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February 2017:

Poland Adopts Mandatory Household Waste Separation Law
Polish municipalities will have five years to transition to a four colored bin scheme.

Spanish Government Issues Royal Decree to Require Fees on Plastic Carrier Bags
The fee amounts will vary based on the type of plastic and thickness.

Food Recycling Law Revised Standards and New Guidelines for Food Related Businesses
The guidelines seek to promote recycling of waste food while preventing illegal resale.

Food Waste Prevention Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara
The priority for managing uneaten food would be human consumption, then animal consumption, then composting.

European Chemicals Agency Says Recycled Rubber Turf Is Not a Significant Health Risk
An evaluation was conducted at the request of the European Commission.

Norwegian Environment Agency Seeks Projects to Combat Marine Litter
Thirty-five million kroner in grant funding is available this year.

Australian Government Consults on Draft Plan to Clean Up Marine Debris and Minimize Generation
Among the draft plan's proposed actions are limiting lost single-use plastic material and encouraging a circular economy.

Bill to Repeal Recently Enacted Puerto Rican Plastic Bag Law Introduced in the Camara
In place of the bag ban, in-store recycling would be mandated.

European Parliament Committee Publishes New Report on Proposed Updates to WEEE and Battery Directives
Many new provisions have been added to the rapporteur's previous draft report.

Swedish EPA Survey Indicates National Waste Plan and Waste Prevention Program May Need Revision
For many Swedish waste stakeholders, the documents "have not made any major impact" on achieving more efficient waste management, the survey finds.

Senate Plenary Vote on Brazilian National Landfill Fund Expected Soon
The final review committee approved the bill in a 3-1 vote.

New Zealand and Nordic Countries Consider Bans on Microplastic Beads
Both entities cite marine pollution and dangers to the human food chain as reasons to take regulatory action.

French Senate to Debate Resolution Addressing Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
The legislation calls for focusing on cumulative EDC exposures over a lifetime.

Brazilian Camara Bill Requires Manufacturers to Wash Uniforms of Workers Using Chemicals Harmful to the Environment
Deputado says home laundering allows harmful chemicals to be released into the environment.


January 2017:

Norwegian Environment Agency Proposes Mandatory Food and Plastic Waste Sorting
The agency says the requirement is needed to meet upcoming European Union household waste targets.

Bill Adopted in Estonian Parliament Will Ban Free Distribution of Single-Use Plastic Bags
The ban will take effect on December 31, 2018.

Danish EPA and Waste Association Launch Recycling Pictogram System
The colored-coded systems are expected to become ubiquitous in Denmark.

European Parliament Committee Calls for Resolution on EU Food Waste Reduction
The resolution would set a 50% food waste reduction target for 2030.

Bill in Puerto Rico Camara Would Give Government Purchasing Preference to Recycled Products
The preference would apply to recycled product made in Puerto Rico.

Scottish EPA Publishes Guidance on Product Reuse
The document helps unwanted product owners determine whether their products are subject to Scottish waste regulations.

United Kingdom Consults on Proposed Ban on Microplastic Beads
Consultation also seeks information on all other possible sources of marine plastic pollution.

Welsh Government Consults on Proposed Fly-Tipping Penalties
Alternatives to court trials proposed for smaller illegal waste dumping cases.


December 2016:

Indian CPCB Publishes Evaluation Forms and Procedures for EEE Producer EPR Authorizations
The document provides supporting details to the Indian E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016.

Queensland Government Consults on Possible Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban
Biodegradable plastic bags would also be banned.

Norwegian Environment Agency Recommends a Tax on Single-Use Plastic Bags
The proposed tax could be included in packaging waste law revisions already being developed.

Swedish Government Testing of Sample Consumer Electronics Found More Than One-Third Contained Restricted Substances above Legal Limits
About half the EEE products examined also had non-compliant labeling.

Cell Phone Product Stewardship Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara
Collection points would be placed in supermarkets, shopping centers and indoor malls.

Bill Introduced in Welsh Assembly Would Update Landfill Disposal Taxes
All "taxable disposals," authorized or illegal, would be covered.

More Details of Developing Irish Product Stewardship Scheme for Waste Tires Emerge
The amount of the scheme's environmental management charge is still undetermined.

Reducing Cigarette Butt Litter Subject of Brazilian Camara Bill
The bill would require cigarettes contain only biodegradable material.

United Kingdom Consults on Four Packaging Materials Recycling Targets for 2018-2020
The targeted packaging materials are paper, steel, aluminum and wood.

New South Wales Launches Public Consultation on Draft Container Deposit Scheme Regulations
Beverage producers and used container collection points will need to submit applications and registration fees next July.

Hong Kong Government Announces Enforcement Actions for Plastic Bag Ordinance
One retailer was fined $5,000 for not charging customers for their plastic bags.

More Single-Use Plastic Bag Legislation Introduced in Philippine House of Representatives
One measure calls for a bag ban and the other a resolution leading to additional legislation.

Swedish EPA Is Finalizing Guidance on Waste Plastics from Electronics and Cars, PVC and Tires
Concern about hazardous substances contained in some recycled materials prompts agency action.

French Agency Publishes Opinion on Using Pricing Incentives to Reduce Waste Generation
Pricing incentives are already in use in 190 communities across France.

Brazilian Congress to Consider Prohibiting Use of Microplastic Beads
During a proposed phase out period, products containing microplastic beads would need to display a warning message.


November 2016:

Finnish Government and Industry Agree to Voluntary Reduction of Single-Use Plastic Bags
Retailers will be free to choose "self-regulatory instruments" to achieve the reduction.

Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Introduced in New South Wales Parliament
Biodegradable plastic bags would be permitted.

Danish Environmental Minister Proposes Financial Incentives to Boost ELV Recycling
Bill introduced in Danish Parliament would boost vehicle scrappage allowance.

Taiwan EPA Announces Proposed Waste Reduction Measures
Measures address plastic bag distribution and food waste reporting.

Ban on Non-Recyclable Food Containers Proposed in Philippine Congress
The ban would apply to several materials and might not be limited to carryout food packaging.

Some Members of Parliament Call for Container Deposit Scheme in UK
A scheme was recommended to reduce littering.

Tax Incentives for Recycling Companies Proposed in Brazilian Congress
Author of the legislation cites the lack of progress implementing the National Policy on Solid Waste.

New South Wales Parliament Approves Container Deposit Scheme
The CDS is expected to launch next July.

Philippine Congressional Resolution Calls for Study on Implementation Problems with National Solid Waste Management Act
Many provinces and municipalities still lack solid waste management programs or plans 15 years later says resolution sponsor.

New South Wales EPA Proposes Changes to C&D Waste Regulations
The draft regulations include new targets for waste sorting, recycling and disposal.

Danish Government Promotes Tools for Greener Data Centers
The "tools" calculate energy consumption and project total cost of ownership of equipment.

New Norwegian Environment Agency Publication Outlines Basic Plastic Manufacturing Environmental Requirements
The focus is on minimizing hazardous chemicals use and following hazardous waste management regulations.


October 2016:

French Senate Report Offers a Strategy for Managing Mobile Phone Waste
The report includes 27 proposals to improve phone eco-design and increase reuse and recycling.

Indian CPCB Publishes New Guidelines for E-Waste Management Rules
Guidelines include direction to producers for implementing extended producer responsibility (EPR) requirements.

UK's Defra Launches Public Consultation on Possible 2016 WEEE Compliance Fee
Two competing fee calculation methodologies are under consideration.

In Battle against Marine Plastic Waste, France Proposes Bans on Cotton Swabs and Microbeads
Public consultations were opened on both proposals.

Philippine House Resolution Calls for Action on Non-Environmentally Acceptable Packaging
The resolution focuses on disposable plastic packaging and food service ware.

South Korea Announces Proposed Ban on Plastic Microbeads
The ban would take effect next summer.

Swiss Parliament Waives Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags
New agreement with retailers will allow disposable plastic bags distribution if a fee is charged consumers.

Norwegian Environmental Directorate Recommends Establishing Producer Responsibility for Packaging
Packaging producers and importers would be required to join a "returselskapet" approved by the Directorate.

Bill Introduced in Philippine House of Representatives Would Ban Disposal of E-Waste
Violators of the law could face jail time and fines.

Separation of Recyclable Materials in Schools Proposed by Brazilian Deputado
Author says separating waste materials would help educate students about the importance of recycling.

Six More Bills to Restrict Single-Use Plastic Bags Introduced in Philippine House of Representatives
The measures include a mix of in-store bag collection and recycling requirements, a phase-out of single-use plastic bags, taxes on single-use plastic bags, and a single-use plastic bag exchange scheme.

Swedish Government Identifies Key Actions in Its Sustainable Consumption Strategy
The elements to support the strategy were incorporated in the 2017 national budget.


September 2016:

Brazilian Deputado Calls for Mandatory Recycling in Federal Government and Other Buildings
Collected recyclable materials would be made available to recycling cooperatives and associations.

