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Area Group Recognized for Environment Work

Rutland (Vermont) Herald, April 26, 2010

BRATTLEBORO — A local nonprofit organization received national recognition for its environmental work during an Earth Day celebration on Thursday.

The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse received an Environmental Merit Award from the Environmental Protection Agency during a ceremony at Faneuil Hall in Boston.

"Today, on this milestone anniversary of Earth Day, I'd like to acknowledge and honor people, communities and businesses that have made significant strides in protecting New England's health," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA New England.

The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse is a national leader in reducing the toxicity of packaging. The clearinghouse is administered by the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. and helps its 10 member states — including Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island — put into effect toxics-in-packaging laws, and during the past few years the clearinghouse has used X-ray fluorescent technology to screen more than 750 packaging samples to detect the presence of heavy metals regulated by state laws. Lead and cadmium in particular are commonly used in packaging materials.

In 2007, the organization sent the results of its screening projects to companies distributing packaging that allegedly violated state laws. As a result, many companies changed their actions and reduced the amount of toxic packaging entering the solid waste stream.