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State Recycling Laws Update

19 January 2022:

"Advanced Recycling" of Plastic Waste Proposed in Three More State Legislatures
Advanced recycling facilities would not be subject to some state waste management law requirements.

Bans on Polystyrene Foam Food Service Containers Proposed in Two States
The bans would extend to some other polystyrene products.

Kentucky State Senator Introduces Bill to Ban Some Single-Use Plastics
Among the items targeted are single-use plastic bags and polystyrene food and drink containers.

Rhode Island Lawmakers Again Try to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags
The bags were banned in 2019 in Providence, the state capital and its largest city.

Two Packaging Stewardship Bills Introduced in Virginia General Assembly
The two House bills have many common elements but a key difference, too.

Repeal of Arizona Auxiliary Containers Law Proposed in State Senate
The same measure would require retailers to charge customers five cents for each single-use bag they distribute.

Ban on Miniature Bottles Containing Alcoholic Beverages Sought in Rhode Island House Bill
The bill seeks to prevent the containers from becoming litter.

Two Companion Bills in Florida Legislature Would Provide Financial Support to Municipal Waste-to-Energy Facilities
The state would provide two cents per kilowatt hour to electrical utilities as a financial incentive.

Public Housing Access to Recycling Services Subject of New Hampshire House Bill
Towns would be required to provide the access.

Washington State Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Set Standards for Products Claiming Biodegradability
Adherence to accepted standards would be need to certified by a third-party auditing scheme.

Bill to Establish a Takeback Program for Computers and TVs Introduced in Arizona State Legislature
The proposed program would take effect on January 1, 2023.


Recycling Laws International

17 January 2022:

United Kingdom Government Publishes Guidance on Upcoming Plastic Packaging Tax
The tax is scheduled to take effect on April 1.

Queensland Government Launches Public Consultation on Possible Expansion of Single-Use Plastics Ban
The consultation follows the start of a ban of seven initial items.

Thirty-three Members of French National Assembly Introduce Resolution to Fight Plastic Pollution
The resolution calls for the five government actions including prohibiting the production of petroleum-based plastic beginning on January 1, 2030.

Government of India Publishes Draft Regulation to Establish EPR for Waste Tires
A public consultation on the draft proposal is underway.

Bill to Ban Wet Wipes Containing Plastic Introduced in UK Parliament
The ban would apply to production and sales of the wipes in England and Wales.

Improved Terrestrial Waste Management is Part of New Scottish Marine Litter Strategy
The strategy includes actions to reduce litter and illegally dumped waste that make their way to the marine environment.


The Bulletin


27 October 2021:

Regulatory Developments:

  • Delayed Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect in Washington State

Statistics and Trends:

  • European Plastic Film Recycling Increased 10% in 2020
  • Waste Generation Jumped 20% in Northern Ireland
  • Portuguese Environment Agency Announces Project to Track Possible Illegal E-Waste Movement
  • Hong Kong Launches Preliminary Public Consultation on Transitioning from Single-Use Plastics
  • Japanese MOE Announces Pilot Projects Supporting Circular Plastics Production and CO2 Reductions
  • Italian Ministry of Environmental Transition Allocates €27 Million for Plastic Bottle Recycling Machines
  • New Zealand Government Announces $50 Million in Funding to Minimize Plastic Waste
  • New South Wales Makes $7 Million Available for Solar Panels Recycling

Business Initiatives:

  • Canadian Company Signs MOU with Call2Recycle to Collect and Recycle Electric Vehicle Batteries


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