MRO Magazine

CT Packaging Bill Could Mean New Tax on Consumers, Says CTA


May 5, 2016
By Business Wire News

ARLINGTON, Va.

The following statement is attributed to Allison Schumacher, director of environmental policy and sustainability at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, regarding the passage of the packaging task force bill (S.B. 233) by Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.:

“We share Senator Kennedy’s goal to encourage Connecticut consumers to responsibly recycle their packaging and reduce packaging waste in the state. But we remain concerned about the composition of the task force and believe greater industry participation would bring significant perspective and benefit.

“As the packaging task force begins its work, it is critical to recognize the economics of the current recycling climate rather than immediately adopt policies that create a new tax on consumers. In this difficult global commodities market, local municipalities and others nationwide are struggling with recycling costs. A statewide packaging program filled with new rules and fees would create a massive new administrative burden for the state and increase costs to manufacturers, and ultimately consumers, without the guarantee of increasing recycling rates or environmental benefits.

“Our industry has a positive story to tell – many companies have already optimized their packaging materials by creating more sustainable designs, incorporating more reusable materials and reducing the overall size and weight of packages. And our market-based, non-regulatory approaches to combat solid waste and spur responsible recycling have been reasonable and measured. We encourage the task force to work with us on solutions that achieve recycling objectives without creating a new packaging tax for consumers.”

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Consumer Technology Association also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • CES Asia 2016 – Register
    May 11-13, Shanghai, China
  • CEO Summit
    June 21-24, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Innovate!
    September 20-22, San Jose, CA
  • CES Unveiled Prague
    October 20, Prague, Czech Republic
  • CES Unveiled Paris
    October 25, Paris, France
  • CT Hall of Fame Dinner
    November 9, New York, NY
  • CES Unveiled New York
    November 10, New York, NY
  • CES Unveiled Las Vegas
    January 3, Las Vegas, NV
  • CES 2017
    January 5-8, Las Vegas, NV

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
Elliot Grimm, 703-907-5240
egrimm@CTA.tech
www.CTA.tech