16 May 2018:
A quick scan of recent waste, recycling and related environmental developments from around the globe...
Last week, the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection announced 4 billion NIS is being allocated to support a new waste strategy to reduce landfill disposal and boost recycling through 2030. The strategy calls for building more waste sorting and treatment facilities around the country and the introduction of "regional waste treatment to the waste market, which will make it more efficient."
"The waste market will change over the next three years, when advanced sorting facilities will be established and burying waste in landfills before sorting and recycling will come to an end," said Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin.
With the announcement MEP issued four calls for proposals to 1) construct and update waste sorting facilities, 2) develop new markets for recycled tire materials, 3) estabilsh glass sorting facilities, and 4) provide subsidies for the waste sorting process. Additional calls for proposals will be announced in the future, according to MEP.
Chile will soon ban single-use plastic bags nationally the Minister of Environment announced on April 27. While 55 local governments have banned or restricted the distribution of single-use plastic (polyethylene and polypropylene) bags, the nationally the use of other types of carryout bags only is encouraged.
"Chile can not continue to delay developing legislation that prohibits the delivery of plastic bags," said Minister Marcela Cubillos. "We have to address the environmental damage to the country and not only in the coastal communities."
According to the Ministry of Environment, the average Chilean consumer uses about 200 single-use plastic bags annually and at least 90% of the bags are disposed in landfills and problematic destinations.
The Chilean Ministry of Environment announcement is posted at
The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs announced last week that Northern Ireland will join England, Scotland and Wales in banning the use of plastic microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products beginning in September. The ban is authorized by the the Environmental Protection (Microbeads) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018.
While the new regulation legally bans the manufacture and sale of the aforementioned products, a 2016 government survey of Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association members found that the members voluntarily "stopped manufacturing rinse-off cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads ahead of the ban in England commencing on 9 January 2018. The companies either have no stocks remaining or were confident that stocks would be exhausted by July 2018."
You may download the new Northern Ireland regulation at
The US paper recovery rate fell to 65.7% in 2017, according to an announcement earlier this month the the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). Last year, the AF&PA reported the paper recovery rate for 2016 hit a record 67.2%.
The AF&PA announcement did not offer an explanation for the drop in 2017, but the association said it maintains its goal to "to exceed 70 percent paper recovery for recycling by 2020."
The AF&PA announcement is posted at
Recylum, the French lighting recycling compliance organization, reported last month that in 2017 nearly 50 million lamps were collected and recycled in 2017, a 5% increase from 2016.
According to Recylum, consumers were responsible for the increase. The amount of waste fluorescent and other energy-efficient types of lamps turned into collection centers by consumers rose 8.5% in 2017, and collections at participating retail stores increased nearly 10%.
Conversely, collections by professional distributors, electrical installers, waste collectors and other professional channels were described by Recylum as "stagnating" with flourescent tube lamp collections down by 4% in 2017.
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Last week, the French Environment & Energy Management Agency announced the availability of two online tools to help in reducing the disposal of construction and demolition waste. The tools were developed with the assistance of the French Building Federation.
The first tool, which includes both a website and a smartphone app, shows the locations of waste collection points near any construction and demolition work site and offers a filter that "makes it possible to search for the recycling solutions of the sector-by-sector sites in order to better direct the waste."
The second tool consists of "fact sheets to support various organization stakeholders in recycling of materials typically present on construction sites."
For more information, go to
Last Friday, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) announced it is seeking a contractor to study and report on plastics management in a Canadian circular economy. The report will identify "gaps in policy, programming and practices in order to identify barriers or challenges that jurisdictions may face while transitioning plastics management from current practices that focus on diversion and disposal to a circular economy approach."
The selected contractor will "build on a scan of circular economy work related to the management of plastics in each Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdiction, and selected regions or municipalities."
The study is expected to commence by June 13 and be completed by September 28 of this year. The deadline to submit proposals in June 1.
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Last week, the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced it set a goal to "recycle or recover all plastic packaging used in the United States by 2040 and to further enhance plastic pellet stewardship by 2022."
Specifically, the Plastics Division said it would 1) encourage the US manufacturing sites of member companies to participate in Operation Clean Sweep-Blue by 2020, 2) ensure all plastics packaging is recyclable or recoverable by 2030, and 3) ensure all plastics packaging is re-used, recycled or recovered by 2040.
"Together with our value chain partners we intend to transition to increasingly circular systems for designing, manufacturing, recycling and recovering our plastic packaging resources," said ACC Vice President of Plastics Steve Russell.
The ACC announcement is posted at
Late last month, the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a largely government-funded non-profit organization, launched the Plastics Pact, which WRAP described as "a unique collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste."
Forty-two businesses joined the Pact for its launch, including the British Plastics Federation, which said it was "delighted to support the UK Plastics Pact although it will continue its own initiative called the Marine Litter Platform.
WRAP said the Plastics Pact, by 2025, seeks to "eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models;" make all plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable; and strive for a minimum 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging.
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The 2,500-member Restaurants Association of Ireland said last week that it supports a ban on single-use plastic straws in restaurants.
"By removing plastic straws from our restaurants, I believe we can make a difference in the use of unnecessary plastic and make the Irish restaurant and hospitality industry more sustainable and environmentally friendly," said Restaurants Association of Ireland President Liam Edwards.
The association said environmentally-friendly alternatives to plastic straws, including paper and bio-degradable straws, are readily available and are already being used by some association members.
The Irish Restaurants Association announcement is available for review at