State Recycling Laws Update

12 September 2016:

California State Legislature Approves Bill Requiring Reporting of Recycled Plastic Content in Beverage Containers
The requirement would take effect on March 1, 2018.

Rule to Impose Environmental Handling Charge on Mercury-Containing Lamps Finalized by Washington Department of Ecology
The charge was authorized by Washington State Legislature in 2014.

Arkansas DEQ Outlines Proposed Changes to Some Solid Waste Regulations
The proposed changes affect funding for e-waste and some scrap tire recycling and a landfill post-closure trust fund.

Montreal City Council Approves Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags
The ban takes effect on January 1, 2018.

San Francisco BOS Unanimously Supports California State Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban
Resolution calls on voters and state law makers to support the ban in a November referendum.

US FDA Bans Triclosan and 18 Other Sanitizing Chemicals in Consumer Products
The agency says the effectiveness of the chemicals has not been proven.

Recycling Laws International

26 September 2016:

Brazilian Deputado Calls for Mandatory Recycling in Federal Government and Other Buildings
Collected recyclable materials would be made available to recycling cooperatives and associations.

Bill Introduced in Philippine House of Representatives Would Phase-Out Single-Use Polyethylene Bags
Biodegradable plastic bags would replace polyethylene bags.

Tax Incentives for Green Seal Products Proposed in Brazilian Camara
Separate tax reductions would be available to consumers and producers

Voluntary Framework for Consistency in Residential Recycling Launched in England
Increased recyclability of packaging and consumer recycling education are two of the pillars of the framework.

LED Light Recycling to Start in Taiwan in 2017
The Taiwan EPA is also considering a ban on plastic microbeads.

South Australia EPA Cracks Down on Retailers Violating the State Container Deposit Scheme Law
Noncompliant beverage containers were seized from supermarkets.

Regulating Endocrine Disruptors and Nanomaterials among Priorities Identified by Danish Environmental Minister
The minister says he will push for new EU-wide efforts through the European Chemicals Agency.

The Bulletin

14 September 2016:

Regulatory Issues:
California Energy Commission Proposes Setting Energy-Efficiency Standards for Computers and Monitors
Hawaii DOH Announces Beverage Container Deposit Fraud Prosecution
California State Agencies Co-Sponsor Public Forum on BPA Alternatives for Food and Beverage Cans

Statistics and Trends:
Illinois EPA Oversees Collection of 148 Tons of Scrap Tires
Massachusetts EEA Awards $1.6 Million in Recycling and Waste Reduction Grants
Canadian Access to Plastics Recycling Increased to 96%
Vancouver Launches On-Street Recycling Pilot Project

Business Initiatives:
Carrefour and Unilever Partner in Brazilian Packaging Reverse Vending Machines Program
UK Environmental Services Association Preparing White Paper on EPR and Litter Reduction
US Vinyl Institute Launches Sustainability Council, Seeks Participants

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