State Recycling Laws Update

18 January 2021:

Washington State Lawmakers Want to Set Mandatory Minimum Post-Consumer Recycled Content Levels for Plastic Packaging
Plastic packaging producers that fail to meet the targets would pay fees to the state to improve waste plastic recycling efforts.

Statewide Ban on Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bags Proposed in Maryland General Assembly
However, existing county and city bag ordinances would be allowed to remain in effect.

Ban on Polystyrene Foam Food Service Containers Proposed in Virginia General Assembly
A phased-in ban would begin to take effect in 2023.

Resolution Introduced in California Assembly Supports Adding Plastic as a Hazardous Material Under the Basel Convention
The resolution calls on the Biden Administration to ratify the Basel Convention.

Mississippi Is Latest State to Consider Restrictions on Single-Use Plastic Straws
The proposed ban would take effect this summer.

Bills to Support Pyrolysis and Gasification of Plastic Waste Introduced in Virginia General Assembly
More than a half dozen states already have enacted such laws.

Bills to Establish Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging Introduced in Washington State Legislature
The bills call for a 90% overall recycling and reuse rate for packaging materials by 2040.

Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging and Printed Paper Proposed in New York State Legislature
Producers would need to have EPR plans approved by the Department of Environmental Conservation within three years of the law taking effect.

Container Deposit Scheme Proposed for Maryland in General Assembly
An advisory committee would develop the framework for the scheme.

Oregon State Legislature to Consider Bill for Product Stewardship of Photovoltaic Energy Systems
The measure seeks to achieve an 85% reuse and recovery rate for end-of-life systems.

Creation of Photovoltaic Recycling Advisory Group Proposed in California State Senate
The nine-member group would make policy recommendation to ensure all end-of-life photovoltaic panels are recycled or reused in a safe and cost-effective manner.

Reuse of Waste Tires Pilot Programs and Study Called for by New York State Lawmakers
The measure would take effect in 90 days once approved.

Recycling Laws International

28 December 2020:

Australian Parliament Approves Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020
Licenses to export waste glass will be required beginning on January 1, 2021; new rules published.

European Commission Adopts New Rules on Plastic Waste Imports and Exports
The regulations harmonize European Union regulations with 2019 plastic waste amendments to the Basel Convention.

European Chemicals Agency Recommends Placing Broad Restrictions on Use of Microplastics
The European Commission may adopt restrictions as soon as next year.

Brazilian Deputado Proposes Enhancing National EPR Law in Regard to Packaging Waste
To do so, the deputado wants to amend the National Policy on Solid Waste.

Chilean Government Launches Consultation on Proposed Extend Producer Responsibility Regulations for Lubricating Oils
The regulations also would apply to lubricating oil containers and packaging.

To Reduce Illegal C&D Waste Dumping, French Lawmaker Calls for Making Proper Disposal Free
His resolution also calls for a new national tax on some construction and building rehabilitation products and materials.

The Bulletin

13 January 2021:

Regulatory Developments:

  • Formation of Single-Use Plastics Management Working Group Announced by Peruvian Ministry of Environment

Statistics and Trends:

  • Recycle N Save Initiative in Singapore Has Collected Nearly Four Million Beverage Containers
  • Government Study on German Circular Economy Transition Highlights Slow Start and Needed Stimulative Actions
  • European Beverage Carton Recycling Rate Is Lower than What Is Being Reported, Claims Zero Waste Europe Study
  • State of Victoria Announces $11 Million Available in Recycling and Reuse Grants
  • State of Sao Paolo Receives R$ 2.2 Million for Recycling Infrastructure Development

Business Initiatives:

  • British Plastic Recycling Could Increase by 350% According to New British Plastics Federal Roadmap
  • Swedish Waste Association Criticizes National Government for Ending Paper Producer Responsibility Scheme

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