State Recycling Laws Update

8 August 2022:

Canadian Government Launches Public Consultation on Proposed Registry for Plastics Producers
The registry is the first step toward establishing an EPR scheme for plastics.

Two National Recycling Bills Advanced through United States Senate
The bills are being reviewed in the House of Representatives.

California Legislature Poised to Prohibit Pre-checkout Bags that Do Not Meet State Compostability Standards
Bags presented as compostable but actually are not can contaminate the composting waste stream.

City of San Diego Will Proceed with Ordinance Banning Polystyrene Foam Food and Drink Containers
The municipal government had been awaiting the completion of an environmental impact report.

US Department of Energy Launches Request for Input on New Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program
$750 million in funding is being allocated for the grant program.

Applications for Composting and Food Waste Reduction Grants Being Accepted by US Department of Agriculture
The USDA has $10.2 million available for grants this year.

Recycling Laws International

1 August 2022:

Queensland Government Publishes Five-Year Roadmap for Banning Single-Use Plastics
Next year, bans will take effect for expanded polystyrene loose packaging, heavy weight plastic carrier bags, microbeads in personal care and cleaning products, and plastic cotton bud sticks.

Brazilian Camara Bill Would Require Municipalities to Provide Recycling in Public Spaces
The measure would amend Brazil’s National Policy on Solid Waste.

National E-Waste Collection and Recycling Program Would Be Created by Argentinian Senate Bill
Underpinning the proposed program would be special e-waste collection containers in a designated color.

Swedish EPA Report Argues Plastics Value Chain Changes Are Needed to Make Plastics More Circular
The report says far too much fossil-based plastic waste is being incinerated, contributing to climate change.

Singapore's New National Action Strategy on Marine Litter Starts with Reductions from Land-Based Sources
Actions range from reducing the use of disposable plastics to removal of microplastic particles from wastewater.

European Council and Parliament Agree to Additional Persistent Organic Pollutant Restrictions in Waste
Such hazardous substances could be problematic as the European Union transitions to a circular economy.

The Bulletin

27 July 2022:

Regulatory Developments:

  • Chilean Environmental Minister Announces Intent to Push for a National Composting Bill
  • Canadian Government Publishes Guidance on Selecting Alternatives to Banned Single-Use Plastic Items

Statistics and Trends:

  • New South Wales EPA Partners with Community Groups to Reduce Single-Use Plastics Consumption
  • Latest Government Data Shows Per Capita Single-Use Plastic Bag Use in England Hit an All-Time Low
  • Philippine DENR to Install 268 Trash Traps to Prevent Marine Litter
  • Scottish Government Allocates £3.4 Million More to Support Local Recycling Programs
  • Catalonian Separated Waste Collections Increased 3.1% in 2021
  • New York City Is Expanding Containerized Trash Collection Pilot

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