IBWA Advocacy Report - Recycling Legislation, Trade Conference Committee, PA Grassroots Letters, and More!
April 22, 2022 by Cory Martin

IBWA Announces Support of Recycling Legislation in Press Release

Recently, IBWA issued a press release explaining its support of the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act (RIAA) and the Recycling and Composting Accountability Act (RCAA), as these key pieces of legislation are critical to improving recycling efforts nationwide. 

“The Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act will create a pilot program to help fund recycling programs in underserved areas,” says IBWA President and CEO Joe Doss. “We believe this bill will help boost recycling rates around the country and divert items from landfills.” Click HERE to read more.

IBWA Continues Working to Seek Relief from 25 Percent Tariffs, Renew GSP Program

IBWA is continuing to work with lawmakers to seek relief from the 25 percent tariffs on bottled water coolers imported from China, as well as renewing the Generalized System of Preferences program. A Congressional conference committee has been tasked with hammering out differences between the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate trade bills that address the tariffs. IBWA is seeking to have language from the Senate measure included in the final legislation. Specific to tariffs on water coolers, the Senate bill mandates that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) provide exclusions through December 31, 2022, for products that had previously received an exclusion from these tariffs. The retroactive date would be January 1, 2021, which would provide for reimbursements of tariffs paid since that time. The House bill does not include this language. Click HERE to read more.

Urge PA Senators to Support Legislation Improving Bottled Water Oversight

Please take a moment to invite your Pennsylvania Senator to support two bills that will greatly improve oversight of the bottled water industry.

Click HERE to send your letter! You will not be able to send a letter unless you have a Pennsylvania address. 

These bills will:

  • Maintain the current high quality and safety of bottled water
  • Not change DEP’s role with respect to bottled water source water withdrawal and source water quality
  • Align Pennsylvania food safety oversight with the majority of other states
  • Provide consistency in food manufacturing regulations, inspections, and oversight
  • Treat bottled water as a food product rather than a public water system

Advocacy In Action - Niagara Bottling Hosts Two Members of Congress at Ohio, Pennsylvania Plants

Niagara Bottling, LLC, recently opened its doors and invited two members of Congress to tour their plants. Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, visited Niagara’s Gahanna, Ohio plant, and Representative Susan Wild (D-PA-7) visited Niagara’s plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Click HERE to read more.

AMERIPEN Executive Director Dan Felton to Present on EPR, Packaging Policy at June IBWA Meetings

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and packaging policies are hot topics in states and within Congress. The bottled water industry has been and will continue to be affected by these policies, although each proposal differs in its impact. Join Dan Felton, Executive Director of AMERIPEN and former IBWA vice president of government relations, during his presentation on June 8 entitled “EPR, Packaging Expectations, and Your Company: How the bottled water industry is now and will be impacted by packaging policy.” Click HERE to read more.

LA City Counsel Takes Action on Bottle Water Ban Proposal

The LA City Council Energy and Environment Committee heard a report from the LA Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) on April 7 regarding an update and recommendations on the reduction of single-use plastics in the city. The Committee had requested LASAN to provide details on how the city would move forward with several elements of a report from LASAN that seeks to limit use of single-use plastics, reusable alternatives, zero-waste events and facilities, and a timeline for implementation. Click HERE to read more.

Stay Informed - Be a Part of the PAC!

The IBWA Political Action Committee (IBWA PAC) is a critical tool for the industry to help support Members of Congress who support good public policy. Recently, the PAC has held several "Congressional Connection" events with Members to Congress, allowing PAC supporters to have direct access to these policymakers. If you do not receive information ahead of time for these events, it is most likely because IBWA does not have your company's Authorization to Solicit. This is a Federal Election Commission required form that IBWA must have on file in order to communicate with your regarding upcoming PAC events. Submitting your form is easy and only take a few moments - click HERE to submit your form online. If you are unsure if your company has submitted this form or have any other questions about the IBWA PAC, please contact Cory Martin, IBWA Vice President of Goverment Relations, at (703) 647-4618 or cmartin@bottledwater.org. 

IBWA State and Federal Legislative Tracking

Click HERE to download the latest IBWA state and federal tracking report. This includes all bills that IBWA is currently tracking at the state and federal level, information on last action, and more. 

For more information on IBWA advocacy issues, please contact Cory Martin, IBWA Vice President of Government Relations, at (703) 647-4618 or cmartin@bottledwater.org, or JP Toner, IBWA Director of Government Relations, at (703) 647-4616 or jtoner@bottledwater.org.


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