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State Recycling Laws Update

6 August 2018:

US House of Representatives Approves Amended Marine Plastic Debris Bill
Among other provisions, the bill allocates $50 million to help clean up marine plastic debris over the next five fiscal years.

Massachusetts Senate Approves Resolution That Could Help Prevent Premature E-Waste
The resolution supports the right to repair electronics by independent repair shops and product owners.

Third Florida Gulf Coast Municipality Votes to Ban Plastic Straws
The municipality is concerned that marine plastic waste presents a threat to its local ecosystem.

Toronto City Council Calls for Policy to Reduce Single-Use Plastics
An approved council motion directs the General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services to take several actions.

Los Angeles Board of Public Works to Vote on Proposed $3 Million Food Waste Pilot Program
Residents would segregate food scraps in their kitchens and add them to their green yard waste bins.

Latest EPA Data Shows Overall US Recycling Rate Improved Only Marginally in 2015
Generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) increased 3.5 million tons in 2015.


Recycling Laws International

13 August 2018:

Resolution Introduced in French National Assembly Calls for Transitioning from Plastic Beverage Bottles to Reusable Glass
Plastic bottle producers would pay into a special government-managed fund to support the transition.

Norwegian Environment Agency Is Directed to Prepare Disposable Plastics Reduction Recommendations
The agency will submit a preliminary assessment of possible actions by the end of this year.

Australian Government Releases Updated Marine Plastic Debris Plan
The primary goal of the plan is to protect Australian ocean and coastal wildlife.

Taiwan EPA Raises Environmental Fee on PVC Packaging by 470%
The agency said most PVC packaging is incinerated instead of being recycled.

Another Bill Introduced in the Philippine House Seeks to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags
The same bill would ban the sale of products containing microplastic beads and add restrictions on other plastic items and packaging.

Bill to Impose Fees for Disposable Plastic Straws Introduced in Philippine Senate
The fees would apply both to drink packaging with attached straws and straws provided optionally by food and drink establishments.


The Bulletin

15 August 2018:

Regulatory Developments:
UK Environment Agency Concerned about Plastic from E-Waste Being Used in Equestrian Track Surfaces
Chilean Environmental Ministry Reminds Producers to Declare Priorty Products As Required by EPR Law

Statistics and Trends:
Norwegian Household Waste Generation Down Slightly in 2017, Materials Recovery Up Slightly
California Managed 485,475 Tons of Scrap Tires Last Year
French Recycling Compliance Organization Collected 223,000 Tons of Textiles and Shoes in 2017
Nevada Reports a 21% MSW Recycling Rate for 2017
New South Wales Government Links Reduction in Litter to Recently Launched Container Deposit Scheme
Oregon DEQ Offering $500,000 in Waste Prevention and Recycling Grants

Business Initiatives:
Industry-Supported Public Education Campaign Increases Plastic Film Collection in Hartford Supermarkets
Walmart Canada to Construct Zero Waste Food Distribution Facility in British Columbia


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