Today’s blog has been written by Ryan Melowic Senior Director of Procurement Process Improvement at SafeSourcing.
SafeSourcing supports the proper recycling, recovery and handling of waste associated with packaging. Therefore, it is appropriate that we inform our readers about CONEG (Coalition of Northeastern Governors) LEGISLATION. CONEG laws have been around in some states for 20 years.
The law was originally developed by the Coalition of Northeastern Governors. The legislation calls for a ban on the use of packaging that use any of the below specified heavy metals during manufacture or distribution.
According to the pvctech-CONEG-web-summary-02.04.15.pdf, “On February 2015 ,The goal of this legislation is to reduce the sum concentration levels of four incidentally introduced heavy metals, namely lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent Chromium present in any package or packaging component to not exceed 100 parts per million by weight.”
A variation of enforcement instruments are available, including injunctive relief and civil penalties, but no doubt the potential disruption to product distribution is likely the harshest penalty of all.
SafeSourcing does the due diligence to ensure its supplier database is packed full of quality suppliers. The CONEG Legislation is an example of one of the many requirements that SafeSourcing tracks. For more information on how SafeSourcing can help you with insuring certified suppliers, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative.
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