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State Recycling Laws Update

26 August 2014:

Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Statewide Rejected by California Assembly
The measure fell four votes short of approval.

District of Columbia Bill Would Establish Paint Stewardship in Nation's Capital
Producers would need to submit stewardship plans by April 1, 2016.

New California Law Supports ISRI's Recyclable Metals Theft Alert System
California recyclers will need to request registration for receiving alerts.

Denver City Council Still Working on Disposable Bag Fee Ordinance
The current bill version limits the fee only to food stores.

Washington Department of Ecology Launches Consultation on PCBs Action Plan
Much of the five-year plan focuses on additional information gathering and monitoring.


Recycling Laws International

15 August 2014:

Environmental Ministry Recommends Changes to Administration of New Zealand's Landfill Tax
Landfill disposal has not decreased since 2011, so the tax application may be broadened.

Chilean Camara Close to Approving National EPR Law
Nine product categories, including electronics, batteries, packaging and pharmaceuticals, are given priority status.

New Attempt to Ban Single-Use Bags Introduced in Philippine Senate
The new bill is an modified version of failed earlier legislation.

UK Launches Consultation on Transposing Revised EU Batteries Directive
Two types of batteries will be added to the existing banned listed.

European Commission Opens Consultation on Nanomaterials Health Risks Guidance
The guidance focuses on nanomaterials in medical devices.


The Bulletin

20 August 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
Swedish Government Takes Action on Plastic Products Containing Prohibited Additives
European Commission Launches Consultation on International Mercury Restrictions Treaty

Statistics and Trends:
Austin, Texas Launches Unwanted Materials Marketplace
Michigan Awards $2.5 Million in Scrap Tire Reuse Grants
Arkansas DEQ Accepting Applications for E-Waste Recycling Grants
Austria Glass Recycling Up 300 Tons During First Half of 2014
Tel Aviv Leads Israeli Municipalities in Waste Generation
Plastic Debris Most Common Item Found During Spanish Beach Clean Ups
German Agency Promotes 100% Recycled Paper for Upcoming School Year

Business Initiatives:
British Plastics Federation Publishes 2014 Recycling Manifesto
UK Industry Supports Higher Lamp Recycling Targets Claims Recolight

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