Bill Introduced in Philippine House of Representatives Would Phase-Out Single-Use Polyethylene Bags
Biodegradable plastic bags would replace polyethylene bags.

Tax Incentives for Green Seal Products Proposed in Brazilian Camara
Separate tax reductions would be available to consumers and producers

Voluntary Framework for Consistency in Residential Recycling Launched in England
Increased recyclability of packaging and consumer recycling education are two of the pillars of the framework.

LED Light Recycling to Start in Taiwan in 2017
The Taiwan EPA is also considering a ban on plastic microbeads.

South Australia EPA Cracks Down on Retailers Violating the State Container Deposit Scheme Law
Noncompliant beverage containers were seized from supermarkets.

Regulating Endocrine Disruptors and Nanomaterials among Priorities Identified by Danish Environmental Minister
The minister says he will push for new EU-wide efforts through the European Chemicals Agency.

South African Government Requires EEE, Lighting, and Packaging and Paper Producers to Prepare Industry Waste Management Plans
Producers must also register with the Department of Environmental Affairs in 30 days.

Western Australia Is Latest State to Announce a Container Deposit Scheme
The announcement brings to six the number of deposit schemes planned for or operating in Australia.

Bill Introduced in New South Wales Parliament Seeks to Deter Scrap Metal Theft
Scrap dealers would need to register with the police, and cash payments for scrap metal would be banned.

Federal Environment Agency Proposes Changes to German Packaging Ordinance
Among the proposed changes are increased materials recycling targets and a nation registry for packaging producers.

UK Parliament Committee Calls for Ban on Microplastic Beads
Committee would like to see a ban by the end of 2017.

Estonian Ministry of Environment Recommends Imposing a Fee on Single-Use Plastic Carrier Bags
Free bag distribution would end on January 1, 2019.


August 2016:

Draft French Decree Requires Disposable Food Service Ware to be Compostable
Traditional disposable plastic cups, glasses and plates will be banned.

Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Introduced in New South Wales Parliament
Biodegradable plastic bags that meet a required standard would be allowed.

Sao Paolo City Government Approves Bill Permitting Free Disposable Bags Again
The bill keeps in place a ban on single-use polyethylene bags.

Singapore Restricts Six Substances for use in EEE
The restrictions take effect in June 2017.

European Commission Committee Gathering Information on Possible Health Risks Associated with Light Emitting Diodes.
The study covers lighting, TVs, computer and cell phone screens and other products.

Defra Reports Six Billion Fewer Single-Use Plastic Bags Distributed during First Six Months of Mandatory Bag Charge
Much of the distribution reduction came from seven leading retail chains.

Queensland Environmental Minister Says State Container Deposit Scheme Will Launch in 2018
The Australian state is considering CDS co-administration with a planned New South Wales CDS.

Camara Bill Calls for Putting Recycling Bins in All Brazilian Schools
The bill seeks to both generate revenue from recovered material sales and encourage students to develop more sustainable lifestyles.

Irish EPA Concerned about Achieving Several Targets Set by EU Waste Directives
Targets for batteries and end-of-life-vehicles are at risk of being missed.

Hong Kong Launches Public Consultation on Consumption of Biological Resources
Input will be used to develop strategies to reduce consumption among consumers, businesses and the public sector.

Tax Incentives for Buying Energy-Efficient Lights Proposed in Brazilian Camara
A tax exemption would support at earlier decree that established a transition from incandescent bulbs.


July 2016

UK Parliament Committee Launches Call for Evidence on Food Waste
The government consultation follows the unveiling of a national Food Waste Action Plan by industry.

Singapore Government Plans to Mandate Sustainable Packaging
The requirements are expected to be in place in three to five years.

Western Australia Proposes Mandatory Waste and Recycling Recordkeeping
The Department of Environmental Regulation says voluntary recordkeeping has produced "an incomplete dataset."

Brazilian Deputado Wants to Add Commercial Waste Generator Amendment to National Policy on Solid Waste
Businesses and institutions generating waste in excess of set threshold would be subject to new requirements.

Brazilian Camara Bill Recommends Tax Incentives to Produce More Energy from Organic Waste
Imported equipment to recover biomass and solid waste would be made tax exempt.

European Commission Launches Stakeholder Consultation on End-of-Life Vehicle Directive Amendments
An online survey will gather input on six subjects.


June 2016:

European Council Issues Opinion on EU Circular Economy Action Plan
Extending product durability and enhancing green public procurement guidelines were among 27 points made by the Council.

Ireland Delays July Launch of Planned Pay by Weight Waste Charging Plan
Instead, a 12-month "transition period" will be implemented.

Czech Government Decides to Place Fee on Single-Use Plastic Bags
Retailers expected to begin charging bag fees in January 2018.

Hong Kong to Tighten Commercial Waste Cooking Oil Recycling Requirements
All restaurants, food factories, canteens and other food preparation businesses will be required to use only licensed waste oil collectors.

German Institute for Risk Assessment Concerned about Food Contamination by Microplastics
The European Food Safety Authority calls for standardized test methods to identify the presence of possible pollutants.

Container Deposit Scheme Announced for New South Wales
A ten-cent deposit will apply to containers from 150 mls. to 3 liters in volume.

Hong Kong Approves Bill Mandating EPR for Glass Containers
Hong Kong disposed 74,000 tons of glass containers in landfills in 2014.

Two Bills Introduced in Brazilian Camara Would Distinguish Environmentally Friendly Companies and Products
Both bills would establish new regulated environmental labels or seals.

Norwegian Environment Agency Considers Requiring Packaging Producers to Finance Marine Litter Cleanup
Another recommendation is to establish EPR for some fishery and aquaculture industry products.

German Environment Agency Calls for EU-Wide Nanomaterials Registry
Seven other policy recommendations are included in a new nanomaterials report.

French Government Opens Public Consultation on Proposed Restrictions on Four Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Among the chemicals is terephthalic acid that is used to make PET.

UNEP Calls for Support of New International Food Waste Measurement Standard
The organization hopes the standard will bring consistency and accuracy in how food waste volumes and types are reported by various countries and states.


May 2016:

First Paint Stewardship Scheme Launched in Australia
Scheme is funded through a 15-cent per liter tax on covered products.

Bill in Brazilian Camara Seeks to Improve Enforcement of Battery Recycling Laws
Existing resolution adopted in 2008 is being ignored, says bill's sponsor

Nordic Council of Ministers Issues Statement on Marine Microplastics Efforts
The council said it supports international and regional regulatory frameworks to combat marine plastic litter and microplastics.

Litter Reduction Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara
All printed marketing material distributed in public places would need to be biodegradable.

Japan Reports 2014 Data on Local Government Collection of Packaging for Recycling
Containers and Packaging Recycling Law may be revised.

Edinburgh Officials Attribute Increased Recycling Rates to Sophisticated Five Bin System
Municipal landfill disposal of waste fell to 10% in latest fiscal year.


April 2016:

French Government Bans Distribution of Single-Use Plastic Bags
Plastic bags produced with bio-based material will still be permitted.

Swedish EPA Recommends Charging SEK 5 Minimum for Single-Use Plastic Bags
The bag fee is proposed to meet a recent EU Directive requirement.

Indian Government Publishes Proposed Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016
The rules include establishing extended producer responsibility programs for plastic bags and related packaging.

UK Government Consults on Clarity of Proposed Packaging Waste Regulations Revisions
The regulations concern producer responsibility organizations.

Draft Construction and Demolition Waste Rules Unveiled by Indian Government
The rules specify the responsibilities of generators, transporters, processors and governments; processing site criteria; and an implementation timeline.

Latest Eurostat Data Shows a Combined 44% Recycling and Composting Rate for the EU in 2014
Average per capita waste generation EU-wide was 475 kilograms.


March 2016:

Indian Government Proposes EPR Program for Waste Compact Fluorescent Lamps
A public consultation on the proposal is underway.

Taiwan Announces New Environmental Measures
Among them are tightened eligibility criteria for discounted recycling fees.

Danish EPA Issues Draft Revisions to RoHS Regulations
Regulation would transpose recent EU RoHS Directive restrictions on four phthalates.

Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara Addresses "Greenwashing" in Product Marketing
Deputada cites a nearly 500% increase of unsubstantiated environment claims for products.

French Government Agency Calls on Manufacturers, Consumers and the European Commission to Extend the Useful Life of Products
Greater product longevity could offer benefits beyond simply diverting waste from landfills.

Japan Releases 2014 MSW Statistics
Solid waste generation continues to decrease.

2016 UK Government Budget Confirms Adjustments to Packaging Recycling Targets
Landfill tax rates are going up, too.


February 2016:

Brazilian Senate Bill Would Exempt from Some Taxes Products Made with Recycled Materials
Unrecycled plastic waste is identified by the bill's author as a major problem.

Scottish Government Announces New Circular Economy Fund
£70 million allocated to support SMEs in developing new technologies, business models and infrastructure.

Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Introduced in New South Wales Parliament
Four other Australian states and territories have single-use plastic bag laws.

Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Proposed in Lithuanian Parliament
A bill prepared by Ministry of Environment was introduced in the Seimas.

New French Law Seeks to Prevent Food Waste
The measure supports the European Commission's proposed Circular Economy Package.

Brazilian Deputado Sponsors Resolution to Establish a National Do Not Waste Food Awareness Day
Brazil is one of the top ten food wasting nations in the world says resolution sponsor.


January 2016:

New South Wales Opens Public Consultation on Proposed Container Deposit Scheme
The scheme is expected to be operating by July 1, 2017.

French Environmental Minister Wants Planned Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban to Take Immediate Effect Voluntarily
A statutory ban was delayed by the European Commission in order to conduct a review.

Scottish Environment Secretary Releases Results from Proposed Container Deposit Scheme Public Consultation
However, the Government of Scotland wants to give the matter additional review before making a decision.

Waste and Recycling Measures Are Included in Brazilian Camara Sustainable Construction Bill
Building products should contain recycled content, be non-toxic, and demonstrate environmental superiority through life cycle anaylsis.

Brazilian Congress Approves Law Requiring Water Conservation Labeling on Cleaning Products
The law is a small step in addressing a new environmental challenge - a growing drinking water shortage.

Bill Introduced in the Philippine Senate Would Fund E-Waste Recycling Research and Demonstration Projects
However, no funding level is specified in the measure.

Swedish Chemicals Agency Proposes Ban on Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetic Products
The proposed ban would take effect on January 1, 2018.

New Scottish Regulation Seeks to Reduce Illegal Waste Tire Dumping and Facilitate Tire Material Recycling/Recovery
Certain exemptions on waste tire storage limits would be eliminated.

Danish Government-Organized Panel Issues Recommendations for Food Waste Recycling
Greater development of biodegradable products such as bioplastic food packaging is one of the recommendations.

European Parliament Environment Committee Offers Amendments to Energy Efficiency Labeling Proposal
Many of the amendments concern the energy classes displayed on the label, label rescaling, and database information exchange.

Lithuania Launches Public Information Campaign about Upcoming Container Deposit Scheme
The CDS takes effect on February 1.


December 2015:

Irish Government Consults on Proposed Resource Recovery Strategy
The consultation likely sets the foundation for a circular economy plan.

UK Government Department Issues Recommendations for Combatting Littering and Illegal Dumping
An environmental recovery charge is proposed for large appliances, furniture and other bulky items when replacements are delivered.

European Court Decision Expected to Accelerate Development of EU Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Restrictions
The decision places greater pressure on the European Commission to follow through on regulatory requirements.

Bill Introduced in Brazil Would Prohibit PET Packaging that Has No Recycling System in Place
Violations would be considered an environmental crime that could lead to imprisonment.

Switzerland Approves New Ordinance on the Limitation and Elimination of Waste
The new ordinance is presented as supportive of a circular economy.

Recycling in Residential and Commercial Buildings Would Be Established by Brazilian Camara Bill
Municipalities would be responsible for establishing source separated waste collections.

India Publishes Report on Status of Plastic Waste Management Efforts
Illegal plastic bag manufacturing and distribution remains a problem.

European Commission Proposes Circular Economy Package
The package includes significant changes to EU directives on waste, packaging waste, e-waste and three others.

United Kingdom Launches Public Consultation on Plastic and Glass Packaging Recycling Targets
Government proposes reducing plastic packaging recycling targets because less waste generation is now anticipated.

Packaging EPR Agreement Signed in Brazil
The agreement includes a goal to reduce packaging waste sent to landfills by 22%.

ACT Government Consults on Bill to Replace the Current Waste Minimization Act
The bill would establish a Waste Manager position having broad regulatory and enforcement authority.

Financial Incentive Proposed in Brazilian Camara to Boost Consumer WEEE Recycling
Suppliers would be responsible for providing consumers with the discounts.

Hong Kong Government Reports 2014 Waste Management Statistics
Ninety-eight percent of recovered materials were exported.

Swedish Chemicals Agency Recommends Restricting Chemical Emissions from Some Construction Materials
Proposed regulations would focus on flooring, wall and ceiling materials.


November 2015:

Spanish Cabinet Approves 2016-2022 Waste Management Plan
The plan focuses on 15 waste streams including packaging, electronics, batteries, tires, end-of-life vehicles and organics.

South Australia Finalizes New Five-Year Waste Strategy
The overall goal of the state remains to reduce waste to landfill by 35% by 2020.

Another Bill to Create a National Green Seal Was Introduced in the Brazilian Camara
The sponsor says the seal would encourage companies to recycle, reuse materials and reduce waste generation.

Indian Government Publishes Guidelines for Environmental Management of End-of-Life Vehicles
The document provides a roadmap for modernizing the Indian scrap vehicle processing industry.

Danish EPA Releases Report on Microplastics Pollution
However, the report makes no recommendations for new policy changes or laws

European Chemicals Agency Proposes to Restrict a Phthalate and 10 Other Substances
Public consultation opened.

Puerto Rico Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags
The ban is being implemented through an executive order by the governor.

Iceland Ministry of Environment Proposes Revisions to Waste Battery Regulations
Among other changes, battery producer and importer registration responsibility shifts to the Environment Agency.

European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Restricting Hazardous Substances in Textiles
The consultation includes 15 pages of proposed restricted substances.

United Kingdom Likely to Launch Consultation on Packaging EPR Regulation Changes
Task force may be created to see how packaging recycling improvements could boost overall household recycling.

Singapore May Impose Requirements on Producers to Reduce Packaging
Benchmarking data now being made to producers to voluntarily help reduce packaging weight.


October 2015:

Bolivian Government Approves Solid Waste Management Law
The law establishes extended producer responsibility and includes other provisions that will affect producers.

Brazilian Deputado Introduces Bill to Ban Polystyrene Foam Products from Landfills
The ban would apply not only to food packaging but all polystyrene foam products.

Swedish EPA Supports Phasing Out BPA in Food Contact Materials and Thermal Paper
Agency also says other bisphenols should not be used as substitutes for BPA.

Call for Research on Radiofrequency Exposure and Health Issued by French Occupational Health Agency
Research teams from around the world are invited to submit proposals.

Project Proposals Sought for New Zealand Waste Minimization Fund
Development of markets for end-of-life tires identified as a priority in latest funding round.

French Government Publishes Voluntary Guide to Reduce Restaurant Food Waste
Guide claims food prep establishments could reduce up to 50% of the food waste they generate.

Victorian Government Is Moving toward a Landfill Ban on E-Waste
A public consultation was opened for input in designing the ban.

Norway Approves Changes to Hazardous Waste Regulations
Included are new financial requirements for hazardous waste storage and treatment facilities.

Philippine Senate Bill Would Require Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products in Schools
The bill would also ban use of air fresheners.

South African Government Calls for Information on Certain Chemicals Being Produced and Imported
Companies asked to submit information by November 17.

Norway to Request Exemption to EU Plastic Bag Regulations
If approved, the exemption would be the first in the EU.

Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Bill Requiring Littering and Illegal Dumping Laws
Municipalities would be required to enact ordinances.


September 2015:

Food Waste Reduction Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara
The bill includes a landfill ban on all food still deemed edible by either humans or animals.

French Government Opens Call for Proposals to Support a Circular Economy
Candidate projects should focus on specific aspects of product eco-design, recycling, and remanufacturing.

Swedish Chemicals Agency Wants to Expand Regulation of PFAS
Proposed new regulations will be presented to the Swedish Government early next year.

Norway Consults on Draft Hazardous Waste Transport Regulations Changes
Regulations would transpose new elements of the EU Waste Framework Directive into Norwegian law.

Brazilian Senate Investigates Continued Operation of Prohibited Open Air Dumps
A Senate committee discusses possible new financial and other support for struggling municipalities.

Bill to Reduce Food Waste Introduced in UK Parliament
The measure includes a 30% food waste reduction target for supermarkets.

Chile Amends Electronic Waste Regulations
Ministerial resolution sets recycling targets for telecom equipment and consumer electronics.

Brazilian Camara Bill Addresses Hazardous Substances in E-Waste
The legislation would help Brazil comply with The Basel Convention requirements.

UK BIS Department Announces New WEEE Collecting Funding Scheme for Local Governments
£775,000 is available to help increase WEEE collection, re-use and recycling.

ECHA Proposes Adding Seven Substances of Very High Concern
Phthalate DCHP is among the seven proposed new SVHCs.

United Nations Publishes Global Waste Management Report
Developing countries are contributing more to our planet's growing waste volume.


August 2015:

Glass Container EPR Bill Introduced in Hong Kong Legislative Council
Producers without "container waste reduction plans" would pay recycling levies on their containers.

Taiwan EPA Makes Pre-Announcement of Waste Container Recycling Fee Rate Amendments
Six types of containers are covered by fees.

