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USA: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Textiles

USA: Extended Producer Responsibility for Textiles

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In the USA, there has been movement in the area of extended producer responsibility (EPR) for textiles for some time. Here is a summary of activities in various states, with California being the most mature.

 

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Textiles USA: California

In April 2023, Democratic Senator John Newman introduced the legislative proposal "Responsible Textile Recovery Act (SB 707)" to set a precedent in the US by translating EPR regulations for textiles into law for the first time.

  1. Content: The Responsible Textile Recovery Act (SB 707) aims to require producers of clothing and other textiles to implement and fund a state-run collection and recycling program. This program falls under the regulatory authority of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).
     
  2. Goals and Requirements: DThe program requires producers to take responsibility for the management of their products, i.e., textiles, throughout their entire lifecycle. It supports recycling and material management goals that contribute to a circular economy and can also promote product design changes that minimize environmental impacts. Producers must develop stewardship programs with set performance targets that provide a new basis for data collection and reporting in the field of textile EPR.
     
  3. Current Status: The SB 707 bill was amended this week by Senator Newman to accommodate the industry's requests for adjustments. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee will hear the bill on Monday.

Textiles USA: Activities of other states

New York: AO 6995 (Senator Heastie)

This bill obligates healthcare facilities to maintain a stock of 50% of certain reusable protective textiles for healthcare, unless a deferral is granted due to supply chain issues; non-compliance may result in a fine. Currently, the draft is in the Assembly Committee.

 

New Jersey: SO 6654 (Senator Kavanaugh)

Introduces extended producer responsibility for textiles; requires a manufacturer, either individually or cooperatively in a group or with a representative organization, to submit a plan to the Department of Environmental Conservation by December 31, 2024, for the establishment of a textile product collection program. The bill is currently in the Senate Committee.

 

Interstate (New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York):

US Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Fashioning Accountability and Building Real Institutional Change (FABRIC) Act on May 13, 2022, which provides key incentives to accelerate domestic clothing manufacturing and new labor protection measures to strengthen the US as a leading site for responsible textile production globally. The Democratic senators from the other aforementioned states are co-signers.

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