State Recycling Laws Update

19 December 2014:

Maryland Finalizes Zero Waste Plan
The plan calls for a container deposit scheme, packaging EPR, a disposal ban on electronics and more.

Illinois EPA Revises End-of-Life Thermostat Collection Targets
Other revisions to the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act approved.

Minnesota Agency Publishes Legislative Report on Plastic Microbeads
The report recommends taking legislative action to augment voluntary phaseouts by producers.

Texas May Ban Landfill Disposal of E-Waste
The ban would support currently mandated recycling programs financed by manufacturers.

New York City Drafts Rule to Authorize Fines for E-Waste Disposal
The proposed rule supports a statewide e-waste disposal ban that takes effect next year.

California Municipality Now Requires Recyclable or Returnable Carryout Food Packaging
Polystyrene foam packaging to be banned effective July 1, 2015.

US EPA Updates Regulations Concerning Hazardous Materials Recycling
New rule targets third party recyclers having risky operations.

US EPA Restricts Proposed New Uses of Phthalate DnPP
New use restrictions also placed on more than a dozen other chemicals.

Recycling Laws International

12 December 2014:

French Ministerial Draft Decree Requires Local Waste Prevention Programs
Local commissions would develop and implement programs and submit reports to the Ministry of Ecology.

Western Australia Proposes Changes to its Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act
Reforms proposed to increase recycling and deter landfill disposal.

An Unusual Type of Plastic Bag Law Proposed in Curitiba
A government bill would set specifications for plastic bags to facilitate recycling.

European Food Waste Reduction Charter Proposed by Italian Environmental Minister
Charter includes 11 voluntary measures that nations are encouraged to adopt.

Small Changes May Be Coming to Japanese Appliance Recycling Law
The Ministry of Environment releases results from a public comment period.

Swiss Government Report Examines Issues in Extending Product Lifecycles
While recommendations are made no new regulations are proposed.

The Bulletin

10 December 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
Czech Republic Approves New Municipal Waste Requirements
US EPA Offers Updated Alternatives Assessment for TBBPA in Circuit Boards

Statistics and Trends:
Global Bioplastics Market Projected to Grow by More Than 400% by 2018
Scottish Organic Waste Processing Increased by 9% in 2013
61% of UK Curbside Recycling Programs Now Include Cartons
Lithuanian Ministry and Industry Meet to Discuss WEEE Recycling Improvements
Swiss Government Study Finds Microplastic Particles Common in Country's Lakes and Rivers
New Organization Launches Corporate Chemicals Footprint Metric
Study Finds Policies on Some New UK Recyclables Not Understood by Consumers

Business Initiatives:
FEDEREC and Eco-Systems Sign National E-Waste Recycling Agreement
Dutch Waste Association Claims LCA Favors Green Bin Collections over Food Disposers
Danish SMEs Join Government Partnership for Safer Alternative Chemicals Development

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