French Government Releases Draft Decree on Waste Management and the Circular Economy
Public consultation on the draft decree was launched by the Ministry of Ecology.

Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara Would Push Back Deadline for Closing Open Air Dumps
The measure would amend the National Policy on Solid Waste.

Brazilian Senate Adopts Sustainable Logistics Management Plan
The plan is internal, applying to Senate facilities, procurement and staff.

United Nations Environment Programme Releases Sustainable Consumption and Production Goals
A newly released UNEP document calls for substantially reducing waste generation by 2030.

Scottish Government Launches Consultation on Extending the Useful Life of Products
The proposal is presented as an important element in creating a more circular economy.

Danish Ministry Issues Advisory on Use of Perfluorinated Compounds in Food Packaging
Advisory applies to PFCs in some paper and cardboard material.

Single-Use Carrier Bag Distribution Rises in Northern Ireland Despite Bag Tax
But distribution remains well below the 2013 baseline.

Brazilian Senate Holds Hearing on Recycling Tax Incentives Bill
The bill would provide financial support for parts of the National Policy on Solid Waste.

Portuguese Environment Agency Extends License for National Drug and Drug Packaging Compliance Organization
License extension includes a new 20% drug packaging waste recycling target.

Brazilian Camara Bill Would Mandate Switch to Energy-Efficient LED Lamps
The mandate would apply only to public buildings.


July 2015:

Defra Publishes Single Use Carrier Bag Charges Order and Policy Paper
English retailers with 250 or more employees must charge for their bags starting in October.

Danish EPA Launches Consultation on Draft Changes to Beverage Container Deposit Regulations
Several of the changes would benefit the Dansk Retursystem compliance scheme.

New Zealand Government Announces National In-Store Plastics Recycling Initiative
Grants totaling $1.2 million allocated to launch trial program.

Waste Electronics and Batteries EPR Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara
The proposed law would augment the National Policy on Solid Waste of 2010.

Australian Environmental Ministers Endorse Stewardship of Waste Paint and Batteries
Fifteen percent national e-waste recycling target increase welcomed.

South Australia Consults on Draft Bill to Update State Litter and Illegal Dumping Laws
The proposed penalties for violators would be the toughest in the Commonwealth.

European Parliament Approves Resolution to Transition to Circular Economy
The resolution recommends setting binding waste-reduction targets and revamping ecodesign laws, among other legislative actions.

Four Phthalates Added to EU RoHS Directive Restricted Use List
Effective 2019, the chemicals will be restricted in electrical and electronic equipment.

UK Resource Management Minister Endorses Plastics Recycling Plan from Industry
Plan outlines actions governments and other stakeholders should take to increase recycling.

Australian Department of Environment to Consider Two Product Classes for New Stewardship Schemes
Architectural paint and batteries are again up for consideration.

Brazilian Deputado Calls for Ban on Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging
Violators could face fines, seizure of packaging and loss of business license.

Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara Would Ban Waste Incineration Nationally
Waste incineration is increasing at the expense of increased recycling.

Japanese Environmental Ministry Announces 2014 Home Appliance Recycling Results
Ministry also Releases Solar Photovoltaic Generation Equipment Recycling Report

2014 Beverage Container Recycling Rates Released by Norwegian Environment Agency
Six container return systems will again be exempted from paying the national environmental tax.


June 2015:

European Commission Consults on EU Waste Market Problems
The Commission is concerned that some regulations may be impeding the efficient functioning of waste markets.

ECHA Committee Calls for Restricting BPA-Containing Thermal Printing Paper
The same committee recommended restricting use of the flame retardant decaDBE.

French Government Agency Consults on Findings on Dangers of Radiofrequency Exposure to Children
The "pre-final" report comes after more than 10 years of investigation.

Bill to Create Toxic Packaging Prevention Act Introduced in Philippine Senate
Restrictions would be placed on the use of lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium.

Icelandic Ministry of Environment Consults on End-of-Waste Criteria Regulation
Regulation seeks to increase materials recovery without increasing environmental harm.

Swedish EPA Endorses Special Tax on Some Products Containing Hazardous Chemicals
Proposal focuses on electronics with certain flame retardants and PVC home interior materials.

European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Developing a Circular Economy
The consultation covers production, consumption, recycled materials markets and individual business sectors.

Chilean Extended Producer Responsibility Bill Nears Passage
Packaging, electronics, batteries, tires and drugs are among nine priority product categories.

Scottish Government Considers Establishing a Container Deposit Scheme
Call for evidence opened with release of government-sponsored feasibility study.

Denmark Announces Container Deposit Scheme Agreement with Two German States
The agreement will take effect in 2018.

Bill in Brazilian Camara Would Establish a National Environmental Seal
Products displaying the seal would need to meet specifications to be developed by the government.

Brazilian Deputado Proposes Placing E-Waste Collection Bins in Schools
The proposal could boost national recovery of precious metals while supporting student environmental education.


May 2015:

Icelandic Environment Ministry Releases Recommendations for Reducing Food Waste
Many of the 13 recommendations focus on education and improved communication.

Argentina Launches Program to Transition Consumers to More Energy Efficient Appliances
Boost in recycling of scrapped "white goods" expected.

Product Reuse Could Increase under Bill in Brazilian Camara
Producers would be required to offer repair parts long after products cease being made.

Bill to Manage Medical Waste Introduced in Philippine Senate
Proposed regulations would cover medical waste generators, transporters and storage and disposal facilities.

Bill to Regulate Management of Construction Waste Introduced in Brazilian Camara
Proposal would establish a new extended producer responsibility program.

UK Local Government Association Calls for Producers to Increase Funding for EU Resource Recovery
Producers should pay for at least 50% of waste collection and disposal costs by 2030.

Poland and Slovenia Face Fines over Failure to Transpose Recast EU WEEE Directive
The deadline to do so was February 14, 2014.


April 2015:

Bill in Brazilian Camara Would Ban Recycled Paper from Use in Food Packaging
Concern is raised about sanitation issues with the paper waste stream.

EFSA Approves Three PET Recycling Processes for Use in Food Contact Applications
The rPET could be used to make thermoformed trays and containers and, in one instance, bottles.

European Parliament Committee Discusses Draft Report on EU Resource Efficiency and a Circular Economy
Recommendations in report range from "urban mining" of existing landfills to expanding the scope of the EU Eco-Design Directive.

New UK Law Prohibits Local Governments from Charging Consumers for Dropping Off Household Waste and Recyclables
However, for some local governments the prohibition does not take effect until 2020.

South Australia EPA Publishes Report on Recent Government-Industry Waste Summit
Public comment period opened on recommendations contained in the report.

New Portuguese National Waste Management Plan Takes Effect
Plan transposes requirements of the EU Waste Framework Directive.

Brazilian Camara Bill Would Eliminate Energy Inefficient Lamps
Some fluorescent lamps would be eliminated by LEDs.


March 2015

Electronics EPR Bill Introduced in Hong Kong Legislative Council
General responsibilities of producers, retailers and e-waste collectors outlined.

Danish Ministry of Environment Publishes New Waste Prevention Strategy Draft
The draft strategy focuses on food, construction, textiles, electronics and packaging.

Dutch Ministry of Environment and Waste Industry Associations Sign Waste Recovery Agreement
The Ministry also launched a website to help local governments increase household waste recycling.

European Parliament Committee Releases New Draft Recommendations on EU Plastic Bag Regulations
Member States could implement either a fee or tax or achieve per capita bag consumption limits.

Portuguese Plastic Bag Tax Takes Effect
Ministry of Environment publishes FAQ document to help businesses better understand the new law.

French Government Agency Concerned about Migration of Chemicals in Heated PP Food Packaging
Recommendations made to consumers on how to minimize chemical migration risks.


February 2015:

Singapore Publishes Draft RoHS Regulations
Substance restrictions would apply to only six types of EEE products.

Public Consultation Opened for Revisions to Japanese Home Appliance Recycling Law Enforcement Ordinance
Recycling rate targets to increase for 4 of 5 product categories.

Norwegian Government Proposes Tax on Plastic and Paper Bags
Public consultation was opened on proposal.

Use of Biodegradable Bags Would Be Phased In Under Philippine Senate Bill
The bill also mandates a fee for plastic bags and their in-store collection and recycling.

Lithuania Publishes Draft Revised Packaging Waste Recycling Targets
Some recycling rates would steadily increase from 2016 through 2020 to meet EU requirements.

Japan Ministry of the Environment Releases 2013 Municipal Solid Waste Management Statistics
Waste generation decreased slightly from a year earlier.


January 2015:

Australian Government Report Indicates National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme Is Exceeding Expectations
However, 10 possible changes to the scheme are included in the report.

Sao Paolo Plastic Bag Ordinance Takes Effect on February 5
Only sugar cane-based bioplastic bags will be permitted.

European Food Safety Authority Says No Apparent Health Risk from Current BPA Daily Intake Level
ESFA panel publishes long-awaiting report.

