Beveridge & Diamond's Circular Economy and Plastics Webinar Series, designed to help attendees navigate the latest U.S., regional, and global initiatives affecting the plastics landscape, ran from July 2020 to March 2021. Webinar recordings and related reference materials are available via the links below.
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Impact of Emerging Plastics Regulations on Fashion and Textile Industries
Recorded March 18, 2021 | View On-Demand
In this webinar, Stacey Halliday (Independent Consultant for Beveridge & Diamond), Allyn Stern (Of Counsel, Seattle), and Dacie Meng (Associate, Washington, DC) discussed the intersection of plastics and the fashion industry supply chain, the impact of international developments directly addressing textile and fashion waste, and related regulations impacting textile and fashion industries.
- News Alert: Textile Industry Faces Increasing Global Pressures Regarding Climate Disclosures, Green Marketing, and Human Rights in 2021 (January 14, 2021)
- Podcast: Making Fashion Sustainable (October 12, 2020)
Plastics Litigation: The Plaintiffs’ Playbook
Recorded January 28, 2021 | View On-Demand
B&D's Graham Zorn (Principal, Washington, DC) and Mike Vitris (Associate, Austin) analyzed plaintiffs’ deployment of state common law torts and environmental citizen suits in the plastics arena, and how the industry can prepare for and defend these lawsuits. The speakers discussed how NGOs are deploying litigation and lobbying against EPA and state regulators to increase environmental enforcement and adopt more stringent environmental requirements.
New International Waste Controls and Trade Bans on Plastics Shipped for Recycling
Recorded November 17, 2020 | View On-Demand
In this webinar, B&D's Paul Hagen (Principal, Washington, DC) and Russ LaMotte (Principal, Washington, DC) summarized recent and pending developments in the Basel Convention and waste-related global instruments impacting plastics, and discussed how those developments relate to the goal of building a new circular economy.
News Alert: Proposals to Expand Basel Convention Controls on Circular Economy Trade (January 13, 2020)
News Alert: Controls and Trade Bans on Plastic Waste Shipments Effective January 1, 2021 (December 8, 2020)
Agency Enforcement and Citizen Suits
Recorded September 30, 2020 | View On-Demand
Although plastic products and wastes have been at the forefront of global concern, the spotlight is quickly shifting to the source and manufacturing of plastics. Several environmental statutes give enforcement tools to agencies and citizens and are being used in innovative ways to enforce against plastic manufacturers. In this webinar, B&D's Karen Hansen (Principal, Austin) and Bina Reddy (Principal, Austin) discussed recent developments in agency enforcement and citizen suits relating to the plastics sector.
Article: Citizen Suits Lead the Way for Agencies on Plastics Enforcement (October 16, 2020)
Trends in U.S. and State Regulation of Plastic Production, Products, and Packaging
Recorded July 21, 2020 | View On-Demand
At the federal, state, and local level, there is increased action to address concerns around plastics in the environment. Governments are considering (and adopting) legislation and regulations that would, among other things, require extended producer responsibility and impose bans and restrictions on plastic products sales. Rulemaking and enforcement efforts are also seeking to establish controls for plastic production facilities. In this webinar, B&D's Russ LaMotte (Principal, Washington, DC), Dacie Meng (Associate, Washington, DC) and Sarah Munger (Associate, Austin) walked through examples of recent proposals and laws, including the federal Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 and circular economy legislation in California. In addition, the webinar covered trends we have observed relating to these efforts, particularly related activities in the private sector and new developments in response to COVID-19.
News Alert: California Adopts Definition of Microplastics in Drinking Water (July 20, 2020)
Podcast: Key Takeaways from B&D's February 2020 Circular Economy and Plastics Symposium (March 7, 2020)