State Recycling Laws Update

19 March 2018:

Baltimore City Council Bans Polystyrene Disposable Foam Food Service Ware
The new law takes effect in 90 days.

Providence City Council Approves Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags
The ordinance will take effect in one year.

Oklahoma Senate Approves Bill to Prohibit Local "Auxiliary Container" Ordinances
The House of Representatives is reviewing the proposal.

Minnesota Becomes Latest State to Consider Legislation Preventing Local "Auxiliary Container" Ordinances
If approved, the law would take immediate effect.

Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Bill to Set Minimum Recycled Content Level for Plastic Beverage Containers
The bill authorizes the Connecticut Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to adopt needed regulations.

New Hawaii House Resolution Calls for Study of Plastic Caps Recycling
Study findings would be submitted to the state legislature prior to its 2019 session.

Bill to Require Glass Container Recycling Introduced in Pennsylvania General Assembly
The bill would amend the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act.

Beverage Container Deposit Handling Fee Increase Proposed in Connecticut General Assembly
The proposed handling fee also would be standardized for all covered beverages.

New York City Proposal Would Require Food Waste Separation by Targeted Food Businesses to Help Reduce the City's Rat Population
The bill is the latest in a series of waste-related proposals to help control rodents.

Honolulu City Council Seeks to Develop On-Island Recycling Facilities
The facilities would be constructed, owned, and operated by private entities.

Hawaii Senate Approves Used Motor Oil Recycling Bill
The bill is being considered in the House of Representatives.

California Lawmaker Proposes Ban on Flame Retardants in Bedding, Juvenile Products and Upholstered Furniture
The ban would apply to all flame retardants instead of specific substances.

California Bill Could Strengthen Legislature's Role in Addressing Hazardous Substances in Consumer Products
The bill calls for a new process for lawmakers to make requests to investigate such hazardous substances.

Recycling Laws International

21 March 2018:

Australian Government Launches Initial Public Consultation on Broad National Product Stewardship Plan
Comments sought on a draft work plan and a proposed assessment|action|escalation process.

United Kingdom Government Launches Call for Evidence on Possible Single-Use Plastics Tax
Stakeholders are asked to respond to 18 consultation questions.

Spanish Ministries Publish Business-Oriented National Strategy for a Circular Economy
The strategy contains 70 measures to be implemented through 2020.

Bill Introduced in Brazilian Senado Seeks to Broaden Use of Extended Producer Responsibility
The author of the bill says too much recyclable waste continues to be disposed in landfills.

Each Larger Brazilian City Would Have At Least One Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Facility under Brazilian Senado Bill
The requirement would apply to cities with 300,000 or more residents.

Hong Kong Government Publishes Official Notices to Implement Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for E-Waste
Suppliers and sellers of covered products may submit registration applications beginning on May 4.

The Bulletin

28 February 2018:

Regulatory Issues:
New South Wales Launches Illegal Dumping Prevention Strategy for 2017-2021
Swedish Agency Takes Action against Makers of Consumer Products Containing Hazardous Substances

Statistics and Trends:
US Recovery of Plastic Film and Plastic Bags Increased in 2016
Welsh Government to Provide Another £7.5 Million for Local Recycling Efforts
Danish Environmental Ministry Publishes Findings from "Urban Mining" Demonstration Project
French Government Agency Publishes Guide for Required Community Level Waste Reduction Programs
German Federal Environment Agency Seeks "Citizen Scientists" for National Litter Study

Business Initiatives:
Solid Waste Association of North America Creates Recycling Task Force
Industry Coalition Awards Another Grant to Increase North American EPS Recycling Capacity

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