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May 2017:

Estonian Parliament Approves Plastic Bag Law
The new law brings Estonia into compliance with Directive (EU) 2015/720 on reducing plastic bag consumption

European Parliament Committee Resolution Calls for Action on Reducing Food Waste, Increasing Resource Efficiency
The resolution recommends 135 considerations to be made or actions to be taken by the European Commission, Member States and industry stakeholders.

French Government Approves New Packaging Extended Producer Responsibility Organization
The decision brings new competition to two other EPR organizations first approved by the government in the 1990s.

Municipal Collection of Waste Electronics, Batteries and Lamps Proposed in Brazilian Camara Bill
The proposed collection could accelerate slow-to-evolve extended producer responsibility programs.

Biodegradable Food Packaging Bill Being Considered in Colombian Congress
Among the billss provisions is a registry on the Ministry of Environment website of producers offering appropriate biodegradable food containers.

Brazilian Deputado Recommends Penalties for Ship Captains That Dump Plastic Waste in the Water
His bill would amend a law addressing marine navigation safety.

Swiss Federal Office for the Environment Helps Launch National Anti-Littering Logo
The logo may be used by local governments and schools to show support in the fight against litter.

New Mandatory Norwegian Packaging EPR Regulation Expected to Take Effect on July 1
Packaging producers will need to register with a "return company" by January 1, 2018.

Nordic Council of Ministers Proposes International Program to Reduce Plastic Pollution
The program seeks to lay a foundation for future international initiatives and regulations.

DecaDBE and SCCPs Added to Annex A of Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants List
Convention signatories must now work to eliminate the use of the two chemicals.

Bill Introduced in Brazil Camara Sets New Schedule for Municipalities to Comply with National Policy on Solid Waste
Municipalities would have two to five years to comply once the law is enacted.

Food Waste Reduction Bill Authored by Brazilian Deputado
The proposed law would feed the nation's hungry while diverting food waste from landfills.

Bill to Be Introduced in New South Wales Parliament Would Ban Waste Incineration Near Residential Areas
The proposed legislation follows concerns by state EPA and health officials about a possible new waste-to-energy facility.


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