Other Restrictive Packaging Measures

Restrictive packaging measures take on a variety of forms and periodically arise in legislative arenas primarily on the state level. The phrase "restrictive packaging measures" refers to any measure that would restrict the use of any package based on any specified set of criteria. CMI opposes any efforts which are intended to restrict consumer choice of packaging material based upon criteria other than public health.

Often pieces of legislation are drafted with the idea that creating a program that would enhance the recycling rates of particular components of the solid waste stream. In the area of packaging, these programs often lead to measures that would restrict both the consumer's choice of packaging type and a filler's use of packaging material. For example, some bills require retailers to dedicate increasing amounts of shelf space for products packaged in refillable containers. Obviously, legislative initiatives such as this have very little positive impact on the environment and may adversely impact a particular industry.

CMI monitors all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for introductions of bills that would restrict the consumer's choice of packaging. Whether it is a deposit bill, advance disposal fee program or the creation of a refillable packaging mandate, CMI responds on behalf of the can manufacturing industry and its suppliers to ensure that consumers choices are preserved.