Philippine Senate Bill Would Restrict Heavy Metals Levels in Packaging
Packaging producers would also need to provide certificates of compliance to purchasers.

Swedish Government Approves Toxic-Free Living Action Plan
Plan seeks to reduce hazardous chemicals risks and phase out and restrict the most dangerous chemicals.

Draft Waste Prevention Plan Released by Icelandic Ministry of Environment
Food, plastic, textiles, paper, construction material, electronics and beverage packaging among waste streams targeted.

Welsh Government Issues Guidance on Separate Collections of Recyclables
Comingled and separate bin collections are options for local governments.

Brazilian Camara Bill Seeks to Establish Product Stewardship for Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacies would provide in-store take back containers.

Swiss Government Announces Extension of Nanomaterials Action Plan
More work needed on nanomaterials registration, risk evaluation methods and developing a regulatory framework.

Ban on Non-Biodegradable Diapers Proposed in Brazil
Camara bill would provide a lengthy transition period for producers.

French Senate Resolution Offers Recommendations for Improving EU Waste Regulations
Allowing for differentiated waste and recycling targets among EU Member States suggested.


December 2014:

French Ministerial Draft Decree Requires Local Waste Prevention Programs
Local commissions would develop and implement programs and submit reports to the Ministry of Ecology.

Western Australia Proposes Changes to its Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act
Reforms proposed to increase recycling and deter landfill disposal.

An Unusual Type of Plastic Bag Law Proposed in Curitiba
A government bill would set specifications for plastic bags to facilitate recycling.

European Food Waste Reduction Charter Proposed by Italian Environmental Minister
Charter includes 11 voluntary measures that nations are encouraged to adopt.

Small Changes May Be Coming to Japanese Appliance Recycling Law
The Ministry of Environment releases results from a public comment period.

Swiss Government Report Examines Issues in Extending Product Lifecycles
While recommendations are made no new regulations are proposed.


November 2014:

European Council of Ministers Announces Position on Single-Use Plastic Bags Regulations
Member States would either set reduction targets or implement bag fees/taxes.

Brazilian Lamp Producers Sign EPR Agreement with Ministry of Environment
Agreement includes a R$ 0.40 eco-fee on covered lamps.

Resolution in Dutch Parliament Calls for Action Plan to Collect Waste Pharmaceuticals
Sponsors argue the plan would help prevent drugs from contaminating waterways.

Hong Kong Government Moves Forward with Pay-As-You-Throw Household Waste Plan
Implementation will be phased in over a three-year period.

Defra Launches Consultation on Barriers to Reuse of Products
Defining some used products as waste may be leading to regulatory barriers.

Australia's Northern Territory Releases Draft Waste Management Strategy
The strategy calls for increased education on waste reduction, improvements to infrastructure and support for recyclables marketing.

Latest Eurostat Data Shows Traded Recyclables Volumes Up But Prices Down
By percentage, recycled glass fell the most.

EFSA Group Meets to Discuss Safety of Non-Plastic Food Contact Materials
Two more processes for recycling PET for food contact applications approved.

First Two Companies Certified Using Singapore E-Waste Management Standard
Voluntary standard was co-developed by the National Environment Agency

France Rolls Out New Plan to Reduce Waste Reduction and Boost Recycling
Local government efforts seen as vital for successful implementation.


October 2014:

French National Assembly Resolution Addresses Planned Obsolescence of Products
Most product warranties would be extended to five years and penalties assessed for violations.

UK Parliament Report Calls for Defra to be More Active in English Waste Management
Limited availability of waste treatment capacity and export of refuse derived fuel are two of the concerns raised in the report.

European Commission Publishes Proposed End-of-Waste Criteria for Plastic
The Commission will discuss the proposals with industry members and other stakeholders.

Czech Republic Approves National Waste Prevention Plan
Plan contains mostly educational components, but new financial incentives to reduce waste generation will be evaluated.

First Nanomaterial Appears on ECHA's Latest CoRAP List
Several common brominated flame retardants also added.

European Commission Launches Consultation on Safety of DEHP-Containing PVC Medical Devices
Higher at risk patients identified in committee opinion.

French National Assembly Votes to Ban Disposable Plastic Bags and Food Service Ware
The same bill includes public procurement targets for recycled paper products.

Brazilian Government May Extend Deadline for Cities to Comply with National Policy on Solid Waste
The Senate is likely to approve a deadline extension to August 2018.

Northern Ireland Publishes Waste Prevention Program Document
The program is built around 13 actions, many of which are already underway.

UK DCLG Issues Waste Policy Planning Guidance for Local Governments
Local waste plans should integrate the five-level waste hierarchy.

Plan to Reduce Food and Food Packaging Waste Launched in Wales
The plan is one of seven sector plans supporting the Welsh zero waste strategy.

Return Rates Improving for Northern Territory's Container Deposit Scheme
Aluminum can return rate was the highest at 63.9%.

Parisians Approve Mobile Recycling Stations Proposal
The stations will roll out in 2015.

European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Consultation focuses on establishing a definition and level of regulation.

Consultation Launched on Changes to Swiss Law on Risk Reduction in Chemical Products
Mercury- and POP-containing products among those targeted for prohibition or restriction.


September 2014:

Report Calls Recent EU Waste Shipment Regulatory Enforcement "Very Successful"
Future inspections of wood, paper, card, metals and plastics and other dry recyclables recommended.

Second Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Introduced in Philippine Senate
A five-peso levy would be assessed for each recyclable paper and biodegradable plastic bag distributed.

Draft French Environmental Health Plan Addresses Exposure to EDCs, Nanomaterials and other Substances
The plan is expected to be approved in December.

OECD Launches Online Knowledge Center on Toxic Chemicals Pathways
Industries, governments and academia invited to contribute to initial wiki.

Brazil Seeks Comments on Draft Packaging and Fluorescent Lamps EPR Agreements
The agreements are among six authorized by the 2010 National Policy on Solid Waste.

Irish EPA Releases Public Sector Green Procurement Guidance
Guidance covers IT equipment, paper, cleaning products and five other categories.

Swedish EPA Proposes 23 Measures to Promote Sustainable Consumption
Making products more durable, removing hazardous chemicals and developing a national LCA database are a few of the measures proposed.

Bulgaria Releases Draft National Waste Plan
Plan includes a separate waste prevention program.

Swiss FOEN Satisfied With Beverage Container Recycling Performance
The latest data includes a 94% overall container recycling rate; beverage container LCA published.

Colombian Decree Establishes Requirements for Environmental Marketing Claims
Decree sets six broad requirements; specifications still being finalized.

France Approves New National Waste Prevention Plan
Plan includes a seven percent reduction in household waste by 2020.

Brazilian Waste Management Bill Would Provide Financial and Logistical Support to Municipalities
Amendments to the National Policy on Solid Waste proposed.

Public Comment Periods Held for Japanese Recycling Law Reviews
Reviews address packaging, food and home appliance recycling.

Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection and Supermarkets Sign Reusable Bag Agreement
Supermarkets will provide NIS 80 million to fund national reusable bag distribution.

ECHA Launches Public Consultation to Restrict Use of 22 More Chemicals
Seven more phthalates are among the chemicals recommended for authorization.


August 2014:

Environmental Ministry Recommends Changes to Administration of New Zealand's Landfill Tax
Landfill disposal has not decreased since 2011, so the tax application may be broadened.

Chilean Camara Close to Approving National EPR Law
Nine product categories, including electronics, batteries, packaging and pharmaceuticals, are given priority status.

New Attempt to Ban Single-Use Bags Introduced in Philippine Senate
The new bill is an modified version of failed earlier legislation.

UK Launches Consultation on Transposing Revised EU Batteries Directive
Two types of batteries will be added to the existing banned listed.

European Commission Opens Consultation on Nanomaterials Health Risks Guidance
The guidance focuses on nanomaterials in medical devices.


July 2014:

Product Categories for Possible New EPR Programs Identified in Irish Government Report
The categories were included in a performance review of existing Irish EPR programs.

French Senate Resolution Calls for Changes to Proposed EU Plastic Bag Regulations
Among the changes is reducing the minimum thickness for reusable plastic bags.

Switzerland Begins Revision of National Waste Management Law
Bio-waste and construction and demolition waste would be newly covered streams.

France Launches Public Consultation on Updated WEEE Compliance Organization Requirements
Ministry says proposed changes will help France meet recast EU WEEE Directive targets.

Danish Government Rescinds Scheduled Ban on Four Common Phthalates
The start of the problematic ban had already been delayed.


June 2014:

Denmark Issues Executive Order Requiring Nanomaterials Registration
The requirement applies to domestically produced and imported products

European Commission Says Public Consultation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Just Days Away
French and Swedish environmental ministers lead call for prompt Commission action.

Swedish Chemicals Agency Publishes Interim Report on Products Containing Phthalates
Report published in advance of anticipated government mandated phase-out of many phthalates.

New Scottish Litter Reduction Strategy Calls for Packaging Design Improvements
Reusable containers and packaging from sustainable sources among the initiatives to be advanced.

