State Recycling Laws Update
17 October 2016:
Texas Attorney General Sues Brownsville to Overturn Its Single-Use Plastic Bag Ordinance
The fee on single-use plastic bags went into effect more than five years ago.
Seattle City Council Approves Changes to Existing Carryout Bag Ordinance
Among changes, compostable bags must meet new requirements; no bags may be labeled as biodegradable.
Washington Ecology to Consider Additions to the Chemicals of High Concern to Children List
Changes to the reporting rules for manufacturers also will be considered.
Federation of Canadian Municipalities Calls for National Tax Incentives to Reduce Food Waste
The federation said it supports a proposal being advanced by the National Zero Waste Council.
South Carolina Coastal Town Tentatively Approves Ban on Polystyrene Foam
A proposed ordinance would also ban single-use plastic bags.
Virginia General Assembly to Revisit Landfill Gas Emissions Legislation in January
If the bill is approved, gas control systems would need to be in place by July 1, 2018.
Recycling Laws International
22 October 2016:
French Senate Report Offers a Strategy for Managing Mobile Phone Waste
The report includes 27 proposals to improve phone eco-design and increase reuse and recycling.
Indian CPCB Publishes New Guidelines for E-Waste Management Rules
Guidelines include direction to producers for implementing extended producer responsibility (EPR) requirements.
UK's Defra Launches Public Consultation on Possible 2016 WEEE Compliance Fee
Two competing fee calculation methodologies are under consideration.
In Battle against Marine Plastic Waste, France Proposes Bans on Cotton Swabs and Microbeads
Public consultations were opened on both proposals.
Philippine House Resolution Calls for Action on Non-Environmentally Acceptable Packaging
The resolution focuses on disposable plastic packaging and food service ware.
South Korea Announces Proposed Ban on Plastic Microbeads
The ban would take effect next summer.
Swiss Parliament Waives Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags
New agreement with retailers will allow disposable plastic bags distribution if a fee is charged consumers.
26 October 2016:
Encinitas, California May Ban Polystyrene Foam Carryout Food Packaging
Danish EPA Cautions Consumers about Vehicle Scrappage Law Compliance
Statistics and Trends:
Municipal Solid Waste Generation Up 1.7% in Brazil in 2015
2016 UK Paper and Wood Packaging Recycling Targets Already Met; Other Materials Not Far Behind
BAN to Routinely Deploy Hidden GPS Transmitters to Track E-Waste Movement
DSNY Launches On-Demand E-Waste Pickup for Staten Island Residents
Metro Vancouver Launches Campaign to Divert Residential Kitchen Grease and Oil
French Pilot Program Finds Separating C&D Waste at Construction Sites Important
Singapore NEA Publishes Reduce/Reuse/Recycle Guidebook for Hotels
Canadian Plastics Industry Association Co-Funds Polystyrene Foam Recycling Facility
Australian Packaging Covenant Co-Funds New Glass Recycling Facility
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