State Recycling Laws Update

18 April 2022:

Kentucky Becomes Latest State to Enact "Advanced Recycling" of Waste Plastics Law
Two other states passed similar legislation earlier this year.

Pittsburgh City Council Approves Ordinance Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags
The ordinance also will establish a reusable bag pilot program.

Hawaii Senate Approves Resolution Supporting New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Resolution
The concurrent resolution is being considered by the House of Representatives.

Ontario Legislative Assembly Bill Seeks to Reduce Microplastic Pollution from Washing Machines
The measure would require special filters on washing machines.

Proposed NYC Council Measure Would Require Larger Retail Food Stores to Support the City’s Food Donation Portal
Violations could result in monthly penalties of up to $10,000.

Virginia Governor Issues Executive Order to Help Increase Recycling
However, the EO eliminates a plan to phase-out single use plastics purchased by state agencies and institutions.

New Jersey Lawmaker Proposes Establishing an Electric Vehicle Battery Recycling Task Force
The task force would conduct a study and report on its findings.

Maryland General Assembly Approves Bill Banning PFAS in Food Packaging and Other Products
The ban will take effect on January 1, 2024.

Vermont House of Representatives Approves Household Hazardous Waste Product Stewardship Bill
The bill is being reviewed in the Senate.

Recycling Laws International

11 April 2022:

European Commission Publishes Proposals for Producing More Sustainable Products
One proposal calls for an EU Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation.

Circular Economy Bill Introduced in Irish Parliament
The bill would restrict single-use plastics, help prevent food waste, include reuse and repair targets for products and materials in waste management plans and more.

Swiss Federal Council Launches Food Waste Reduction Action Plan
The plan featuring at least 14 measures will continue through 2030.

Dutch State Secretary of Environment Outlines Single-Use Plastics Reduction Regulation in Letter to House of Representatives
The regulation requires a transition from some disposable plastic packaging and products and makes producers of some items responsible for litter cleanup costs.

Waste-to-Energy Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara dos Deputados
A proposed program could include energy-recovery incineration and biogas production.

Scottish Circular Economy Minister Forms another Advisory Group to Help Craft Mandatory Charge for Disposable Beverage Cups
An earlier advisory group indicated a 20-25 pence per cup charge might be appropriate.

The Bulletin

16 February 2022:

Regulatory Developments:

  • Milk and Plant-Based Beverages Containers Added to British Columbia Container Deposit System

Statistics and Trends:

  • Norwegian Environment Agency Audits Find E-Waste Often Improperly Handled by Metal Recycling Facilities
  • Paper Industry Survey Finds 94% of US Communities Have Access to Paper Recycling Programs
  • Spanish Glass Container Recycling Increased 5% in 2021
  • Zero Waste Scotland Report Identifies the Most Carbon Intensive Materials Wasted
  • Victorian Government Announces $36.5 Million in New Funding for Recycling Infrastructure Improvements

Business Initiatives:

  • Coca-Cola Company Plans to Make 25% of Its Bottles Reusable by 2030
  • American Chemistry Council Calls for Creation of a National Plastics Recycling Advisory Committee
  • Plastics Recyclers Europe Launches Data System to Monitor European Plastics Recycling

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