Chilean Camara Approves Plastic Bag Ban in Patagonia
The bill was sent to the Senate where passage appears likely.

Updated E-Waste Regulations Proposed by Norwegian Environmental Minister
The draft regulations transpose the recast EU WEEE Directive but also add other provisions.

Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging Ban Proposed in Philippine House of Representatives
Some local jurisdictions already have adopted local bans.

Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara Mandates Recycled Content in Building Materials
Sponsor of bill says growing volume of construction and demolition waste is harming the environment.

French Assembly Resolution Criticizes European Commission Decisions on Two Endocrine Disruptors
Resolution calls on other EU Member States to disagree with the Commission decisions.

Israeli Environmental Minister Says Fees Will Soon Be Charged for Single-Use Plastic Bags
Minister claims 70% of the population supports the end of free plastic bags.


May 2014:

France Ministry Approves Textile Stewardship Plan for Next Six Years
The plan sets a new goal to collect 50% of used and end-of-life textile products by 2019.

Estonian Parliament Takes Up Draft National Waste Plan
Plan sets a 50% national recycling rate target for 2020.

New Zealand Considers Product Stewardship for EEE, Tires and Other Products
A public consultation was launched on proposals contained in a government discussion paper.

Scottish Parliament Nears Finalization of Carrier Bag Regulations
Zero Waste Scotland offers advice to retailers on compliance.

Philippine Senate Resolution Signals Possible Changes to Solid Waste Management Act
The resolution's sponsor says the country could be facing "a garbage crisis."

European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Nanomaterials Information Transparency
Five options for making more information available to the public are being considered.

Czech Republic Publishes Draft Waste Management Plan
The 10-year plan incorporates EU Waste Framework Directive and other EU regulatory requirements.

Portugal Transposes Recast EU WEEE Directive into National Law
New law largely sticks to requirements called for by the European Union.

Australian Government Releases Latest Progress Report on National Waste Policy Implementation
The report highlights progress on 16 strategies from expanding product stewardship to reducing hazardous substances in products.

Local UK Governments Are Not Confident 2020 National Recycling Targets Will Be Met
Advisory committee says more national emphasis should be placed on waste prevention and recovery as energy

European Commission Launches Public Consultation to Possibly Revise EU Ecolabel Scheme
The consultation is the first step in a scheduled review of the authorizing regulation.

France Unveils Strategy to Reduce Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Strategy pulls European Commission toward advancing EU regulatory measures.

German Federal Cabinet Approves Changes to Packaging Ordinance
The changes will close loopholes that some producers have used to avoid fully funding packaging recovery obligations.

Wales Publishes Draft Guidance on Mandatory Separation of Four Recyclable Materials
The guidance focuses on commingled versus separately collected waste streams.

Japan Publishes 2012 Municipal Solid Waste Data
Total municipal solid waste decreased marginally from a year earlier.

Danish EPA Releases Report on Two Possible Methods to Boost Small WEEE Recycling
Report analyzes possible consumer reward system and producer fee differential based on treatment costs.


April 2014:

Full European Parliament Approves Phase Out of Single-Use Plastic Bags
Proposal passes with broad support.

European Commission Publishes Guidance on Interpreting Recast EU WEEE Directive
Guidance answers 52 frequently asked questions.

Ten-Year Waste Reduction Strategy Proposed for Queensland
The strategy seeks to optimize the economic benefits from reuse, recovery and recycling among other objectives.

New South Wales Consults on Update of Waste Act
However, no changes to current packaging recycling regulations are proposed.

New Government Sustainable Practices Seal Introduced by Brazilian Environmental Ministry
The seal recognizes three achievement levels.

Draft Resolution Introduced in French National Assembly Proposes Tax Cut on Waste Services
Sponsor of measure says it will help stimulate the transition to a circular economy.

Danish EPA Consults on 11 More Management Plans for Undesirable Chemicals in Products
The latest group of chemicals includes numerous phthalates and brominated flame retardants.

Estonia Approves Updated E-Waste Law
New law contains a provision to boost small WEEE recycling rate.

New Portuguese Regulation Establishes Waste Digital Media Collection Program
The Portuguese Environment Agency is responsible for the voluntary program.

Victorian Parliament Approves New Framework for Waste and Resource Recovery
Groups of local governments given responsibility for improving recovery rates.

Hong Kong Government Launches Pay-As-You-Throw Trial Program
The six-month trial will use 10,000 households.

City of Sao Paolo Begins New Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan
Landfill disposal expected to be reduced by 78% over the next 20 years.

UK Parliament Committee Concerned About English Waste Management Strategy
A consultation was launched on whether Defra's strategy will produce the needed results.


March 2014:

United Kingdom Lowers Glass Packaging Recycling Target
However, the target remains above the minimum set for EU Member States.

Norwegian Government Agency Proposes Changes to Container Recycling Regulations
Changes are expected to increase the recycling rate and "level the playing field" among beverage producers.

French Government Launches Public Consultation on Draft Waste Tire Law Revisions
Revisions incorporate some elements from various EU Directives approved during the past 12 years.

Efficient Use of Resources A Key Element in Draft French Sustainability Strategy
Public consultation launched on the strategy's recommendations.

ECHA Committee Raises Risk Category for Bisphenol A
The action follows a public consultation by the European Food Safety Authority on the chemicalís human health risks.

Government Says New Australian Electronics Stewardship Scheme Effectively Met Its First Collection Targets
However, higher collection targets are set for the current fiscal year.

Swedish Parliament Begins Investigation of BPA Use in Food Packaging and Medical Devices
Report with possible legislative proposals due by end of this year

Revisions Made to Taiwan Recycling and Waste Management Requirements
Changes include product recycling fees.

UK Parliament Committee Recommends Department of BIS, Not Defra, Manage the Emerging Waste-Based Economy
Defra is not focused on the economic benefits of waste, says report.

Bill Introduced in Brazilian Senado Would Encourage Recycling Through Product Tax Exemptions
The Senado bill is more generous than a Camara bill introduced last December.

2012 EU Municipal Solid Waste Data Released
Waste generation, landfill disposal and recovery as energy all down from a year earlier.

UK Government Concerned About Waste Diverted for Energy Recovery
Consultation launched on whether incineration is harming national recycling efforts.

Government Releases Discussion Paper on Possible Australian Battery Stewardship Scheme
The proposed scheme would cover most batteries that weigh less than five kilograms

EU Member States to Start Monitoring Brominated Flame Retardant Levels in Food
Action requested by the European Commission on behalf of EFSA.

European Parliament Committee Approves Use of Biodegradable and Compostable Bags
Approved draft report allows a variety of "economic instruments" to reduce plastic bag consumption in the EU.

New Danish WEEE Law Takes Effect
2015 recovery targets range from 85% to 75%, depending on the WEEE category.

Scottish EPA Finds Early Compliance with New Waste Regulations Encouraging
Initial waste inspections find a 74% compliance rate.


February 2014:

European Food Safety Authority Schedules Public Meeting on BPA Risks Consultation
The public consultation closes on March 13.

German Environment Agency Supports Expanding Recycling Tax on Plastic Bags
Biodegradable plastic not an alternative to traditional polymers, says agency executive.

Spain to Revise National Integrated Waste Plan
The revisions will bring Spain into compliance with EU Directive requirements.

New Croatian Waste Management Law Takes Effect
The law sets new requirements for waste management facilities permitting and operation.

Proposed Lithuanian Container Deposit Scheme Expansion Sent to Parliament
Amount of the deposit still not decided.

Latest EPR Plan in Parana Transcends Product Categories
Plan is different from those being implemented in other Brazilian states.

European Commission Says Only Ten EU Member States Have Waste Prevention Plans
All Member States were required to have them in place by December 13.

Colombian Government Issues Decree on Medical Waste Management
Decree outlines responsibilities of waste generators, transporters, disposal facilities and local health officials.

Indian Government Agency Publishes Report on Impact of Plastic Waste Disposal
Study shows leaching of heavy metals and phthalates is a problem.

Philippine Senate Resolution Calls for Investigation of Mislabeled Imported Waste
The resolution follows an incident where cargo containers labeled as plastic scrap contained garbage.

Hong Kong Government Unveils Plan to Divert Organic Waste from Landfills
Eight-year plan includes the construction of six organic waste treatment facilities.

France Consults on Using Wood Packaging for Energy Recovery
Proposed regulation would help prevent hazardous substances from entering fuel stock.

Scottish Government Announces New Fund for Recycling Infrastructure Improvements
Businesses with ideas to improve waste sorting, repairing/reuse and remanufacturing sought.

Switzerland Moving Forward with Resource Efficiency Plan
Federal Council plans to "reduce the environmental impact of products from production to consumption" as needed.

New Materials Recovery Facilities Regulations Introduced in UK Parliament
MRFs will need to sample and keep records of input materials and output materials.

