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*** CHANGE IN 2020 *** (SEE 2246-S.SL) ***
The legislature finds and declares that:
(1) The management of solid waste can pose a wide range of hazards to public health and safety and to the environment;
(2) Packaging comprises a significant percentage of the overall solid waste stream;
(3) The presence of heavy metals in packaging is a part of the total concern in light of their likely presence in emissions or ash when packaging is incinerated, or in leachate when packaging is landfilled;
(4) Lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium, on the basis of available scientific and medical evidence, are of particular concern;
(5) The intent of this chapter is to achieve a reduction in toxicity without impeding or discouraging the expanded use of postconsumer materials in the production of packaging and its components.
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