State Recycling Laws Update

27 January 2020:

Ban on Government Purchase of Disposable Water Bottles Proposed in New York State Legislature
The same bill directs a study on the environmental and health impacts of single-use plastic water bottles and has other provisions.

Ban on State Government Purchases of Beverages in Plastic Containers Proposed in Hawaii State Legislature
If approved the ban would take effect immediately.

Bills Addressing Disposable Plastic Bags Introduced in Several More States
All of the bills call for five-cent taxes or fees to be placed on the bags.

Bills to Ban Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging Introduced in Virginia and Colorado General Assemblies
The two states join New York, Washington, Rhode Island and Kentucky as states having bills introduced to ban the packaging material.

Single-Use Plastics Bill Introduced in Colorado General Assembly
The bill concerns disposable plastic bags, straws, and drink stirrers and polystyrene foam food service products.

Maryland Lawmaker Wants to Ban Disposable Plastic Straws
The proposed ban would next effect next January.

Bill in Third Eastern State Seeks to Prevent Plastic Bottle Waste in the Hospitality Sector
Maryland became the latest state to take up the issue.

Twenty-one Vermont Representatives Cosponsor Bill to Expand Container Deposit Scheme
The range of covered beverages would be increased.

Three Bills in Arizona State Legislature Seek to Repeal State Auxiliary Containers Law
One bill would impose fees on some of the containers.

Nebraska Senator Introduces Bill to Prevent Local Ordinances Affecting Auxiliary Containers
The purpose of the bill is to reduce the burden on retailers who may have to comply with varying regulations in multiple local jurisdictions.

Study of Food Waste in Virginia Proposed by Virginia Legislator
The study would include prevention recommendations including possible donation requirements for grocery stores and restaurants.

Source Separation of Residential and Commercial Solid Waste Streams Proposed in Hawaii Senate Bill
The same bill would set a 2030 target for reducing solid waste disposal by 80%.

Waste Diversion and Recycling Task Force Would Be Established by Virginia House Resolution
The task force would study methods of improving recycling and diverting waste from landfills, then submit a report to the governor and legislature.

Bans on PFAS in Food Packaging Proposed in Two More State Legislatures
Earlier bills were introduced in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Measure to Restrict Flame Retardants in Some Products Introduced in Arizona State Legislature
The bill also prohibits the use of methylene chloride in paint or coating removal products.

Recycling Laws International

14 January 2020:

Welsh Government Launches Public Consultation on Circular Economy Strategy
The strategy focuses on six themes including expanding recycling, supporting waste prevention and reuse, and driving innovation and materials.

Draft Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy Released by Government of Ireland
A public consultation on the action plan will remain open through February 21.

Norwegian Government Releases National Waste Plan for 2020-2025
Goals in the plan harmonize with those established by recent European Union Directives.

Colombian Ministerial Resolution Establishes Official National Color Scheme for Recycling Bins
The resolution takes effect next year.

Brazilian Deputada Proposes National Ban on Disposable Plastic Cups and Steel Containers
The sponsor of the measure says less than have of Brazil’s steel packaging is being recycled.

Ban on Disposable Plastics Included in Argentinian Senate Sustainable Public Buildings Bill
Public building managers also would need to reduce waste generation and increase recycling.

The Bulletin

8 January 2020:

Regulatory Issues:

  • CalRecycle to Begin Formal Rulemaking Process for New Sustainable Food Service Packaging Law
  • Two Men Plead Guilty in £1.48 Million E-Waste Fraud Case in the United Kingdom


  • Single-Use Plastics Consumption Fell 30% in Peru in 2019
  • US Plastic Bottle Recycling Collection Rate Down Slightly in 2018
  • French Recycling Compliance Scheme Collected More Than 147 Tons of Unused Paint and HHW in 2019
  • Welsh Government Study Finds Putresible Waste Leads Other Types of Litter by Weight
  • UK Package Recycling Label System Is Simplified
  • EFSA Seeking Information on Health Risks of Microplastics and Nanoplastics in Food
  • Catalan Waste Agency Awards 350,000 Euros to Clean Up Construction Waste Dumpsites

Business Initiatives:

  • CEFLEX Opens Consultation on Proposed Designing for a Circular Economy Guidelines

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