Nineteen US states have toxics in packaging laws that prohibit the intentional introduction of four heavy metals — mercury, lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium — into packaging and packaging components sold or distributed in the state. While the laws have been in force in most of the 19 states for 10 years or more, there is increasing evidence of non-compliance. Before the start of this project, in August 2005, there had been no comprehensive test program to determine whether companies were in compliance with the toxic in packaging laws.
This project assessed compliance with the toxics in packaging laws launched a source reduction and environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) educational campaign based on the legal requirements of the laws. The project had three specific objectives:
The project started in August 2005 and was completed in June 2007. Go to the Toxics in Packaging Clearing House website to view the full report, An Assessment of Heavy Metals in Packaging: Screening Results Using A Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer.