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State Recycling Laws Update

19 April 2018:

Wisconsin and Georgia Legislatures Approve Bills Supporting Pyrolysis of Waste Plastics
The two states join Florida, which enacted the first such legislation last year.

Long Beach Is Latest California Municipality to Ban Polystyrene Foam Carryout Food Packaging
The same new ordinance will ban the sale of polystyrene craft beads and coolers late next year.

Recycle British Columbia Opens Consultation on Revised Draft Packaging and Paper EPR Plan
Recovery targets for specific materials are planned for 2020.

Arizona State Legislature Approves Bill Addressing Disposal of Consumer Medical Sharps and Drugs
The measure will establish a public-private partnership overseen by the Department of Health.

Michigan Senator Proposes Changes to Law Addressing Landfill Tip Fees and How They Are Used
The bill would replace the Solid Waste Management Fund with a successor having new expenditure directions.

Vermont House Approves Bill Requiring Registration of Household Hazardous Waste Products
The bill is now being considered in the Senate.

Repeal of Ban on Waste Glass as Landfill Cover Proposed in Rhode Island General Assembly
Other specified types of waste would remained banned for cover use.

New York City Government Study Finds Waste Generation Down But Recyclable Materials Still Being Disposed
E-waste disposal also down because of a recently approved statewide disposal ban.


Recycling Laws International

11 April 2018:

Swedish Chemicals Agency Wants to Restrict Microplastics in More Products
The agency said it will advocate for the restrictions at the European Union level.

European Chemicals Agency Considering New Microplastics Restrictions
A call for evidence was launched to gather stakeholder input.

UK Government Releases Working Group Report in Support of a Container Deposit Return Scheme
The report also suggests the deposit return scheme be managed alongside a reformed packaging waste producer responsibility system.

Requested Report on the Future of French Extended Producer Responsibility Delivered to Ministry of Ecology
The report contains 38 proposals including establishing EPR for five new product sectors.

Brazilian Camara Bill Would Establish Seal for Environmentally Friendly Companies
The proposed seal would be awarded for two year periods by Sisnama.

Kenyan Government and Producers Agree to PET Bottle Buy Back Scheme
The scheme will be modeled after one being implemented successfully in South Africa.


The Bulletin

11 April 2018:

Regulatory Issues:
Fourth South Carolina Local Government Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Statistics and Trends:
French E-Waste Collections Up 3.2% in 2017
E-Waste Collections Declined in Alberta, Canada for Second Consecutive Year
Indiana Department of Environmental Management Announces Availability of Recycling Grants
Hong Kong EPD Seeking Paper Recycling Company for Its EcoPark
Danish EPA Report Outlines the Circular Economy Business Models of Eight Companies
Norwegian Government Reports Examines Microplastic Particles in Road Dust
New RECYC-QUEBEC Smart Phone Apps Conveniently Provides Consumers with Waste Sorting and Recycling Information

Business Initiatives:
Nestle Sets Goal for All Its Packaging to Be 100% Recyclable or Reusable
British Plastics Federation Announces Support for Proposed UK Container Deposit Return Scheme


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