Another Tax Credit for Recycled PET Use Proposed in Brazilian Camara
This credit would benefit small recycling businesses and waste picker cooperatives.

EC Committee Recommends Changes to Proposed EU Plastic Carrier Bags Regulations
Among the changes, separate deadlines for reducing lightweight plastic bags and very lightweight plastic bags.

Compliance Scheme for Waste Photovoltaic Modules Formed in France
Scheme announced as France finalizes revised WEEE regulations.

Australian Government Highlights Progress in Green Packaging Procurement and Recycling
Eighty-nine percent of government agencies report implementing sustainable packaging guidelines to some degree.

European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Possible News RoHS Restrictions
Several phthalates and flame retardants are among the 23 substances being considered for restriction in EEE.

Denmark EPA Offers Recommendations for Recovering Unaccounted WEEE
A new agency report claims up to 20% of Danish WEEE falls into "complementary streams."

National Tire Stewardship Scheme Launches in Australia
No waste tire collection targets included in initial five-year program.

Proposed English Plastic Bag Law Too Complex Says Parliament Committee
Proposed exemption by Defra for biodegradable bags could "undermine the reduction in bag use."

Proposed Brazilian Law Would Require Health Warning Messages on Mobile Phone Packaging
The bill addresses a possible link between electromagnetic radiation and cancer.


January 2014:

Knesset Approves Israeli E-Waste and Battery Recycling Law
New extended producer responsibility measure goes into effect on March 1.

State of Sao Paolo Opens Public Consultation on Solid Waste Plan
EPR programs will plan a major role in diverting consumer waste from landfills.

Dutch Environmental Secretary Unveils Eight-Point Plan to Achieve Circular Economy
Improved ecodesign of products, increased recycling and new supply chain initiatives among the recommendations.

New Packaging Fees Take Effect In Poland
The fees help cover packaging recycling costs.

Korea Issues Revised Standards for Use of Chemically Recycled PET and PEN in Food Contact Application
The revised standards are now in effect.

French Government Provides Major Funding For Scrap Tire R&D Projects
Alternatives to crumb rubber production and energy recovery being evaluated.

Danish EPA Releases Strategy to Recover Critical Resources from E-Waste
An alliance with targeted businesses is proposed to facilitate the recovery.

Croatian Publishes Draft WEEE Law and Opens Public Consultation
EEE producers would have new responsibilities for their end-of-life products.

Pesticide Packaging EPR Resolution Issued by Colombian Government
Pesticide producers and importers would need to recover 75% of their products and packaging by 2019.

Lithuanian Ministry of Environment Submits Proposed Container Deposit Scheme Changes to Parliament
Ministry claimed support for the changes in a recent public consultation.

European Parliament Committee Approves Plan to Increase Waste Shipment Inspections
Inspectors would also be given greater authority to conduct operations.

Brazilian Senate Investigates Lack of Progress on National Waste Policy Implementation
Only nine percent of municipalities have prepared the required solid waste management plans.

European Parliament Approves Resolution to Reduce Plastic Waste in the Environment
The resolution calls for binding recycling targets and a ban on "the most dangerous plastics," among other actions.

European Food Safety Authority Launches Public Consultation On BPA Public Health Risks
New draft opinion recommends lowering the tolerable daily intake for the chemical.

Bill Introduced In French Assembly Would Ban Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics
Contamination of plastic recycling streams and a lack of an environmental technical standard were two of the reasons cited for the proposed ban.

Brazilian State Environmental Agency Issues Call For Proposals For Tire EPR Program
The program would need to accept and process all tires weighing 2 kilograms or more

Western Australia Becomes Latest State to Try a Three-Bin Curbside Recycling Scheme
Local governments invited to apply for $7.5 million in funding for trial program.

France Publishes Draft Waste Prevention Plan
Seven percent overall waste reduction goal set for 2020.

European Parliament Committee Finalizing Recommendations On Reducing Plastic Bag Consumption
The report calls also for eliminating substances that are endocrine disrupting, carcinogenic, mutagenic, and toxic to reproduction in all types of packaging.

Revised Polish Packaging And Packaging Waste Law Begins To Take Effect
Registration requirements for producers and mandatory public awareness campaign funding among the many changes.

United Kingdom Considers Revising Glass Container Recycling Target For Businesses
A public consultation on options is open through January 17.

Finland Launches National Chemicals Communications Plan
Plan seeks to better educate consumers and ease fears they may have.

Hong Kong EPD Reports on Public Consultation Results For Proposed Glass Bottle RPS Scheme
A landfill ban on bottles to help boost recycling remains a possibility.


December 2013:

EU Launches Public Consultation On Certification Of Recycling Treatment Facilities
The proposed scheme would help reduce exports of illegal waste.

New English Waste Prevention Plan Asks Manufacturers To "Design Waste Out Of Products"
Among eight priority areas are plastic and paper waste, e-waste and healthcare and chemical waste.

Reducing Harmful Substances In Products Part Of New Welsh Waste Prevention Program
Extending product durability and increasing reuse are other major elements in program.

New Recycling Mark Proposed By French Government Comes Under Fire From Industry
The mark would be applied to most products and packaging having EPR programs.

Buenos Aires Expands Waste Separation And Recycling Requirements To Adjoining Cities
Separation to begin in February for high volume generators.

Taiwan EPA Announces New Recycling Fees On IT Equipment
Producers will begin to pay the new fees beginning on March 1, 2014.

France Launches Public Consultation On Revised E-Waste Law
Proposed revisions are a strict transposition of recast EU WEEE Directive.

Ireland May Overhaul Its End-Of-Life Vehicle EPR Regulations
Government report recommends giving more responsibility to vehicle producers.

Danish EPA Warns Online Beverage Seller About Container Deposit Scheme Noncompliance
Action sends a message to other internet beverage sellers about complying with the law

Parana Approves State Law Requiring Recycling Labels On Packaging
The new labels must include a bar code that can be scanned for take back information.

Bill Introduced In Brazil Would Eliminate Some Taxes On Products Made With Recycled Content
Products containing recycled plastic, rubber or paper/cardboard would be eligible.

European Commission Publishes Its First Resource Efficiency Scoreboard
The scoreboard presents Member State data on waste generation, recycling and other resource consumption related indicators.

German Environment Agency Releases 2014 Environmental Research Plan
Proposals solicited for 21 resource efficiency, recycling and waste management research projects identified in the plan.

ECHA Publishes Implementation Plan for Identifying Future Substances of Very High Concern
Plan outlines criteria for identifying new SVHCs and how their risk management options will be analyzed.

Draft Irish National Hazardous Waste Management Plan Released
Possible new EPR programs and substitution or reduction in use of hazardous materials and products in public procurement are among the plan's recommendations.

United Kingdom Launches Call For Evidence On Proposed Single-Use Plastic Bag Charge
Information sought on types of carrier bags distributed and their costs, possible use of biogradable/compostable bags, possible exemptions to proposed law and other subjects.

Philippine Senate Bill Would Require Government To Use More Recycled Paper
Purchases of recycled paper should be made if the cost is not more than 10% higher than non-recycled paper.

Finland Delays Implementation Of New Packaging EPR Regulations
Bill approved in Parliament pushes effective date back by a year.

European Parliament Committee Amends Draft Plastic Waste Resolution
Additions include restricting hazardous substances in plastics and reducing the negative environmental impacts of plastics through improved design measures.

Second Bill To Ban Waste Incineration Introduced In Brazilian Camara
Latest bill would force municipalities to implement required recycling programs.


November 2013:

UK Department of Environment Seeks Improvements In Biodegradable Plastic Bag Manufacturing, Collection And Processing
Consultant sought to analyze technologies and market situation and make recommendations.

Lithuanian Environmental Ministry Signs Agreement To Boost Small WEEE Collection
The agreement calls for a establishing a network of 1,000 small WEEE collection containers.

Spanish Environmental Ministry To Release State Waste Prevention Plan
Packaging, electronics, batteries and vehicles are priority waste product categories.

French Senate Report Seeks To Improve EPR Programs Contribution To Improved Eco-Design
The report includes 22 recommendations to improve product ecodesign and reduce waste generation.

Danish Government Launches Green Public Procurement Web Site
Recommended environmental criteria and standards for 70 types of products are featured.

Brazil Camara Bill Would Restrict Cadmium In Childrenís Jewelry and Accessories
Proposed restriction would be comparable to those in the United States and the European Union.

European Council Approves New EU Environmental Action Programme
The Programme calls for products to be more durable and provide lifecycle indicators and reducing the environmental impacts of packaging, among other requirements.

Mexico Launches Public Consultation On Sustainable Consumption And Production
The government is gathering stakeholder input to prepare the special program draft.

France Transposes Recast EU RoHS Directive Into Law
Decree restricts specified hazardous substances in EEE and sets requirements for the CE mark.

Brazilian Camara Bill Seeks To Regulate Potential Nanotechnology Risks
Nanotechnology would be subject to the requirements of the National Policy on Solid Waste.

