Cleaning Product Supply Chain Faces Increased State-Level Legislative Activity in Second Half of 2022

The cleaning product supply chain will face increased legislative and regulatory activity at the state level in the second half of 2022, potentially affecting issues with the use and disposal of chemical ingredients, packaging and products cleaners, Melissa Hockstad, president and CEO of the American Cleaning Institute (AIT), said.

During the state of the association address at the ICA mid-year meeting, Hockstad said that California, New York, Washington and Vermont are states among the “hot spots” of ICA’s government affairs team so far this year.

“We’re seeing more action on packaging and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies than ever before,” Hockstad said. “Our state government affairs team has been at the forefront with state lawmakers to ensure they understand the impact of their proposals on cleaning product manufacturers.”

Last year, Washington State enacted a law regarding recycled content in cleaning product packaging. Brennan Georgianni, director of government affairs at ICA, has been selected to serve on an advisory committee to help the Department of Ecology establish rules around fees, registration and waivers, among others.

Intensive focus on trade barriers, issues affecting cleaning and chemical supply chains

At the federal level, the AIT will focus more on trade barriers and issues affecting the cleaning and chemical supply chains. Kathleen Stanton, ACI’s associate vice president, technical and international affairs, has been named to a key government panel that advises the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative.

The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health/Science Products and Services provides detailed policy and technical advice, information and recommendations regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements and the implementation of existing trade agreements affecting the chemical sector.

CREA is urging Congress to provide the necessary funding to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention to help “ensure that new, innovative and safe cleaning products can reach consumers quickly.

“The cleaning products industry is constantly innovating, developing new chemical components and formulated products that promote safer use, greater efficiency and durability,” Hockstad said. “To do this, the EPA must have the ability to perform required regulatory reviews on product ingredients and labels and issue those approvals in a timely manner.”

ICA supports efforts within the EPA to strengthen its SaferChoice Programwhich engages the products and chemistries of many ACI members.

Hockstad previewed other CREA activities for the second half of 2022, including: CREA’s advocacy on Capitol Hill for a federal ingredient reporting standard; the publication of ACI’s sixth sustainability report, which will showcase the industry’s efforts to reduce the effects of climate change and increase circularity; ongoing publication of research demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of topical antiseptic ingredients to respond to Food and Drug Administration data requests; the deployment of the next version of ACI’s iSTREEM web-based model that estimates the concentration of a chemical that flows into sewers and the residual levels that subsequently enter the aquatic environment; and the third edition of the Discover Cleaning Summit, a joint initiative between ACI and Good Housekeeping, focusing on “The Clean, Healthy & Happy Home”.

Sara H. Byrd