State Recycling Laws Update

10 June 2018:

Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly Approves Act Phasing In a Ban on Plastic Bags
Corporations that violate the Act would be fined up to $10,000.

Vancouver City Council Approves Measure Banning Plastic Straws and Polystyrene Foam Carryout Food Containers
The bans are part of a larger single-use reduction strategy approved by the city council.

Ban on Plastic Straws and Beverage Stirrers Proposed in New York State Legislature
Violations could produce fines after a 12-month outreach and education period.

Bill Introduced in New Jersey Legislation Would Phase-Out Use of Non-Compostable Plastic Bags
Retailers also would submit reports to the state on their efforts to reduce non-compostable plastic bag distribution

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Are Considering Ordinance to Ban Plastic Straws and other Food Service Ware Accessories
The bill also authorizes minimum recycled content requirements for food service ware.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities Approves Resolution Calling for National Strategy on Marine Litter
Among the seven elements in the proposed strategy are reducing plastic packaging and setting targets to reduce plastic waste in the ocean.

Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Issues Request for Proposals to Manage the City's Future Solid Waste
The city generates about 3,500 tons of residual solid waste per day.

Recycling Laws International

15 June 2018:

Improved Waste Management a Key Element in New Environmental Strategy for London
The strategy calls for no recyclable or biodegradable waste being sent to landfills by 2026.

Circular Economy Initiatives Are Part of a New Finnish Environmental Strategy
One initiative would create a national marketplace for wastes and production sidestreams.

Reduction of Plastic Packaging is Goal of Bill Introduced in UK Parliament
The bill would set annual plastic packaging production and sales targets and create a responsible body - the Plastics Agency.

Bill Introduced in Chilean Camara Calls for Prohibiting Plastic Containers and Packaging
Only reusable, recyclable or biodegradable containers and packaging would be permitted.

Two Bills Introduced in Brazilian Camara Would Reduce the Use of Plastics to Reduce Pollution
One bill seeks to ban the use of all plastics in all single-use products beginning in 2030.

Resolution Introduced in French National Assembly Would Ban Plastic Straws
The proposed ban would take effect on January 1, 2020.

The Bulletin

20 June 2018:

Regulatory Issues:
Government-Industry Negotiations Begin on Second Phase of Brazilian Packaging EPR Scheme
Bill Introduced in Sao Paolo Municipal Camara Would Ban Plastic Straws

Statistics and Trends:
Australian FY2017 E-Waste Recycling Targets Met Says Product Stewardship Organization
Waste Agency of Catalonia Offering €2 Million in Subsidies for Organic Waste Management Activities
Dutch Company Announces City Selected for Recycled "Plastic Road" Trial
Oko-Institut Turns to Crowdfunding to Continue Consumer Eco-Information Platform
New Online Application Said to Improve Packaging Ecodesign in Less Than 15 Minutes

Business Initiatives:
Nespresso Canada and Canada Post Collaborate on Used Coffee Capsule Recycling Scheme
Hospital Plastics Recycling Council Is Optimistic about the Future of Plastic Recycling
Better Waste Recovery Systems Needed to Help Prevent Marine Debris Says US Plastics Industry Association

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