State Recycling Laws Update
5 December 2013:
Financial Analysis Of Ontario Curbside Recycling Program Shows Costs Continue To Rise
At the same time, revenue from the sale of recyclable materials has fallen.
Michigan To Consider Establishing A Scrap Metal Transactions Database
A bipartisan bill will be introduced soon in Michigan House of Representatives to create the database.
New Hampshire Prepares To Finalize Incineration Bans On Range Of Waste Items
The items range from electronic devices to organics.
DEP Proposes Adding Several Metals And Formaldehyde To Maine's Chemicals Of High Concern List
Children's products containing the substances could later be banned or require the substitution of safer alternative substances.
Albany County Bans Polystyrene Foam Takeout Food Packaging
Food service providers must use compostable or biodegradable alternatives.
South Carolina Bill Calls For Using Inmates To Clean Up Litter
Litter prevention and jail have a history in the state.
Recycling Laws International
2 December 2013:
Draft Irish National Hazardous Waste Management Plan Released
Possible new EPR programs and substitution or reduction in use of hazardous materials and products in public procurement are among the plan's recommendations.
United Kingdom Launches Call For Evidence On Proposed Single-Use Plastic Bag Charge
Information sought on types of carrier bags distributed and their costs, possible use of biogradable/compostable bags, possible exemptions to proposed law and other subjects.
Philippine Senate Bill Would Require Government To Use More Recycled Paper
Purchases of recycled paper should be made if the cost is not more than 10% higher than non-recycled paper.
Finland Delays Implementation Of New Packaging EPR Regulations
Bill approved in Parliament pushes effective date back by a year.
European Parliament Committee Amends Draft Plastic Waste Resolution
Additions include restricting hazardous substances in plastics and reducing the negative environmental impacts of plastics through improved design measures.
Second Bill To Ban Waste Incineration Introduced In Brazilian Camara
Latest bill would force municipalities to implement required recycling programs.
4 Decemmber 2013:
Government and Regulatory:
Italy Issues Decree Authorizing Prison Time For Illegal Waste Burning
Philippine Resolution Calls For Senate Inquiry Into Phthalates And Premature Baby Deliveries
Canada Decides Not To Restrict Use Of The Flame Retardant TBBPA
Danish Government Budgets $200 Million Kroner For Resource Recovery Efforts
Government Audit Finds Problems With Louisiana Waste Tire Management Program
Statistics And Trends:
Eco Emballages Reports 100,000-Ton Reduction In Packaging Generation Over Five Years
North Carolina Claims 12% Growth In Recycling Jobs Since 2010
Kansas DHE Announces Availability of Waste Reduction Grants To Local Governments And Schools
European Paper Industry Claims A 71% Recycling Rate For 2012
Leading UK Waste Industry Group Says No To Possible Fee Exemption For Biodegradable Plastic Bags
The Green Perspective:
Deutsche Umwelthilfe Launches Online Petition Drive For A German Plastic Bag Fee
Naturskyddsforeningen Releases Survey Of Hazardous Chemicals In Products In Swedish Pre-Schools
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