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General Assembly

 

Substitute Bill No. 233

    February Session, 2016

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING A REDUCTION OF CONSUMER-BASED PACKAGING MATERIALS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 22a-255d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, not [earlier] later than October 1, [1991] 2017, establishing standards and requirements, consistent with the provisions of the [state-wide solid waste management plan] Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy adopted pursuant to section [22a-228] 22a-241a, for (1) reducing the volume [or] and weight of [disposable] consumer packaging [material manufactured for domestic, commercial, industrial, government, or other use] in the state's solid waste stream; (2) [enhancing] increasing the recyclability of [disposable] consumer packaging; [material;] and (3) increasing the proportion of recycled [resources] materials used in the manufacture of consumer packaging. [material.] Regulations adopted under this section may (A) require labels indicating (i) whether such consumer packaging [material] is recyclable and the quantity of recycled material in [the] such packaging, if any, and (ii) whether any toxic substance is present in [the] such packaging; (B) set minimum standards for recycled content in classes of consumer packaging; (C) establish guidelines or standards for refillable and reusable [packages] consumer packaging for certain types of goods; (D) establish guidelines or standards for packaging certain products in recyclable [packages;] consumer packaging; and (E) prohibit or reduce the use of substances in consumer packaging [material] to minimize adverse impacts on the environment, such as the release of toxic substances from [land disposal or] incineration. [; (F)] Such regulations shall establish standards, including, but not limited to, performance targets and parameters for verification of reductions in [for] the volume [or] and weight of [classes of] consumer packaging in the state's solid waste stream on and after January 1, 2024, of not less than fifty per cent of such consumer packaging. [; and (G) establish standards to minimize the content of toxic substances in printed materials or products composed of plastics which are generally disposed of in a resources recovery facility. Such regulations shall not be inconsistent with preferred packaging guidelines issued by the Coalition of Northeastern Governors Source Reduction Task Force or regulations of the United States Food and Drug Administration or any other federal regulatory agency.] For purposes of this section, "consumer packaging" means any material, regardless of content or composition, that is used for the commercial, wholesale or retail: (i) Shipping of any consumer goods, (ii) immediate covering of any consumer goods, or (iii) bundling of one or more consumer goods while displaying graphics, designs, labels or information to attract or inform the consumer; and "consumer goods" means goods that are used or bought for use primarily for personal, family or household purposes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

22a-255d

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Joint Favorable Subst.