State Recycling Laws Update

27 March 2017:

Bill Restricting Biodegradable Plastics Marketing Claims Clears Maryland House of Delegates
A public hearing in the Senate is scheduled for April 4.

Latest Plastic Bag Bill in New York State Legislature Would Require Reusable Bag Certification
The same bill bans single-use plastic bags but allows compostable plastic bags under certain conditions.

Utah Governor Signs Extension of Mercury Switch Removal Act into Law
The Act will continue another 10 years.

Arizona State Legislature about to Approve Extension of Tire Recycling Fee
The Senate will vote on an eight-year extension this week.

Measure to Require Recycling in State Buildings and Facilities Approved by Hawaii House of Representatives
The measure is making progress in the Senate.

New Mexico Legislature Approves Creation of Advisory Committee to Address Litter
New advisory committee replaces a long-standing litter control council.

Bills Introduced in Rhode Island Would Prohibit Specified Chemicals in Children's Products
If approved, product sale bans would take effect on January 1, 2018.

Maine Lawmakers Call for Disclosure of Phthalates and EDCs in Food, Beverages and Packaging
Large food and drink manufacturers and distributors would need to provide written information to the state.

Some Chemicals Would Be Banned in Personal Care Products under New York City Council Bill
The proposed ban applies to product sales.

Recycling Laws International

23 March 2017:

UK House of Commons Committee to Investigate Environmental Damage from Disposable Beverage Packaging
The committee is concerned that plastic packaging rates are stagnating, not increasing.

Government of Hong Kong Says Waste Charging Scheme Will Launch as Early as 2019
The scheme will include "two charging modes" depending on who hauls the waste.

Full European Parliament Approves 70% Waste Recycling/Reuse Target for the EU for 2030
The Parliament also agreed that no more than 5% of waste should be disposed in landfills.

Welsh Government Announces New Circular Economy Fund
However, the fund will not launch until 2019.

Philippine Senate Resolution Calls for Examination of Marine Plastic Waste
A Senate inquiry could lead to draft legislation.

Preferential Use of Road Pavement Containing Scrap Tire Rubber Outlined in Brazilian Camara Bill
Government solicitors would give the material preferential treatment in roadway construction and repaving bidding.

European Chemicals Agency Adds 22 Substances to List of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation
The additions bring the total list of chemicals to be evaluated over three years to 115.

The Bulletin

22 March 2017:

Regulatory Developments:
Pennsylvania DEP Denies Variance for CRT Glass Recycler
Irish Government Launches Charter to Reduce Food Waste by 50% by 2030
Swedish EPA Supports Ban on Microplastic Beads in Cosmetic Products

Statistics and Trends:
Spanish Glass Bottle Recycling Up 4% in 2016
Indiana DEM Makes $1 Million Available in Recycling Market Development Grants
First Fully Automated Waste Sorting Center Opens in Denmark
Mexico and Chile to Cooperate on Mutual Community Waste Management Projects
Portland, Oregon Launches Training Program for Salvaging Materials from Deconstruction Projects
French Environmental Ministry Awards Funding to 12 Energy-from-Biomass Project Proposals

Business Initiatives:
Industry Group Seeks MRF to Partner on Flexible Plastic Packaging Recycling Pilot

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