State Recycling Laws Update

7 August 2017:

Maine Enacts Law Banning Sale of Upholstered Furniture Containing Flame-Retardant Chemicals
The new law takes effect on January 1, 2019.

United States Senate Approves Funding Reauthorization of Marine Debris Act
The measure will be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Bill Introduced in United States House of Representatives Seeks to Reduce Food Waste
Provisions address food waste in the production chain, in households and schools, and by the federal government.

Bill Introduced in Boston City Council Would Require Take Back of Consumer Medical Sharps
Retailers selling the products would have to provide convenient and free collection.

Quebec Government Adds Household Appliances and Air Conditioners to Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations
Changes to Environmental Quality Act proposed; public consultation launched.

Berkeley, California Considers Possible Ordinance to Ban Disposable Plastic Straws
Alternately, the city might impose a broader ban on "all single-use disposables."

Recycling Laws International

10 August 2017:

Kenya Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Unveils National Waste Management Bill
The measure provides a framework for future regulatory development.

Portuguese Government Launches Public Consultation on National Strategy for Combating Food Waste
The National Strategy includes an Action Plan with 14 measures and 14 progress indicators.

New South Wales EPA Proposes Minimum Environmental Standards for Scrap Metal Businesses
The standards address only eight areas of scrap metal operations.

Bill in Puerto Rico Senado Would Help Market Local Products Made from Recyclable Materials
Measures include developing a recycled products marketing plan and publishing a recycled products guide.

Mandatory Use of LED Lamps in Public Housing Development Proposed in Brazilian Camara Bill
LED lamps are more energy efficient and less toxic than some other types of lighting.

INTERPOL Inspections Uncover 1.5 Million Tons of Illegal Waste in One Month Operation
More than 10 thousand tons of illegal waste was discovered in the Netherlands alone.

The Bulletin

23 August 2017:

Regulatory Developments:
New Zealand Government Moves Up Date of Microplastic Beads Ban
Next Phase of Pasadena, California Polystyrene Foam Ban Takes Effect

Statistics and Trends:
CalRecycle Report Says Waste Disposal Up, Recycling Down in California in FY2017
Chilean Environmental Ministers Announces Funding for Construction of 24 Pre-Recycling Facilities
Ontario Environmental Minister Issues Direction for Amended Paper Products and Packaging Recycling Program Proposal
New South Wales EPA Announces Availability of $3 Million in Community Recycling Center Grants
Scotland Now Has 100 Certified Re-use Stores in Operation
Victoria EPA Orders Removal of Massive Waste Tires Stockpile
Austin, Texas Expands Residential Curbside Composting Program

Business Initiatives:
UK Vinyl Recycling Reached Record High in 2016 Says Industry Association

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