producer, or distributor from
using expanded or extruded
polystyrene packaging to
package or transport shipped
products into the state and
requires stores to establish an
at-store recycling program
for customers to return clean
plastic carryout bags and clean
reusable bags.
Many of the laws are driven by
surging consumer demand for
more environmentally-friendly
packaging.
According to recent Ipsos data,
80% of Americans are concerned
about the environment in
general, and 84% have specific
concerns about plastic and
packaging waste. The concern
was widespread across
generations, with baby boomers
having the highest level of
concern about packaging waste
at 87%, followed by Gen Z (85%),
millennials (83%) and Gen X (79%).
Getting on board
Retailers are starting to adapt to
this new world.
Rochester, N.Y.-based
Wegmans, for instance, recently
announced its plans to eliminate
plastic bags companywide by
the end of 2022. The company's
goal is to shift all customers to
reusable bags.
" We understand shoppers
are accustomed to receiving
plastic bags at checkout and
losing that option requires a
significant change, " said Jason
Wadsworth, Wegmans' category
merchant for packaging, energy,
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and sustainability. " We are here
to help our customers with this
transition as we focus on doing
what's right for the environment.
As we've encountered plastic bag
legislation in numerous markets,
we've learned there's more we
can do, and a bigger impact we
can make, together with our
customers. "
Wegmans will incentivize
the use of reusable bags by
charging five cents per paper
bag, an approach that has proven
successful in New York and other
markets. In stores where the
company has already eliminated
plastic bags, on average, paper
bags are used for 20-25% of
transactions, while the remaining
75-80% use reusable bags, or no
bag at all.
By eliminating plastic bags
from the rest of its stores and
focusing on transitioning
our customers to reusable
bags, Wegmans is preventing
approximately 345,000,000
single-use bags from going
into circulation in a year's time,
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