State Recycling Laws Update

14 May 2018:

New York Governor Proposes Legislation to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Statewide
The proposed ban would take effect on January 1, 2019.

Proposed New York City Ordinance Would Ban Sales of Some Beverages in Single-Use Bottles
The restrictions would apply only to beverage sales at beaches and parks.

Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives Calls for Study of Waste Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Drinking Water
The study would be conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio General Assembly Takes Up Bill to Prohibit Local Auxiliary Containers Ordinances
Ohio joins six other states that have considered or are considering such legislation this year.

Michigan Lawmakers Seek Repeal of State Law Prohibiting Local Auxiliary Container Restrictions
Their bill would repeal a law enacted only two years ago.

Hawaii State Legislature Approves Bill Providing Grants for Composting Pilot Projects in Schools
The bill also would authorize formation of an official school food composting working group.

Colorado Approves Law Authorizing Recycling of Marijuana Fibrous Waste
The new law will take effect on January 1, 2019.

Connecticut Senate Approves Bill to Establish Microfiber Pollution Working Group
The group would make recommendations for a consumer awareness and education program to reduce microfiber pollution from textiles.

Recycling Laws International

18 May 2018:

Australian Environmental Ministers Endorse 2025 Target for 100% Recyclable/Reusable Packaging
China's recent restrictions on waste imports cited as a reason for the new target.

European Parliament Report Calls for Extending Ecodesign Directive to Cover Product Durability, Reparability, Recyclability and Other Sustainability Issues
Rapporteur wants the directive to broaden beyond product energy efficiency.

Plastic Waste Bill Introduced in United Kingdom Parliament
The bill follows a public consultation by the UK Government on a possible single-use plastics tax.

Key Chilean Senate Committee Advances Bill Prohibiting Distribution of Single-Use Plastic Bags
The committee decision allows the bill to be voted on by the full Senate.

Reducing Food Waste Is Focus of Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara
Supermarkets and food producers would be required to donate safe but no longer marketable food.

The Bulletin

16 May 2018:

Regulatory Issues:
Israel Allocates 4 Billion NIS to Implement New Waste Management Strategy
Chilean Environmental Minister Says a Bill to Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Nationally Is Being Prepared
Northern Ireland Approves Regulation Banning Plastic Microbeads in Personal Care Products

Statistics and Trends:
US Paper Recovery Rate Declined 1.4% Last Year
French Waste Lamp Recycling Increased 5% in 2017
French Environment Agency Launches Online Tools to Recycle More Construction & Demolition Waste
Canadian Environmental Ministers Seek Study of Plastics Management in a Circular Economy

Business Initiatives:
US Plastics Producers Set Goal to Recycle, Recover or Reuse All Plastic Packaging by 2040
UK Waste Resources Action Programme Launches Plastics Pact for Businesses
Irish Restaurants Association Said It Supports Banning Plastic Straws

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