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In Maine, restaurants will soon have significant new responsibilities in handling waste and other packaging.

Working Lunch: European-style recycling program makes its first arrival in the United States

Plus, the latest Gallup poll on consumer optimism

Maine is about to enact the most far-reaching product stewardship law in the country, dramatically redefining how traditional recycling plans have been structured. Following models in Europe and Canada, everyone along the supply chain — including restaurants and retailers — will have significant new responsibilities in handling waste and other packaging, as well as bearing the cost of recycling. This week on the Working Lunch podcast, the team from Align Public Strategies talks to Curtis Picard, CEO and president of the Retail Association of Maine, and Scot Case, the vice president of corporate social responsibility and sustainability at the National Retail Federation, to better understand what is happening in this space and what operators can expect going forward.

Gallup is out with their newest edition of annual polling on how optimistic or pessimistic Americans are regarding quality of life and the future. The team discusses what impacts those attitudes may have not only on politics and voting, but also on spending decisions in the marketplace.

The episode wraps up with the weekly legislative scorecard.

Align Public Strategies is a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation's Restaurant News or Restaurant Hospitality.

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