State Recycling Laws Update

31 July 2014:

US Senate Bill Would Ban Bisphenol A in Food Packaging Nationwide
The proposed law would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Bill to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics Introduced in US House of Representatives
Proposed national legislation follows law enacted in Illinois.

District of Columbia Bans Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging
The ban takes effect on January 1, 2016.

Honolulu City Council Amends Single-Use Bag Ordinance
Biodegradable plastic bags are added to upcoming ban.

US EPA Opens Consultation on Proposed New Design for Environment Label
The public is invited to comment on four successor label prototypes.

CalRecycle Decides to Keep Recycling Fees on Screened Electronic Products Unchanged
Recycling fee revenue projected at $54,379,000 for FY 2014/15.

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

30 July 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
Low 2014 California Thermostat Recycling May Force More Regulatory Action
Delays in Two Upcoming Stewardship Plans Announced in Ontario
Napa City, California Moves to Ban Single-Use Bags
Maui County, Hawaii Considers Polystyrene Foam Ban and Zero Waste Commitment

Statistics And Trends:
Nebraska Awards Nearly $4.3 Million in Recycling Grants
Michigan DEQ Awards Another $250,000 in Recycling Grants
Hong Kong Glass Bottle Recycling Network Reaches 600 Collection Locations Milestone
Brazilian Environmental Ministry Launches Solid Waste Management Best Practices Tool
UK Single-Use Plastic Carrier Bag Consumption Increased in 2013
Chilean Environmental Minister Asks Public to Engage on Pending EPR Bill

Business Initiatives:
US Paper Industry Claims Continual 63% or Greater Recycling Rate

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