State Recycling Laws Update

17 April 2019:

Evaluation of Plastic Packaging Waste Management Bill Approved by Washington State Legislature
The evaluation must include possible product stewardship to reduce plastic packaging waste and increase recycling.

Bill to Reduce Single-Use Plastics Consumption in North Carolina Introduced in General Assembly
Among the provisions in the bill are a study of the issue and implementation of a government pilot program.

Oregon Senate Approves Restriction on Distribution of Single-Use Plastic Straws
The measure is being considered in the House of Representatives.

Latest Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Straws Introduced in Pennsylvania General Assembly
Violations of the law would produce civil penalties as high as $2,000 per offense.

Largely Symbolic Single-Use Plastic Fee Zone Designation Resolution Passed by Hawaii Senate
The House of Representatives is considering the resolution.

Washington State Legislature Approves Law Creating State Recycling Development Center
The new law also requires that Department of Ecology to prepare a state recycling contamination reduction and outreach plan.

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Proposes More Than Doubling the State Recycling Fee
The lawmaker noted the fee has not increased in more than 30 years while recycling costs have.

Support for Sustainable Chemistry Proposed in Bill Introduced in US Congress
The bill would establish an interagency entity to facilitate sustainable chemistry activities being undertaken by the federal government.

Bill Introduced in Delaware Would Restrict Flame Retardant Chemicals in Several Categories of Products
Ten chemicals were proposed for restriction.

Recycling Laws International

8 April 2019:

European Parliament Approves Proposed Law to Reduce Single-Use Plastics
The same proposed law sets minimum recycled content on disposable PET beverage containers and other requirements on some plastic items.

UK Parliament Committee Launches Inquiry into Plastic Food and Drink Packaging
Plastic packaging extended producer responsibility and a tax are two ideas for which the committee is seeking comment.

Portuguese Government Publishes Public Administration Guidance on the Sustainable Use of Plastics and Circular Economy Solutions
The document lists 70 good practices that government agencies and departments should follow when making public administration decisions including purchasing.

Negative Effects of China's National Sword Policy Lead to Recycling and Waste Management Inquiry by Victoria Parliamentary Committee
The committee plans to publish a report on the situation in August.

Limited Plastic Bag Ban Proposed in Brazilian Camara Bill
The proposed law would take effect one year after passage.

Bill Requiring Products and Packaging Decomposition Information Introduced in Brazilian Camara dos Deputados
The information would appear on packaging and labeling.

The Bulletin

17 April 2019:

Regulatory Developments:
Government of Peru Signs Global Pact Addressing Plastic Waste

Statistics and Trends:
Overall Swedish E-Waste Collection Total Decreased in 2018
Wisconsin DNR 2018 Survey Finds an Estimated 9.3 Million Consumer Electronic Devices Not Being Recycled
Fund Launched in United Kingdom to Increase Paper Cup Recycling
Dublin Launches Coffee Cup Deposit and Return Scheme Pilot Project
UK Think Tank Comes Out Against Proposed Container Deposit Return Scheme
CalRecycle Awards $1 Million to Clean Up Illegal Municipal Dumpsites
Czech Ministry of Environment Publishes Newsletter about the Circular Economy

Business Initiatives:
Glass Container Recycling Foundation Launched in United States
French Firm Recycled 151,400 Tons of Household Plastic Packaging in 2018

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