State Recycling Laws Update
20 May 2013:
Connecticut Legislature Approves Extended Producer Responsibility Law For Mattresses
The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection becomes responsible for implementing the new law.
Maryland Governor Signs Law To Regulate Composting Facilities
Maryland Department of the Environment is required to promulgate needed rules.
Alabama Legislature Approves Waste Pharmaceuticals Collection Bill
Pharmacies will now be permitted to collect unused and expired drugs for disposal.
Santa Fe, New Mexico To Consider Single-Use Bag Ordinance
Proposed ordinance based on law adopted in Seattle.
Minnesota Ban on Formaldehyde In Children's Products Signed Into Law
Manufacturers must comply with the law beginning on August 1, 2014.
California Updates Priority Chemicals List For Biomonitoring Program
Program results will be available in a third data summary report, probably available in 2014.
Recycling Laws International
21 May 2013:
European Commission Announces 2013 Grants Available For Eco-Innovation Projects
EUR 31.5 million available with priority given to proposals from small and medium size enterprises.
Government of Western Australia Planning Mattress Recycling Scheme
Government opens calls for "expressions of interest" to implement a 24-month pilot program.
Key Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Sustainability Seal For Amazon-Made Products
To receive the seal, products and their packaging will need to be reusable or recyclable, and meet other criteria.
Sao Paolo Government Signs Voluntary Automotive Oil Filter Stewardship Agreement
Plan sets a 2014 target to collect 830,000 pounds of waste filters.
Bill To Expand Hong Kong Plastic Bag Tax Published
Bill's introduced follows announcement of forthcoming legislation last week.
22 May 2013:
Government and Regulatory:
California OEHHA Publishes First Draft Health Protection Standards For Biomethane
Brazilian Product Stewardship Plan For Pharmaceuticals To Be Unveiled In July
Laredo The Latest Texas Municipality To Consider Adopting A Plastic Bag Ordinance
Statistics And Trends:
Tasmania Opens Its First E-Waste Recycling Plant
Australia Generated More Than 6.4 Million Tons Of Hazardous Waste In 2011
Minnesota PCA Study Finds Pharmaceuticals And Endocrine Disruptors Common In State Waters
Ecovidrio Launches Spanish Glass Bottle Recycling Pilot With Hospitality Sector
Sims Recycling Solutions Expands Operations To Include Mobile Electronics Refurbishment
Waste Sweden Calls For Modifying Possible EU Plastic Waste Policy
Industry-Funded Study Finds All Canadian Residents Now Have Access To PET Bottle Recycling
The Green Perspective:
FoE Europe Launches Online Campaign For Stronger Recycling And Waste Prevention
NGO Converts 500 Tons Of Local Restaurant Food Waste Into Compost For Farmers
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