State Recycling Laws Update

14 August 2019:

New Jersey Governor Signs Law Establishing a State Solar Panel Recycling Committee
The committee will study photovoltaic waste and may make legislative or regulatory recommendations.

San Francisco International Airport Announces Ban on Water Sold in Disposable Plastic Bottles
The ban will take effect on August 20.

Bill Introduced in US Congress Would Authorize EPA to Provide Zero Waste Grants
The bill would appropriate $250 million in grant funding over eight years starting in FY2020.

Food Labeling Bills Introduced in US Congress Likely Would Reduce Food Waste
Food packagers would voluntarily apply two types of standardized dates on their labeling.

Chicago City Council Takes Up Bill to Ban Disposable Plastic Food Service Ware
Food service businesses would be asked to "apply their collective buying power to increase the availability of competitively priced recyclable and compostable service ware."

Madison, Wisconsin City Council Considering Banning the Use of Plastic Straws
Wisconsin is one of a handful of states that have enacted laws the protecting the distribution of "auxiliary containers."

City of Austin Prepares to Hire Contractor for Expanding Organic Waste Composting Program
The curbside collection program scheduled to expand again next month and next year.

Waste Tire Recycling Resolution to Be Introduced in Honolulu City Council Meeting
Locally-generated recycled tire material would be used for road paving projects.

Recycling Laws International

22 August 2019:

New Zealand Government Launches Public Consultation on Product Stewardship Priority Products
Mandatory stewardship has been proposed for six categories of products.

Australian Environmental Ministers Directed to Develop Timeline to Reduce Exports of Plastic Waste and Other Wastes
The decision was made as Asian countries have banned or restricted waste imports from Australia and other countries.

Ban on All Single-Use Plastics Proposed in Philippine House of Representatives
Government incentives and tax rebates would facilitate the transition to use of alternative materials.

Bill to Transition from Single-Use Plastics to Biodegradable Substitutes Introduced in Argentinian Camara
The bill targets disposable packaging.

Brazilian Supermarkets Would Be Required to Collect Waste Packaging under Camara Bill
The sponsor of the bills says only 13% of municipal solid waste is being recycled.

Brazilian Camara Bill Would Restrict Locations of Solid Waste Incinerators
Such incinerators would need to be at least one kilometer away from any residential areas.

The Bulletin

21 August 2019:


  • Florida Appeals Court Overturns Coral Gables Ban on Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging and Products
  • County in Washington State Approves Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags


  • Per Capita Solid Waste Generation Decreased in Sweden in 2018
  • Government of Victoria Awards $4.7 Million in Recycling Infrastructure Grants
  • UK WEEE Fund Allocates £3.5 Million to Boost Small Device Collections
  • Hong Kong EPD Awards Contract for Large Scale Food Waste Processing Facility
  • New York City Reaches 100,000-Unit E-Waste Curbside Collection Milestone
  • RecycleBC Collects 1 Million Tons of Waste Packaging and Paper
  • German Environment Agency Calls for Use of "Substitution Rates" to Better Benchmark Recycling Effectiveness

Business Initiatives:

  • US Industry Association Provides Another Grant to Establish a Polystyrene Foam Recycling Program

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