Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) to Reduce Heavy Metals in Packaging
The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) was formed in 1992 to promote the Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation which was originally drafted by the Coalition of Northeastern Governors’ Source Reduction Council (SRC) in 1989.
The model legislation aims to eliminate the use of four heavy metals -- mercury, lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium -- in packaging and packaging components that are sold or distributed in the United States.
Eliminating heavy metals in the waste stream
TPCH restricts the entire supply chain of packaging, including manufacturers and suppliers of packaging and packaging components and product manufacturers or distributors who use packaging.
Since discarded packaging makes up almost one-third of the solid waste stream, this legislation aims to reduce the amount of heavy metals entering the municipal waste stream and, ultimately, landfills, incinerators and groundwater. In turn, this will gradually lower its toxic effects on the environment and on human health.
How to comply with TPCH
The manufacturer or supplier to the purchaser must submit a certificate of compliance stating that a package or packaging component is in compliance with the requirements of the law. (This provision does not apply to the individual making retail purchases or to retail storeowners.) The purchaser, manufacturer and supplier should keep a copy of the signed certificate of compliance on file as long as the package is in use. The certificate of compliance can be subject to state and public review upon request.
For more details, please visit the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse website.
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