State Recycling Laws Update

26 June 2014:

Rhode Island General Assembly Passes Food Waste Diversion Bill
Large generators will need to send waste to composting or aerobic digestion facilities.

Illinois Bans Plastic Microbeads in Personal Care Products
The ban begins phasing in on January 1, 2018.

California DTSC Releases Draft Regulatory Concepts for First Three Priority Products
Regulations will be finalized later this year.

Rhode Island Resolution Extends State Surveillance of Pharmaceutical Waste in Water Supplies
The resolution calls for updating information contained in a 2013 report.

Toronto Launches Initial Public Consultation on a New Waste Management Strategy
The new strategy follows failed attempt to divert 70% of municipal solid waste by 2010.

Portland, Maine Places Fee on Single Use Bags, Bans Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging
The bag fee takes effect on April 1, 2015.

Recycling Laws International

11 July 2014:

Product Categories for Possible New EPR Programs Identified in Irish Government Report
The categories were included in a performance review of existing Irish EPR programs.

French Senate Resolution Calls for Changes to Proposed EU Plastic Bag Regulations
Among the changes is reducing the minimum thickness for reusable plastic bags.

Switzerland Begins Revision of National Waste Management Law
Bio-waste and construction and demolition waste would be newly covered streams.

France Launches Public Consultation on Updated WEEE Compliance Organization Requirements
Ministry says proposed changes will help France meet recast EU WEEE Directive targets.

Danish Government Rescinds Scheduled Ban on Four Common Phthalates
The start of the problematic ban had already been delayed.

The Bulletin

9 July 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
Australia To Consider Five Product Categories for Stewardship Arrangements
Norway Sets Packaging Waste Recovery Targets for FY 2014-15
Wisconsin DNR Publishes Guidance on Processed CRT Glass Disposal Requirements
California DOJ Arrests Two Men on Container Deposit Redemption Fraud Charges

Statistics And Trends:
France Battery Recycling Rate Increased to 38.5% in 2013
Zero Waste Scotland Announces Three New Litter Prevention Funds
DEQ Report Estimates Virginia Has 21.9 Years of Available MSW Landfill Capacity
Delaware Offers $500,000 in Grants to Support Universal Recycling
Austin, Texas Begins Trash Can-to-Recycling Container Conversion Pilot

Business Initiatives:
Australian Packaging Covenant Provides $1.5 Million for Glass Bottle Recycling Plant
Bank of Brazil to Provide R$ 120,000 to Support Street Scavenger Recycling
Research Planned on Effects of UK Budget Cuts on Waste Services

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