State Recycling Laws Update

29 August 2016:

Colorado DPHE Releases Draft Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan
The plan divides the state into four geographical regions and recommends different strategies for each.

Texas State Court of Appeals Overturns a Local Plastic Bag Ordinance
The ruling may be used to challenge other local plastic bag ordinances in the state.

Toronto City Council Approves Long Term Waste Management Strategy
The strategy includes a goal to divert 70% of municipal waste by 2026.

Draft Electronics Stewardship Renewal Plan for British Columbia Released
The proposed plan essentially continues the current one launched in 2012.

Culver City California Officials Weigh Banning Vs. Recycling Polystyrene Foam Packaging
The city council and mayor have different opinions about managing polystyrene foam waste.

Scranton, Pennsylvania City Council Considers Boosting Fines for Disposal of Recyclable Material
Fines of up to $300 could be imposed on scofflaws.

Recycling Laws International

15 August 2016:

Draft French Decree Requires Disposable Food Service Ware to be Compostable
Traditional disposable plastic cups, glasses and plates will be banned.

Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Introduced in New South Wales Parliament
Biodegradable plastic bags that meet a required standard would be allowed.

Sao Paolo City Government Approves Bill Permitting Free Disposable Bags Again
The bill keeps in place a ban on single-use polyethylene bags.

Singapore Restricts Six Substances for use in EEE
The restrictions take effect in June 2017.

European Commission Committee Gathering Information on Possible Health Risks Associated with Light Emitting Diodes.
The study covers lighting, TVs, computer and cell phone screens and other products.

The Bulletin

17 August 2016:

Regulatory Issues:
California DTSC Plans to Regulate TDCPP and TCEP in Children's Bedding Products
Waste Diversion Ontario Approves Automotive Materials Stewardship Plan
Colombian Environmental Ministry Says Plastic Bag Resolution Will Take Effect in December

Statistics and Trends:
Study Released in Advance of Commercial Waste Collection Zones Plan for New York City
Study Finds Curbside Recycling Now Available to 73% of US Population
Research Firm Claims Food Waste Prevention Efforts Will Increase Global Modified Atmosphere Packaging Sales
Chilean Environmental Minister Welcomes Scrap Savengers to Participate in New Recycling Plan
Delaware DNREC Announces Availability of Universal Recycling Grants

Business Initiatives:
US Vinyl Institute Publishes Environmental Product Declarations for PVC Siding Products
Greener Set-Top Boxes Saved US Consumers $646 Million in Energy Costs Last Year

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