Consumer Products Law Blog

Lithium Battery Safety Advisory

The DOT today issued a lithium battery safety advisory to increase aviation industry awareness In its continuing effort to promote the safe transportation of lithium batteries, the Department of Transportation today issued a safety advisory in the Federal Register targeting shippers and carriers responsible for...

Are Your Paper Products Complying with the Lacey Act?

This Lacey Act (the “Act”) prohibits trafficking in illegal wildlife, fish, and plants. 16 U.S.C. §§ 3371-78. The Act was recently amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill of 2008; the “Farm Bill”), Pub. L....

Toxics in Packaging Laws

TOXIC HEAVY METALS IN PACKAGING The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) was formed in 1992 to promote packaging legislation originally drafted in 1989 by the Council of North Eastern Governors (CONEG). The packaging legislation seeks to reduce the amount of heavy metals in packaging and...

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E-waste: Hawaii’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2008

Hawaii adopted its Electronic Waste Recycling Act in 2008. Act requirements apply to manufacturers, retailers, and consumers, including households, government entities, businesses and nonprofit corporations. Under the law, manufacturers of covered electronic devices (CEDs) must register with the Department of Health (DOH) and pay an...

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Manufacturers must recycle mercury-containing light bulbs in Maine

In late June, Maine became the first state to require manufacturers to establish recycling programs for compact fluorescent light bulbs containing mercury. The new law, titled “An Act To Provide for the Safe Collection and Recycling of Mercury-containing Lighting,” will go into effect on September...