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State Recycling Laws Update

17 November 2017:

Product Stewardship for Pharmaceuticals Proposed in U.S. House of Representatives Bill
The U.S. Attorney General would establish and implement the stewardship program.

Bill Introduced in New Jersey Senate Would Require Recycling of Photovoltaic Equipment
However, the current legislative session is scheduled to adjourn in less than two months.

Ban on Non-Compostable Single-Use Coffee Pods Proposed in Canadian Province
A violation could produce a fine of up to $5,000.

Ohio Lawmaker Wants to Increase a Waste Disposal Fee to Fund Soil and Water Conservation
A bill he introduced would double a fee amount.

Philadelphia Re-Launches Recycling Financial Incentives Program under New Name
New Philacycle program supports the city's zero waste and litter prevention goals.

Los Angeles City Council Considers Motion to Use Homeless People to Clean Up City Litter
The motion would establish a pilot program to create a homeless litter abatement force.


Recycling Laws International

10 November 2017:

Australian Capital Territory Opens Public Consultation on New Container Deposit Scheme
A 10-cent deposit would be placed on a range of beverage containers beginning in early 2018.

Possible Container Deposit Scheme Is Focus of UK Call for Evidence on How to Recycle More Beverage Containers
The consultation seeks stakeholder input on the costs, impacts and benefits of such a scheme.

President of Panama Vetoes Recently Approved National Plastic Bag Law
The law was approved by the National Assembly in August.

Bill in Colombian Camara Would Establish EPR for Some Types of Packaging and Lubricating Oil
The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development would be responsible for developing the required regulations.

New South Wales EPA Proposes Regulations for Improved C&D Waste Management
At the core of the regulations are new standards for C&D waste facilities.

Western Australia Proposes Changes to its Waste Strategy
The changes would help transition the state to a circular economy.

Welsh Government Consults on Proposed Ban on Plastic Microbeads
The proposed ban would take effect on June 30, 2018.

Resolution Introduced in French National Assembly to Require Special Pictograms on Products Containing Endocrine Disruptors
The pictograms would include the text "Not recommended for pregnant women."


The Bulletin

15 November 2017:

Regulatory Developments:
California Adds PFOA and PFOS to Its Proposition 65 Chemicals List
Chile Enacts Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags in Coastal Communities

Statistics and Trends:
Swedish Packaging Recycling Fell 4% Overall in 2016, but Some Material Rates Increased
Seventy-Nine Tons of Mobile Phone Components Recycled in Australia Last Fiscal Year
Virginia MSW Recycling Rate Increased to 42.6% in 2016
Michigan DEQ Allocates $500,000 for Local Curbside Recycling Cart Purchases
NSW Container Deposit Scheme Will Include Redemptions to PayPal Accounts

Business Initiatives:
Green Alliance Says UK Plastics Recycling Is in Trouble without Plastic Waste Exports to China
4PET Recycling Will Boost PET Tray Recycling in the Netherlands
Braskem Announces Bioplastics Recycling Initiative for Space Missions


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