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REVISIONS TO CA RPPC LAW ADD MORE PACKAGING TO THE MIX

Posted By ASC, Monday, February 04, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The regulation impacts any manufacturer selling products in RPPCs in California. Adhesive and sealant manufacturers have been complying with this law since 1991, but the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) recently eliminated certain exemptions which may draw additional products into required compliance. 



Change highlights include:



  • Number of Closures – original law regulated only containers “capable of multiple closures” with attached or unattached lid but new revision eliminates distinction between single and multiple use containers.  For example, previously only sealant cartridges with “lid tip” were regulated now all sealant cartridges must meet regulation requirements.

  • Hinges and Handles—previously only plastic containers with plastic handles and hinges were regulated, now RPPCs with metal handle and hinges are covered as well.

  • Blister Packs –previously all blister packs were exempt but now only blister packs with a cardboard back remain unregulated.



Background: The regulation requires that manufacturers selling materials into California utilizing RPPCs must be able to demonstrate one of the following options for their containers

  • made from 25 percent post-consumer resin;

  • source reduced by 10 percent:

  • be able to be reused or refilled a minimum of 5 times;

  • have a recycling rate of 45 percent within the state if  it is brand specific or a particular type of RPPC.



Upon a CIWMB audit, companies would establish compliance by providing information from their RPPC supplier that their packaging meets one of the requirements for recycled material.



The rule revision became effective January 1, 2013.

 

Next Steps: Companies whose packaging may be affected by this rule for the first time should contact their RPPC supplier immediately to develop a strategy for integrating compliant packaging  into their product line.



Mark Collatz

Director of Regulatory Affairs

301-986-9700 x112

mark.collatz@ascouncil.org

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