State Recycling Laws Update

June 10, 2024:

Bill to Establish Producer Responsibility Scheme for Beverage Containers Introduced in Rhode Island General Assembly
The bill appears more focused on beverage container EPR than on a traditional container deposit scheme.

Colorado Joint Budget Committee Approves Moving Forward with Developing Packaging and Printed Paper EPR Plan
The decision moves forward regulatory development of a bill approved by the Colorado General Assembly in 2022.

Colorado Governor Signs 'Circular Economy' Bill into Law
The bill revamps several existing waste and recycling programs.

New York City Lawmakers Want to Stop Households from Putting Trash in Public Waste Receptacles
Surveillance cameras would be used to capture violations.

Minimum Volume Requirements for Waste Dumpsters Proposed in New York City Council
Residential buildings with a 100 units or more would be subject to the proposed ordinance.

New York State Senator Calls for Establishing an Official Symbol for Compostable Products
The symbol would be developed by the Department of Eonvironmental Conservation after the bill's passage.

New Jersey Senators Sponsor Bill to Require Recycling of Solar and Photovoltaic Systems
The Department of Environmental Protection would prepare regulations to implement the law.

Rhode Island Senate Approves Delay to Ban on PFAS in Food Packaging
The six-month delay would provide food packaging producers more time to prepare for the ban.

Recycling Laws International

June 17, 2024:

United Kingdom Government Announces Two-Year Delay in Launch of Beverage Container Deposit Return Scheme
Removing glass bottles from the scheme was also proposed.

To Reduce Plastic Waste, Bill in Brazilian Camara Would Authorize Refilling Containers of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
Issues regarding hygiene and proper labelling would need to be addressed.

National Electronics Recycling Program Proposed in Philippine Senate
Covered electronic devices would include computers, monitors and possibly other devices to be identified later by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Paper and Cardboard Recycling Measures Included in Chilean Government Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The plan includes 65 actions in five energy and environment areas focused on the health care sector.

UK Government Launches Public Consultation on Adding Waste Incineration to Emissions Trading Scheme
"Chemical recycling" of plastic waste would be exempt from the proposed expansion.

Hong Kong EPD Launches Voluntary Charter to Increase Recycling at Private Residential Buildings
Participation in the charter is being incentivized by free volume-based waste charging bags.

The Bulletin

January 2024:

Regulatory Developments:

  • Brazilian Government Launches Consultation on Legal Requirements for Packaging Reverse Logistics Organizations
  • European Chemicals Agency Report Recommends Taking Regulatory Action on PVC
  • British Columbia Government "Adjusts" Start of Ban on Some Single-Use Plastic Items

Statistics and Trends:

  • Packaging Waste Generation Up, Recycling Down in Ireland in 2021
  • European Industry Association Claims the 2025 EU Steel Packaging Recycling Target Has Already Been Met
  • United Kingdom Government Announces Appointment of Administraor for New Packaging EPR Scheme
  • Deposit Refunds on California Wine and Liquor Containers Take Effect
  • Lithuanians Now Have an Option to Call for Free Home E-waste Collection
  • Plastics Recyclers Europe Publishes "Manifesto" for Achieving Plastics Circularity

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