State Recycling Laws Update

29 May 2017:

Illinois General Assembly Approves Use of 360-Lid Metal Beverage Containers
The approved bill will be sent to Governor Rauner for signing.

Maine Legislature Expands Container Deposit Scheme to Include Miniature Liquor and Wine Bottles
However, Governor Paul R. LePage threatened to veto the bill.

Miami Suburb Approves Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags
The ordinance took immediate effect.

California Assembly Approves Extension of Plastic Environmental Labeling Requirements
The bill is now being reviewed in the Senate.

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Establish State Mattress Recycling Fund
The bill would have required retailers to add a $5 advance recycling fee on each mattress sold in the state.

Task Force to Study Electronics Recycling and Reuse Proposed in New York Senate
The task force would submit a report of findings to the state legislature within one year.

Bill Authorizing Local Waste Tire Storage Restrictions Clears Louisiana House of Representatives
The restrictions would apply only to storage on residential property.

Recycling Laws International

26 May 2017:

Estonian Parliament Approves Plastic Bag Law
The new law brings Estonia into compliance with Directive (EU) 2015/720 on reducing plastic bag consumption

European Parliament Committee Resolution Calls for Action on Reducing Food Waste, Increasing Resource Efficiency
The resolution recommends 135 considerations to be made or actions to be taken by the European Commission, Member States and industry stakeholders.

French Government Approves New Packaging Extended Producer Responsibility Organization
The decision brings new competition to two other EPR organizations first approved by the government in the 1990s.

Municipal Collection of Waste Electronics, Batteries and Lamps Proposed in Brazilian Camara Bill
The proposed collection could accelerate slow-to-evolve extended producer responsibility programs.

Biodegradable Food Packaging Bill Being Considered in Colombian Congress
Among the bill's provisions is a registry on the Ministry of Environment website of producers offering appropriate biodegradable food containers.

Brazilian Deputado Recommends Penalties for Ship Captains That Dump Plastic Waste in the Water
His bill would amend a law addressing marine navigation safety.

Swiss Federal Office for the Environment Helps Launch National Anti-Littering Logo
The logo may be used by local governments and schools to show support in the fight against litter.

The Bulletin

24 May 2017:

Regulatory Developments:
Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection Reports Single-Use Plastic Bag Consumption Down 80% after Passage of Bag Law
European Chemicals Agency Publishes New Documents on Nanomaterials Registration

Statistics and Trends:
Paris Launches Separated Food Waste Collection Pilot Program
Irish EPA Publishes Two Industry Guides on Reusing Products
Ohio EPA Awards $5 Million in Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants
Nebraska DEQ Awards $1.7 Million Awarded for Waste Tire Recycling and Collection Projects
Western Australian Government Announces Funding for Waste Avoidance Projects

Business Initiatives:
Biobased Plastic Receives Interim Approval by the European PET Bottle Platform
Nestle Expands Brazilian Waste Coffee Capsules Collection and Recycling Network
WEEE Ireland Announces Partnership with PV Cycle

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