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State Recycling Laws Update

8 October 2018:

US Congress Approves Bill to Fund Prevention and Clean Up of Marine Debris
Efforts to minimize land-based sources of solid waste are included in the bill.

Maryland Department of the Environment Consults on Sustainable Materials Management Goals and Metrics
Goals proposed for daily per capita waste generation and recycling rates for six target materials.

California Governor Vetoes Bill Providing Latitude in Meeting Mandatory State Source Reduction and Recycling Target
The measure was intended to help local jurisdictions struggling from China's National Sword Policy.

California Restricts Distribution of Single-Use Plastic Straws
The straws can be provided only upon customer request.

New Jersey Lawmaker Calls for Restrictions on Plastic Straws and Stirrers
The plastic items are common in beach litter and present risks to birds and marine life.

Stamford, Connecticut Approves Ordinance Banning Disposable Plastic Carryout Bags
Recyclable paper bags would be permitted at a fee of ten cents each.

City of Toronto Opens Public Consultation on Reducing Single-Use Plastic Packaging
Residents are invited to participate through an online survey.


Recycling Laws International

15 October 2018:

Australian Capital Territory Opens Public Consultation on Waste-To-Energy Policy
Six waste conversion methods are being considered by the government.

Singapore Parliament Approves Law to Regulate a Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System
Large residential building owners or occupiers in designated areas will need to transport waste using a government-controlled pneumatic system.

Norwegian Environment Agency Proposes Regulation to Increase Food and Plastic Waste Sorting
A goal is to be sorting 70% of both household waste streams by 2035.

Dutch Government Institute Publishes Guidance on How to Help Keep Hazardous Substances Out of Recycling Streams
The guidance provides a decision tree for waste managers to determine if a material is safe to recycle.

French Senator Calls for New Commission to Address Plastic Waste Management Problems
The lawmaker says current public and private initiatives to address the problems are insufficient.


The Bulletin

17 October 2018:

Statistics and Trends:
French Government Launches National Public Information Campaign to Encourage Recycling
NSW EPA Makes Available $1.6 Million for Food Waste Prevention Grants
Quebec Environmental Ministry Provides about $348,000 in Funding to Recycle Old Buildings
Buenos Aires Train Passengers Separated 3 Tons of Recyclables in Six Months
Six More Organizations Join Czech Government Campaign to Voluntarily Reduce Disposable Plastics
Swedish EPA Says National Survey Data Shows Consumers Want More Sustainable Textiles
First World Ecolabel Day Announced

Business Initiatives:
INCPEN Announces Support for UK's On-Pack Recycling Label
Australian Waste Management Association Cites Concerns with New Recycling Label


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