11 September 2019:
A quick scan of recent waste, recycling and related environmental developments from around the globe...
The British Columbia Brewers Recycled Container Collection Council (BRCCC) has released a draft stewardship plan in compliance with British Columbia's Recycling Regulation. The new stewardship plan will be in effect from 2020 through 2024.
The draft plan sets a 87.5% container recovery rate and covers refillable glass bottles, metal cans, refillable kegs and transport packaging including pallets and shrink wrap. The plan will apply to roughly 200 brewers, cider manufacturers and brewery agents operating in the province.
The deadline to submit comments on the plan to the BRCCC is September 13.
Download the draft BRCCC stewardship plan at
The City Council of Portsmith, New Hampshire approved a bill to ban certain single-use plastic items during a first reading of the measure last week. The bill will need to be approved again by the city council.
The draft ordinance bans single-use plastic carryout bags, cups, prepared food containers and straws, effective December 1, 2019. Several bills to ban plastic straws and other disposable plastic items were introduced in the New Hampshire General Court earlier this year. None were approved.
Download the draft Portsmith disposable plastics ordinance at
On Monday, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) unveiled information requirements for a forthcoming database on products ("articles" in ECHA terminology) containing substances of very high concern (SVHC), also called the Candidate List. The launch of a user test group is underway. The launch of a prototype of the database - called Substances of Concern in Products or SCIP - is planned for early next year. Companies will be required to submit information to the database beginning in January 2021.
"Under the Waste Framework Directive, suppliers of articles containing a substance of very high concern (SVHC) on the Candidate List need to provide information on their safe use to ECHA," the announcement explained. "The new SCIP database will contain information on substances of concern in articles, as such or in complex objects (products)."
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According to "2017 Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada," a report released in late August by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, a minimum of 309 million kilograms of Canadian post-consumer (including commercial) plastic material was collected for recycling in 2017, a 5% decrease from 2016. The largest decreases were in film, followed by non-bottle rigid, and then bottles, according to the report prepared for CPIA by the California-based consulting firm More Recycling.
Forty-two percent of the collected post-consumer plastic was PET, followed by HDPE at 31%, LDPE at 13%, PP at 8%, PVC at 2%, and polystyrene at 1%. (Three percent of the post-consumer plastic was other polymers.)
"Most of the material collected in Canada for recycling remained in North America rather than moving to overseas markets," the report noted. "Eighty-eight percent of the material reported was reclaimed in Canada or the U.S., and 10 percent was exported overseas."
Download "2017 Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada" at https://www.plastics.ca/_resources/NR_MoreRecycling_2017PlasticRecycling_Final%2027082019.pdf.
Spanish plastic container recycling increased to 571,900 tons in 2018, a 9.6% increase from 2017, according to data published in late July by Cicloplast, the Spanish plastic packaging recycling compliance organization. The average per capita recycling level was 12.3 kilograms, up 1 kilogram from 2018.
Cicloplast also said that for the first time, the amount of plastic packaging recycled in Spain exceeded the amount of plastic packaged disposed in landfills.
"Taking into account all packaging (domestic, commercial and industrial), in 2017 Spain has already reached a 48% recycling rate, very close to the 50% target set by theEuropean Union for 202," the Cicloplast announcement stated.
The Brazilian Ministry of Environment said late last month that the federal government is making R$ 30 million (roughly $7.3 million USD) available in grants to municipalities, inter-municipal public consortia, and federal government departments to improve municipal solid waste management. Funding for individual projects can range from R$ 1 million to R$ 5 million.
The grants may be used for the purchase of equipment for the separate collection of recyclable and organic wastes, waste sorting systems, construction and demolition waste recycling facilities, and related equipment. The Ministry said the grants support the Zero Waste Program it unveiled in April.
Brazil approved its National Policy on Solid Waste in 2010, which requires closing open air dumps, increasing recycling and implementing extended producer responsibility programs.
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Local governments, associations, companies and individual citizen may apply to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a portion of the 3.6 million DKK (about $532,000 USD) dedicated for cleaning litter and waste from Danish beaches, according to an announcement last week by the EPA. Grants of up to 500,000 DKK may be requested for each project.
The funding can be used for cleanup bags and tools, equipment for collecting waste and support for volunteers. The results of the EPA-funded cleanup activities will need to be reported to the agnecy once the activities have been completed.
The deadline to submit applications is October 3.
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Late last month, the Government of Western Australia announced it has $1.17 million available in grant funding for projects that "improve the recovery and reuse of waste materials such as plastics, glass, construction and demolition materials, food organics and garden organics; as well as those that encourage behavior change." The grants are part of the state's Community and Industry Engagement program. Qualifying industry, local governments, regional councils, industry organizations, research and educational organizations, state government agencies and community groups are invited to apply for funding.
The Western Australia Waste Authority, which awards the grants, said it is particularly interested in projects "addressing mixed plastics or mixed paper recovery and/or recycling, improvements in communications about source separation, or research related to viability of local markets for these materials as alternatives to export or landfill."
The Government of Western Australia announcement is posted at
Last week, the German Government and Waste Management Industry agreed to reduce methane emissions from landfills by one million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents by 2027, according to an announcement by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature and Nuclear Safety (Bundesministerium fur Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit or BMU). At the same time, "the sustainable generation of energy from landfill gases will be intensified," according to BMU. The German waste management industry will attenot to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 87% compared to the 1990 level.
"This makes waste management the first economic sector to have a concrete mitigation strategy in place to meet the goals of the 2030 Climate Action Program to be adopted by the Climate Cabinet on 20 September 20," the BMU announcement noted.
On Monday, the Aluminum Association and the Can Manufacturers Institute, two US industry associations, released a 13-page report comparing recycling rates for aluminum cans to containers made of PET and glass. According to the report, the consumer recycling rate for aluminum cans is 49.8% compared to 29.2% and 26.4% for PET and glass containers, respectively. The average recycled content for the three container materials are 73% for aluminum, 23% for glass and 3% for PET, according to the reports.
The report also states that the value per ton of recyclable aluminum is $1,317, while the values for PET and glass are $299 and -$20, respectively.
Download the AA and CMA aluminum can recycling report at