State Recycling Laws Update21 November 2014:
Environmental Bill of Rights Proposed in Canadian Parliament
Citizens would be guaranteed access to information, participation in government environmental decision-making and legal recourse.
Bill Pre-filed in Texas Legislature Would Place New E-Waste Responsibilities on Large Retailers
Among the requirements, large retailers must accept covered end-of-life devices at no charge.
Bill to Update Michigan Scrap Tires Regulations Passes State Senate
DEQ Could Draw from Scrap Tire Site Owner Bonds to Conduct Removal and Clean Up.
Baltimore City Council Passes Plastic Bag Ban
However, the mayor has said she will veto the bill.
New York City Council Begins Discussion of Carryout Bag Fee
Proposed ordinance calls for a 10-cent or greater fee per bag.
Recycling Laws International
14 November 2014:
Australia's Northern Territory Releases Draft Waste Management Strategy
The strategy calls for increased education on waste reduction, improvements to infrastructure and support for recyclables marketing.
Latest Eurostat Data Shows Traded Recyclables Volumes Up But Prices Down
By percentage, recycled glass fell the most.
EFSA Group Meets to Discuss Safety of Non-Plastic Food Contact Materials
Two more processes for recycling PET for food contact applications approved.
First Two Companies Certified Using Singapore E-Waste Management Standard
Voluntary standard was co-developed by the National Environment Agency
France Rolls Out New Plan to Reduce Waste Reduction and Boost Recycling
Local government efforts seen as vital for successful implementation.
19 November 2014:
Government and Regulatory:
Dutch Inspectors Seize 240 Tons of Illegal Waste Bound for India
Waste Advisory Committee Launched in Quebec
Takoma Park, Maryland Bans Polystyrene Foam Food Service Ware
Statistics and Trends:
English Household Recycling Rate Barely Improved in 2013, Incineration Up More
Endocrine Disruptors Costing EU 4.5 Billion Kroner Annually, Claims Nordic Governments Report
Swedish Energy Agency to Provide 12 Million Krona for Bioenergy Development Proposals
Survey Indicates Older US Residents Tend to Think Greener Than Those Younger
Peruvian Campaign Converts 1,680 Kg of PET Bottles into Blankets for the Poor
European Metal Packagers Unveil New Recycling Mark
Waste Norway Calls for National 80% Recycling/Recovery Target
Green Grid to Address Efficiency in Data Center Liquid Cooling Systems
UK Waste Industry Groups Create New Policy-Focused Organization
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