State Recycling Laws Update

4 December 2018:

Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Releases National Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste
The strategy focuses on waste prevention, collecting plastics after use, and recovering value from plastics.

Repeal of Michigan Container Deposit Law Proposed by Five Republican Representatives
However, the current legislative session has few working days remaining.

Florida State Senator Pre-Files 2019 Bill to Allow Local Governments to Ban Disposable Plastic Packaging
The bill essentially would repeal a 2008 state law.

Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Bills to Ban Five Single-Use Plastic Items
The ban would not take effect for five years.

Visual Inspection Audits of Waste Streams from Large Volume Generators is the Subject of a San Francisco BOS Bill
The city government audits would seek to reduce contamination levels in waste streams to reduce the loss of recyclable and compostable wastes.

San Jose City Council Considers Effect of China's National Sword Policy on Contractor Recycling Financial Incentives
A draft resolution would acknowledge China's policy is adversely affecting waste diversion efforts.

New York City Council Bill Would Exempt Some Organizations from Municipal Waste Collection Charges
Properties housing non-profit organizations and some public institutions would benefit financially from the measure.

Recycling Laws International

10 December 2018:

German Government Announces Five-Point Plan for Reducing Plastic Waste
More eco-friendly design of packaging and products and higher plastic recycling targets are two of the points included in the plan.

Peruvian Congress Approves Bill to Tax Single-Use Plastic Packaging
The law also authorizes tax incentives for companies to produce biodegradable alternatives.

Portuguese Government Decree Establishes Container Deposit Scheme Pilot Project
Initially, the deposit will apply only to plastic bottles but later glass, aluminum, and steel containers will be added.

Brazilian Senado Approves Bill to Establish Reverse Logistics for Cooking Oil
The bill now will be taken up by the Camara dos Deputados.

Brazilian Ministry of Environment Releases Draft Reverse Logistics Plan for Lead-Acid Batteries
The plan calls for collecting 90% of all waste lead-acid batteries introduced into the market within four years.

Latest Danish Government Report Shows Packaging Recycling Up in 2016
The recycling rates for glass, plastic, paper and cardboard, metal and wood all increased and exceed EU targets

The Bulletin

10 December 2018:

Regulatory Developments:
CalRecycle Announces Arrests in Alleged $16 Million Beverage Container Recycling Fraud Case
Government of Portugal Opens Public Consultation on Green Procurement Product Criteria

Statistics and Trends:
United Nations Report Says 66% of Countries Worldwide Have Enacted Legislation To Regulate Plastic Bags
New South Wales CDS Surpasses One Billion Container Returns
Northern Ireland Household Waste Recycling Rate Up 3.7% in FY2017/2018
Irish EPA Study Finds Insufficient Food and Plastic Wastes Being Separated from Trash

Business Initiatives:
European Bioplastics Industry Forecasts Nearly 25% Growth Over Next Five Years
CITEO Announces Trial Composting of PLA Plastic
US Aluminum Association Opposes Proposal to Repeal Michigan Container Deposit Scheme
Industry Association Says 2 Million Americans Can Recycle Paper Beverage Cups through Its City Partnerships

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