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Definition and development of functional barriers for the use of recycled materials in multilayer food packaging

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ACC Applauds House Committee Passage of Save Our Seas Act as a Win for Ocean

WASHINGTON (June 27, 2018) – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the Save Our Seas Act, which would reauthorize the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program. The following statement was issued by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and may be attributed to Steve Russell, vice president of ACC’s Plastics Division:

“ACC strongly supports the Save Our Seas Act and encourages the House of Representatives to move forward with passage of this important legislation. While marine debris is a huge problem—it is also a solvable one. This important legislation will help direct waste management resources where they are most urgently needed.

“The legislation includes the reauthorization of the Marine Debris Act, provisions to further study land-based waste management solutions and causes of marine debris, and increased investment and technical assistance to help expand waste management systems in rapidly industrializing nations.

“We strongly support the Act’s focus on international cooperation. Studies show that rapidly developing countries in Asia that lack basic waste collection and management account for the majority of waste entering our Ocean. This new emphasis on international cooperation on waste management focuses on the largest sources.

Legislation is one part of the answer. We and our members are working with governments, NGOs, and our industry peers to deliver sustainable solutions to marine debris. Through our “Global Declaration,” 75 plastics associations from 40 countries have launched 355 projects that address education, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery, and plastic pellet containment.

We know there is much more to be done. In May America’s plastic resin makers announced an ambitious goal: to recycle or recover all plastic packaging in the United States by 2040. Achieving a more circular economy for plastics will enable society to continue to harness plastics’ essential benefits, like enhancing the safety and sanitary packaging of food and personal care products, while helping to protect and restore the environment for future generations.”

» Publication Date: 27/06/2018

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