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Recycling Services, Operations and Bottle Bill Programs:
  • Packaging Industry Collaboration & Bottle Bill Program Support: GPI has continued to coordinate with the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), National Association of PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and most recently, the Aluminum Association, on joint letters and outreach to states with bottle bill programs. Our outreach to date includes key staff and decision makers in California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Michigan. For all of our industries, bottle bill programs provide a much needed, high quality recyclable stream for our respective manufacturing processes. 

    Each communication is tailored to the current situation on the ground, and follow-up with in-state advocacy firms and member companies with in-state operations. Our message across the board is clear - bottle bill material is an essential supply chain element for our manufacturing industries. 

    • Click here to view our correspondence to date, along with a new infographic, highlighting the importance and need for these bottle bill programs to continue operations. This link will also take GPI members to industry statements and additional COVID-19 resources for download.
  • SERDC Webinar: Recycling Industry and the Supply Chain During a Pandemic (GPI Presented): I participated in a webinar last Thursday, April 16th on how COVID-19 has impacted the recycling industry and the critical part it plays in the food and beverage supply chain. On the webinar manufacturers spoke about their individual efforts during the current health crisis and discussed how the recycling industry can use this opportunity to connect the dots for consumers between placing clean recyclables into their recycling bins and the impact on the supply chain for basic goods and emergency supplies. Read more about the webinar, covered in Resource Recycling, here

  • Webinar: The Recycling Markets Outlook Forum Webinar (GPI Presenting): Hosted by the National Recycling Coalition, EPA and Renew, this free, interactive webinar will feature a discussion with national experts on recent developments and how they impact recycling markets. Gain insight into the recycling value chain, including specific commodity types, and hear from national-level organizations. Learn how the recycling industry is working through barriers in these uncertain times, including a first look at the new Recycling Market Development Platform. I am pleased to be a webinar  panelist, and encourage all members to sign up to participate via the GPI website by clicking here.

  • GPI Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Working Group: GPI has convened EHS working group calls with member glass company representatives, to collectively address COVID challenges. GPI will assist working group members and the broader membership with information on resources, federal and applicable state guidance and updates as needed. For those GPI member companies needing additional PPE, masks and related resources, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the COVID-19 section, to find a list of PPE distribution companies and contact information that may be able to assist. GPI also plans to host Government Affairs and Marketing/Communications Committee calls in the coming weeks.

  • Letters to Bottle Bill States: Letters have been sent from GPI, the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the National Association of PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), as well as the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) to leadership in Michigan, Iowa, California, Massachusetts and Maine to highlight the important role bottle bill programs play in their state, asking for clarity on specific program changes, and to encourage industry stakeholder opportunities prior to future any program changes. These states presented the most immediate operational and advocacy challenges to supply.  We intend to address similar bottle bill recycling program challenges in the remaining states this coming week, and are enrolling additional help from like-minded recycling organizations to address the challenges.

  • Waste Dive Recylcing SeriesWasteDive is continuing to follow solid waste, collection and recycling policies, as they are modified in response to COVID-19.  Click here for their latest, daily update of known changes, which include guidance on OSHA and other worker safety guidelines.

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM):
  • NAM staff are continuing their terrific work in support of GPI and their other member companies. They've reformatted their state tracker to identify more local guidance and restrictions, and are continuously updating their COVID-19 workforce and employer guidance microsite with the latest information and guidance from the CDC, OSHA and the EPA. 

  • We encourage your company to take a brief survey from NAM, to see if your company has urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE) in stock.
  • COVID-19 and Manufacturing Operations: Immediate Best Practices from SHRM & NAM.
State Restrictions and Essential Business Designations:
  • CDC Issues Interim Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers: For GPI members operating under state or similar critical infrastructure designations, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance for workers who have faced a potential exposure to COVID-19 through a household contact or have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case. CDC’s guidance lays out several important practices that must be managed prior, during and after the work shift, as well as other considerations for an employee’s participation in the workplace. 

  • Department of Labor (D0L) Guidance: The DoL offers guidance for requesting employers reassess their work practices, engineering and administrative controls to identify any changes they can make to decrease the need for N95 respirators. Acceptable N95 alternatives are provided in the guidance.

Latest Congressional Action:
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Update 

    Loan Forgiveness Program to Resume Monday, April 27th 

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) has updated their website regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which has been provided additional funding and is now permitted to resume the PPP application and loan process.

    Applications will be accepted from participating lenders beginning tomorrow, Monday, April 27th at 10:30 am EDT. Click here to find a participating financial institution (lender) near you. Click here to read and download the application form that your lender would be required to submit on your behalf. The SBA's FAQ section reviews loan amounts and parameters, permissible use of funds received for "forgivable purposes" and other eligibility requirements.

  • Economic Assistance Disaster Loan

     The SBA is also overseeing loans of up $2 million for businesses with 500 or fewer employees. Loan terms would be determined on a case-by-case basis, with a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and a 2.75% interest rate for nonprofits. Click here to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements.

    In addition, the Internal Revenue Service is offering no penalty options to defer (but not eliminate) employer submission of payroll taxes. There is also an opportunity for companies with under 500 employees to file for a refundable tax credit, to defray costs as they provide required paid family leave.

  • IRS - Net Operating Loss (NOL) Rules Issued

    The IRS has issued guidance from the CARES Act’s net operating loss (NOL) carryback provision. The new rule and guidance will permit your company to use tax losses from 2018, 2019 and 2020 to offset income from the prior five years. The IRS also issued formal guidance and rules regarding delayed tax filings and deadlines for individuals and businesses, which can be found here.

Please Note - Guidance within all GPI updates should not be substituted for legal or financial advice. All member companies should confer with their tax and legal counsel prior to entering any loan application or similar process, as entering these agreements often precludes eligibility in other programs. Just as important, each financial relief option comes with potential payback, interest, and other financial responsibilities for the recipient.

GPI Communication Outlets -

GPI Membership Webinar/Call: GPI is looking at dates towards the end of May for our next Members-Only WebinarIn addition to a review of association activity and other updates, we will also highlight 1st quarter 2020 Shipment and Production numbers, which we anticipate issuing prior. The webinar date, time and other details will be sent out once confirmed.

Stay up-to-date on GPI news and COVID-19 developments, follow GPI on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and visit our News & Events page. GPI encourages all member companies to follow COVID-19 business guidance provided by the U.S. regulatory authority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please reach out to Scott DeFife at the office 703-684-6359, sdefife@gpi.org. Know that you can also contact Bryan Vickers with GPI's member services department, bvickers@pacellp.com, 703-403-2882, with any questions or inquiries.

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