State Recycling Laws Update

24 July 2017:

California DTSC Approves Revised Waste Mercury-Containing Thermostat Collection Plan
However, despite the approval, DTSC wants more changes to the stewardship plan.

Illinois General Assembly Approves Changes to Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act
The bill was sent to Governor Bruce Rauner for signing.

Extension of CalRecycle's Authorized Review Period for Local Solid Waste Plans Approved by State Legislature
The enrolled version was sent to Governor Brown to sign.

California Senate Approves Bill for Beverage Container Recycling Pilot Projects in Particular Areas
The measure seeks to relieve container redemption financial pressure on small grocery and convenience stores.

New York City Department of Sanitation Plans to Expand the Number of Food Establishments Covered by Organic Waste Recycling Rules
Many supermarkets, restaurants and food chains with 50 or more locations in the city could soon be added.

Honolulu City Council Approves Expansion of Plastic Bag Ban
The approved bill also places interim fees on reusable and compostable plastic bags starting next year.

Recycling Laws International

20 July 2017:

G20 Nations Agree to Action Plan on Marine Litter
The plan includes seven general areas of emphasis.

Peruvian Government Consults on Draft Law on Integrated Solid Waste Management
The draft law incorporates the concept of a circular economy, the five-level waste management hierarchy, and extended producer responsibility to minimize waste disposal.

Puerto Rican Representantes Call for Camara Study of Current E-Waste Management Situation
The investigation seeks to determine if the current e-waste law is being properly followed.

Norwegian Environment Agency Proposes Beverage Container Deposit Increase
A public consultation is open until September.

Nordic Council of Ministers Outline Strategy to Cut Food Waste in Half
The Council also published a guidance document on food waste and date labeling.

Brazilian Senate Bill Would Require Warning Labels on Food and Cosmetics Containing Potentially Carcinogenic Ingredients
The labeling requirement could encourage manufacturers to switch to safer alternative ingredients.

The Bulletin

19 July 2017:

Regulatory Developments:
Danish EPA Launches Public Consultation Prior to Making Waste Rules Changes
Singapore NEA Says All General Waste Disposal Facilities Must Be Licensed By July 2018
Defra Review Finds Packaging Producer Responsibility Obligations Regulations Remain Effective

Statistics and Trends:
New South Wales EPA To Provide $331 Million More in Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants
Danish Environmental Ministry Allocates 3 Million Kroner to Combat Marine Plastic Waste Cleanup
Government of Sao Paolo Makes Waste-to-Energy Part of Its Zero Waste Program
UK's WRAP Launches Public Consultation on Updated Food Labeling Guidance for Reducing Waste
Two NGOs Publish Study on the Circular Economy, EPR and Financial Instruments

Business Initiatives:
Dow Teams with Keep America Beautiful to Promote Plastic Waste-to-Engery Bags Program
Waste Norway Encourages Residents to Collect Marine Debris and Waste This Summer

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