State Recycling Laws Update

21 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

28 November 2014:

European Council of Ministers Announces Position on Single-Use Plastic Bags Regulations
Member States would either set reduction targets or implement bag fees/taxes.

Brazilian Lamp Producers Sign EPR Agreement with Ministry of Environment
Agreement includes a R$ 0.40 eco-fee on covered lamps.

Resolution in Dutch Parliament Calls for Action Plan to Collect Waste Pharmaceuticals
Sponsors argue the plan would help prevent drugs from contaminating waterways.

Hong Kong Government Moves Forward with Pay-As-You-Throw Household Waste Plan
Implementation will be phased in over a three-year period.

Defra Launches Consultation on Barriers to Reuse of Products
Defining some used products as waste may be leading to regulatory barriers.

The Bulletin

26 November 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
California DTSC Announces Nearly $2.4 Million Settlement with Recycling Firm over Alleged Violations
Norwegian Environmental Agency Publishes Guidance on Setting Local Waste Fees
ANSES Allocates 6 Million Euros to Research Health and Radio Frequencies Energy Exposure

Statistics and Trends:
Ireland Landill Disposes Less But Incinerates More Household Waste in 2013
Danish Environmental Minister and Industry Representatives Meet on Reducing Toxic Chemicals
Survey Shows Mixed Results on Improving E-Waste Recycling Behavior in US
Zero Waste Scotland Offers Grants for Reuse and Repair Hub Trials
Nordic Council of Ministers Launches Campaign to Reduce Textile Waste

Business Initiatives:
UK Waste Industry Criticizes Defra for Slowing Recycling Rate
US Aluminum Association Publishes Environmental Product Declarations
EPS To Now Be Called "Airpop," Says British Plastics Industry

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