State Recycling Laws Update

17 August 2015:

US Senate Bill Would Allow New State Fees to be Imposed on Out-of-State Trash Imports
The state fees could then be passed down to local communities adversely affected by the imports.

Zero Waste Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives
The measure would authorize the US EPA to award grants to local governments.

Canadian Government Moves to Ban Microplastic Beads
A sixty-day public comment period has opened.

Hawaii Announces Decrease in Beverage Container Fee
The fee decrease follows a decrease in the container recycling rate.

NYC Bill Would Require Approved Special Receptacles for Buildings with Major Rodent Problems
Repeat health or housing maintenance code violations would trigger the requirement.

Illinois General Assembly Authorizes Support for Compostable and Biodegradable Container Logos Development
New public act extends current law provisions.

Burlington Approves Switch to Self-Compacting Public Spaces Recycling Receptacles
Officials say the decision will help the city comply more effectively with Vermont's universal recycling law.

Recycling Laws International

31 August 2015:

Scottish Government Launches Consultation on Extending the Useful Life of Products
The proposal is presented as an important element in creating a more circular economy.

Danish Ministry Issues Advisory on Use of Perfluorinated Compounds in Food Packaging
Advisory applies to PFCs in some paper and cardboard material.

Single-Use Carrier Bag Distribution Rises in Northern Ireland Despite Bag Tax
But distribution remains well below the 2013 baseline.

Brazilian Senate Holds Hearing on Recycling Tax Incentives Bill
The bill would provide financial support for parts of the National Policy on Solid Waste.

Portuguese Environment Agency Extends License for National Drug and Drug Packaging Compliance Organization
License extension includes a new 20% drug packaging waste recycling target.

Brazilian Camara Bill Would Mandate Switch to Energy-Efficient LED Lamps
The mandate would apply only to public buildings.

The Bulletin

26 August 2015:

Government and Regulatory:
Czech Senate Approves Amendments to Waste Act
South Korea Adjusts Volume-Based Waste Fees for Smaller Households
Danish EPA Investigates Nanomaterials Use in Inkjet and Laser Toner Cartridges

Statistics and Trends:
Norway Recycled and Recovered 563,000 Tons of Waste Packaging in 2014
Danish EPA Offering 400,000 Kroner in Grants for Clothing/Textile Ecolabeling Projects
Austin Uses Public Libraries as Temporary Waste Battery Collection Locations
Brazilian Ministry of Environment Launches Waste Management Best Practices Web Site
California Agencies to Study Recycled Waste Tire Products and Potential Health Issues

Business and Industry Initiatives:
UK Waste Association Calls for Minimum Recycled Content Requirements Across the EU
Major Dutch Banking Group Plans to Cut Office Waste 28% in 4 Years
WEEE Ireland Hopes "Bulb Exchange" Will Boost Lamp Recycling

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