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State Recycling Laws Update

20 July 2015:

Delaware House Bill Proposes Revising Current Plastic Bag Recycling Law
New five-cent fee would be placed on each plastic and paper single-use carryout bag distributed.

Second Bill to Place a Fee on Plastic Bags Introduced in Pennsylvania General Assembly
The collected fees would support recycling efforts by retailers and the state.

New Brunswick Government Consults on Draft E-Waste Regulations
Product stewardship is being considered for 12 categories of electronic products.

Oregon DEQ Announces New Waste Fees Rulemaking
Tipping fees will increase for the first time in more than 20 years.

Oregon State Legislature Authorizes Establishment of New Priority Chemicals List
The list will apply only to substances in children's products.

Wisconsin Is the Latest State to Ban Microplastic Beads
The first ban begins December 31, 2017 with manufacture of personal care products containing the material.

California State Legislature Close to Approving Ban on Microplastic Beads
Approval is possible as early as next month.

Michigan Bill Would Increase Fines for Some Solid Waste Violations
Fine amounts would more than double.


Recycling Laws International

27 July 2015:

Defra Publishes Single Use Carrier Bag Charges Order and Policy Paper
English retailers with 250 or more employees must charge for their bags starting in October.

Danish EPA Launches Consultation on Draft Changes to Beverage Container Deposit Regulations
Several of the changes would benefit the Dansk Retursystem compliance scheme.

New Zealand Government Announces National In-Store Plastics Recycling Initiative
Grants totaling $1.2 million allocated to launch trial program.

Waste Electronics and Batteries EPR Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara
The proposed law would augment the National Policy on Solid Waste of 2010.

Australian Environmental Ministers Endorse Stewardship of Waste Paint and Batteries
Fifteen percent national e-waste recycling target increase welcomed.

South Australia Consults on Draft Bill to Update State Litter and Illegal Dumping Laws
The proposed penalties for violators would be the toughest in the Commonwealth.


The Bulletin

29 July 2015:

Government and Regulatory:
Brazilian Environmental Ministry Approves and Funds Latest State Solid Waste Plan
Danish EPA Orders Market Removal of Nail Glue Containing Carcinogen

Statistics and Trends:
Nebraska DEQ Awards $2.26 Million in Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants
CEC Making C$1.3 Million in Grants to North America Community Groups
City of Austin, Texas Seeks Ideas to Boost Recycling Rate
New South Wales EPA Says Organic Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants Available
Survey Finds Belgians Prefer Curbside Beverage Container Recycling Over a Deposit Scheme
Latvian Environmental Minister Concerned about Low National Recycling Rate

Business and Industry Initiatives:
Major UK Retailer Launches Instant WEEE Trade-In Policy
Recylum Launches Waste Lighting Collection at Industrial Work Sites
Packaging Consortium Releases Life Cycle Analysis of Single-Serve Coffee Systems
Embaquim Launches Bag-in-Box Packaging Made with Renewable Source Plastic

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