State Recycling Laws Update

16 November 2015:

Bill Introduced in US Congress Would Tax Single-Use Carryout Bags Nationally
Retailers would be encouraged financially to implement a plastic bag recycling program.

Packaging Is One of Three Priorities in US EPA's New Sustainable Materials Management Plan
Reducing food waste and conserving and recycling infrastructure materials are the others.

Baltimore City Council Bill Outlines Requirements for Recycling at Special Events
New requirements would bring Baltimore into compliance with a recently enacted Maryland law.

New York City Council Bill Would Require Air Quality Monitoring at Marine Waste Transfer Stations
Monitoring would be conducted daily and results sent monthly to elected officials and community groups.

New Brunswick Environmental Minister Says Electronics EPR Program Will Be Operational Next Fall
Announcement follows approval of changes to the province's Designated Materials Regulation.

New York City Files for Appeal of Overturned Polystyrene Foam Ban
City attorneys defend DSNY Commissioner's determination of no viable polystyrene foam recycling option.

Recycling Laws International

23 November 2015:

Spanish Cabinet Approves 2016-2022 Waste Management Plan
The plan focuses on 15 waste streams including packaging, electronics, batteries, tires, end-of-life vehicles and organics.

South Australia Finalizes New Five-Year Waste Strategy
The overall goal of the state remains to reduce waste to landfill by 35% by 2020.

Another Bill to Create a National Green Seal Was Introduced in the Brazilian Camara
The sponsor says the seal would encourage companies to recycle, reuse materials and reduce waste generation.

Indian Government Publishes Guidelines for Environmental Management of End-of-Life Vehicles
The document provides a roadmap for modernizing the Indian scrap vehicle processing industry.

Danish EPA Releases Report on Microplastics Pollution
However, the report makes no recommendations for new policy changes or laws

European Chemicals Agency Proposes to Restrict a Phthalate and 10 Other Substances
Public consultation opened.

The Bulletin

25 November 2015:

Regulatory Issues:
Washington Department of Ecology Proposes Changes to E-Waste Regulations
Vancouver to Turn Over All Residential Recycling to Multi-Material British Columbia

Statistics and Trends:
Nearly 50% of Brazilian Municipalities Now Have Solid Waste Management Plans
One-third of Norwegian ELV Recyclers May Have Hazardous Waste Violations
Reducing Food Waste Could Save Sweden Up to 14 Billion Kroner Annually
EU Plastic Waste Collection May Be Up But Recycling Isn't, Claims Industry Association
Danish EPA Publishes Guidelines on Managing Chemicals in Textiles
Industry Survey Finds Sustainability Is an Important Trend in Food Service Packaging

Business and Industry Initiatives:
US Waste and Recycling Association Issues Updated MRF Standards
El-Kretzen EEE Compliance Organization Receives 10-Year License Renewal

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