State Recycling Laws Update

14 June 2021:

Louisiana State Legislature Poised to Approve Bill to Establish "Advanced Recycling" of Post-Use Polymers
Several other states have approved similar legislation this year.

"Advanced Processing" of Plastic Waste Proposed in New Jersey Legislature
Other state legislatures approved or are considering similar bills.

Louisiana DEQ Requested by State Legislature to Address Release and Discharge of Preproduction Plastic
Plastic production facilitates would maintain spill prevention plans and take other actions.

Pittsburgh City Council Approves Resolution for Placing Limitations on Single-Use Plastic Bags
A state law preventing local single-use plastic bag ordinances by local governments will expire in July.

Toronto City Council Prepares to Move Forward with Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy
The launch of the first stage of the strategy – voluntary measures - had been delayed by the covid-19 pandemic.

Details of Proposed US National Recycling Infrastructure Program Published
Funding of $500 million over five years would be allocated by the U.S. Congress.

Connecticut Senate Approves Bill Calling for DEEP Recommendations on Recycled Content in Products
The House of Representatives is considering the measure.

National Food Waste Strategy Proposed for Canada
The strategy would set food waste reduction targets and provide tools for food producers, retailers and consumers to reduce food waste.

Food Waste Diversion Bill Introduced in North Carolina General Assembly
Larger food scraps generators would be required to donate edible surplus food and separate scraps for composting.

Proposal Introduced in Pennsylvania State Legislature Would Require Philadelphia Officials to Better Address Illegal Waste Tire Dumping
The bill would increase violation fines and establish recordkeeping requirements for some businesses.

Recycling Laws International

24 May 2021:

Swedish EPA Publishes Roadmap for Sustainable Plastic Use
The roadmap covers five categories of activity that range from using raw materials and processes that have minimal environmental impact to increasing plastic recycling through a number of flows.

United Kingdom Launches Public Consultation on Household and Business Recycling Policies and Regulations
The government is presenting 26 proposals for which it seeks feedback.

Bill to Establish an Integrated Solid Waste Management Law Introduced in Ecuadorian National Assembly
Zero waste, extended producer responsibility, sustainable consumption, and the polluter pays are among 13 principles underpinning the legislation.

French Ministry of Ecological Transition Launches Campaign Promoting New Product Repairability Index
The index and its educational campaign seek to reduce e-waste from planned obsolescence.

Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara Seeks to Reduce Premature Waste Due to Planned Obsolescence in Products
The sponsor of the bill says electronic products are a particular problem.

Complete Ban on Waste Importation Proposed by Philippine Senator
Environmental Protection Desks would be established at all Philippine ports of entry.

The Bulletin

2 June 2021:

Regulatory Developments:

  • UK Increases and Expands Charge for Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bags

Statistics and Trends:

  • Global Aluminum Scrap Collection Reached 20 Million Tons in 2019
  • Household Waste Recycling Up in 2020 Says Waste Sweden
  • Growth in Packaging Recycling Outpaced Paper Recycling in Madrid in 2020
  • Quebec Publishes First Progress Report on Its Transition to a Circular Economy
  • $20.7 Million in Litter Cleanup and Prevention Grants Awarded by New Jersey DEP
  • CalRecycle Awards $3.5 Million in Food Waste Prevention Grants

Business Initiatives:

  • Major UK Packaging Manufacturers Launch Flexible Plastic Fund
  • Private-Public Partnership in Chile Launches Project to Recycle Polypropylene Film
  • US Plastic Recyclers Concerned about Concept of "Advanced Recycling" of Plastic Waste

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