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State Recycling Laws Update

18 July 2019:

Maine Governor Signs Law to Improve Performance of Product Stewardship Programs
Among the provisions are permanent collection locations, program staffing minimums, consumer awareness survey requirements, and meeting mandatory performance goals.

Beverage Container Deposit Scheme Proposed in Pennsylvania Senate
A five-cent deposit would be placed on returnable beverage containers.

Ban on Range of Disposable Plastic Food Service Items Approved by Palo Alto City Council
The ban takes effect on January 1, 2020.

Changes Made to Portland's Recently Approved Single-Use Plastic Service Ware Ordinance
The changes include delaying the effective date of the ordinance to October 1, 2019.

Honolulu City Council Bill Seeks to Broaden List of Disposable Plastic Food Service Items
Additionally, the current ban exemption on plastic film bags used to transport prepared foods would be removed.

San Francisco City Council Considering Major Changes to Plastic Bag Ordinance
Checkout bag charges would increase and restrictions would be placed on "pre-checkout bags."


Recycling Laws International

15 July 2019:

Draft Law Promoting Waste Reduction and a Circular Economy Heads to French National Assembly for Review
The bill has 13 provisions that address e-waste, packaging waste and extended producer responsibility.

Swedish Government to Begin Developing Proposals to Reduce Single-Use Plastics Consumption
The proposals are required by Directive (EU) 2019/904 addressing plastic waste and the environment.

Government of Aruba Publishes Document for Achieving a Circular Economy
The document includes 27 "interventions" to move the country toward its 2050 goal.

Proposed Ban on Disposable Plastic Food Service Ware Introduced in Argentinian Camara
The bill also would establish an Institute of Industrial Biodegradable Materials Production.

Resolution in Argentina Would Establish a Recycling Program in the Senate
The resolution calls on the Senate to lead by example in waste separation efforts.

Latest Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara dos Deputados to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags
Only biodegradable and bio-compostable bags would be permitted.


The Bulletin

24 July 2019:

Regulatory Developments:
British Columbia Ministry of Environment Approves New Packaging and Paper Stewardship Plan
Irish EPA Says It Has Concern about the National Packaging Recycling Rate Stagnating

Statistics:
Virginia Municipal Solid Waste Level Increased in 2018
2018 Milwaukee Residential Recycling Up Slightly from a Year Earlier
Ellen MacArthur Foundation Publishes Guidelines for Making More Environmentally-Friendly Jeans
UK Non-profit Organization Publishes Design Guidance for More Recyclable Rigid Plastic Packaging
Brazilian Government Allocates R$2.1 Million to Address Marine Litter
New York City Sanitation Department Publishes Progress Report on Meeting its 2016 Strategic Plan Goals

Business Initiatives:
French Tire Industry and Ministry of Ecology Sign Voluntary Circular Economy Agreement
Plastic Recyclers Europe Releases Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for HDPE Packaging


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