Vietnamese Government Leaders Discuss Need For National E-Waste Recycling System
Current management regulations and infrastructure deemed insufficient.

London Launches Voluntary Program To Reduce Commercial Food Waste
Savings of £ 360,000 per year in food waste disposal costs expected.

European Commission Proposes Reducing Single-Use Plastic Bag Consumption
Each EU Member State would determine their individual method for ensuring reduction.

INTERPOL Launches New Effort To Combat Illegal International Waste Shipments
Electronics, batteries and tires among waste products targeted.

Danish Parliament Considers Adjusting Vehicle Scrappage Tax And Allowance
Environmental Ministers says adjustments needed to ensure solvency of the ELV recycling scheme.

Portugal Proposes Strategic Plan For Managing Municipal Wast
The strategic plan incorporates requirements and targets from several EU Directives.

Queensland Releases Illegal Dumping And Littering Action Plan
The government claims more than 20,000 tons of material is illegally dumped each year.

Puerto Rico Camara Bill Would Ban Unauthorized Disposal In Private Waste Containers
Violators could be fined $100 per incident.

Netherlands Reinstates Landfill Tax
Waste industry association says the tax will not increase recycling.

Lithuania Plans Container Deposit Scheme Expansion
Plastic and metal containers to be added.

Welsh Government Considers Landfill And Incineration Bans On Key Materials
A possible tax on waste commercial and industrial waste producers is also being evaluated.

UK Issues Guidance On Revised WEEE Regulations
Also, Environment Agency confirms new registration option for small volume producers.

Bill Introduced In Brazilian Camara Would Provide Tax Breaks For Recycling Training
The proposed incentive supports the National Policy on Solid Waste.

Philippine Senate Resolution Calls For Investigation Of Toxic Metals In Toys
Results of testing by local environmental group prompts senator to take action.

Norway Requests Information From Outdoor Clothing Industry About PFOA Use
Ban scheduled to take effect on June 1 may be delayed.


October 2013:

Brazilian Environmental Ministry Issues Edict For Waste Pharmaceuticals EPR Plan
The plan will be phased in across the country from 2014 through 2018.

New South Wales Releases Draft Waste Strategy
Strategy calls for improvements in curbside recycling, better eco-design of products, increased composting and separation of "problem wastes," among other initiatives.

Colombia Camara To Review Bill To Regulate Plastic Carryout Bags
The bill calls for a transition to using only biodegradable plastics.

Philippine Senate Resolution Calls For Investigation On Chemical Additives Used In Biodegradable Plastic Bags And Packaging
However, the resolution does not identify any chemicals of concern.

France Publishes Action Plan To Reduce Indoor Air Pollutants
New product labeling requirements and a public education campaign are two elements in the plan.

Finland Identifies Measures To Help Reduce Construction Waste, Increase Recycling
Recommendations outlined in industry-government working group report.

Danish Compliance Scheme Reports WEEE and Waste Batteries Collections Fell In 2012
However, Denmark remains well ahead of EU targets.

Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Tax Incentive For Products That Use Recycled Materials
Paper, cardboard and other cellulosic fibers now covered under amended bill.

Danish Government And Electronics Makers And Compliance Schemes Sign WEEE Projects Agreement
Improved EEE eco-design and WEEE collection, sorting and recycling expected.

Bill Introduced In Puerto Rican House Would Replace E-Steward Certification With Local Alternative
The bill states that the cost of e-Stewardship certification is "too expensive."

Report Says UK Met 2012 EU Glass Recycling Target
However, increasing commingled glass collection is rising, making a 2013 remelt target more challenging.

European Parliament Committee To Consider Criteria For Recovered Paper
Proposed end-of-waste regulation includes self-monitoring requirements and a Statement of Conformity for producers and importers.

Biodiesel Requirement Proposed by Brazilian Deputado
Minimum content levels for transesterified vegetable oil could make Brazil a leading green energy producer.

Italian Environmental Ministry Approves National Waste Prevention Program
Increased green public procurement, new EPR schemes and tax incentives for efficiently made products among the initiatives outlined.

Denmark Unveils National Resource Recovery Strategy
Recycling of materials will be prioritized over energy recovery.

Brazilian Deputado Calls For A National Ban On Waste Incineration
His bill proposes amending the National Policy on Solid Waste.

European Commission Consults On Green Action Plan For SMEs
A broad range of ideas to increase SME production efficiency floated.

European Parliament Approves Bans On Cadmium And Mercury In Batteries
Bans will amend Directive 2006/66/EC.

European Commission Launches Public Consultation On Reducing Marine Litter
Dozens of ideas are being floated, from banning plastic bottles and single-use bags to encouraging fisherman to collect debris.

Bill Introduced In Argentinean Senate Would Require EPR For E-Waste
Restrictions on hazardous substances are included in the bill.

Recent Argentinean Resolution Requires Conformity To Local Recycling Regulations
The measure is designed to increase recycling and enhance the quality of recovered materials.

New Scottish Government Action Plan Expected To Waste Generation By 15 Percent By 2025
Improved EPR, more sustainable product design, and reduced environmental impacts of packaging are part of the plan.

Brazilian Camara Bill Would Mandate Use Of LED Lighting In Government Buildings
Consumers would receive financial incentives to switch to the energy-efficient products.


September 2013:

Hong Kong Opens Public Consultation On Waste Charging Scheme
Residential, commercial, industrial waste sectors would all be paying new waste fees.

EU Parliament Committee Considers Plastic Waste Regulations
The proposal includes a 75 percent plastic recycling target for 2020.

ACR+ Calls For More Ambitious European MSW Recycling Targets
The local government organization also wants specific targets for paper, plastic, wood, metal and a biowaste recovery target.

Ecuador Environmental Ministry Begins Enforcing New Battery EPR Regulations
Regulations apply to most common batteries used in electronics.

Taiwan Drafts Resource Reuse and Recycling Act
The new Act integrates and updates existing laws.

OCED Council Says New Nanomaterials Safety Regulations Not Necessary
Council claims existing regulatory structures are sufficient to protect people and environment.

French Government Sets Support Fees For Waste Paper Processing
Recycling favored financially over waste-to-energy.

Northern Ireland Launches Public Consultation On Draft Waste Prevention Program
The program will continue and expand existing prevention efforts and add some new ones.

English Single Use Carrier Bag Charge Announced
Government minister says a five pence per bag charge will begin in 2015.

Brazilian Camara Proposal Would Create Corporate Registry Designation For Recycling Companies
Legislator suggests the designation may promote the recycling services industry.

Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Bill To Establish EPR For Veterinary Products Packaging
Revised bill would amend the National Policy on Solid Waste.

Brussels Agency Issues Call For Proposals To Reduce Packaging Waste
Selected businesses could receive up to 15,000 euros in funding.

Norway Announces Ban On PFOA
Manufacturers will have two years to phase out the chemical's use.

Latvia Approves Higher Environmental Taxes On Packaging, EEE and Some Automotive Products
Increases are part of Council of Ministers update of Law on Natural Resources.

Colombian Minister Of Environment Proposes National Plastic Bag Recycling Regulations
Most provisions of the resolution would begin to take effect on July 1, 2014.

Northern Ireland Government Decides Against Planned Single-Use Bag Tax Increase
Current rate of reduction in bag consumption cited as the reason for the decision.

IT Energy Efficiency Requirements Proposed In Brazilian Camara Legislation
The new bill would also reduce hazardous substances in IT products and used during their manufacture.

Philippine Senate Bill Would Require Energy-Efficient Lighting Products
The bill would also require extended producer responsibility for lighting products.

Victoria EPA Issues Draft Guidelines For Energy From Waste Projects
Guidelines state that residual waste, not recyclable materials, is best suited for EfW applications.

United Kingdom Will Repeal Site Waste Management Plan Regulations
The decision follows a public consultation conducted earlier this summer by the Defra.

EU Opens Public Consultation On Latest Proposed RoHS Directive Exemptions
Several new exemptions proposed.

Brazilian Senate Committee Hears Bill On Mandatory Sustainability Reporting
Annual reports would be required for all publicly traded Brazilian corporations.

Brazilian Camara Will Consider Bill Requiring Producer Responsibility For Pharmaceutical Packaging Waste
Veterinary medicine and packaging would also be covered by the proposed law.

Single-Use Bag Tax In Northern Ireland Already Reducing Bag Distribution Substantially
Environmental Minister highlights initial provisional data provided by retailers


August 2013:

Australian Federal Executive Council Officially Recognizes Northern Territory's Container Deposit Scheme
Scheme given new life with exemption granted under Commonwealth's Mutual Recognition Act.

Norwegian Environmental Agency Unveils New National Waste Strategy
Waste prevention is a primary objective; some new EPR schemes likely.

Chinese Environmental Ministry Developing Environmental Standards For Wood Products
Standards seek to minimize levels of toxic chemicals.

Appliance Recycling Level Fell Last Year In Japan
Ministry of Environment releases 2012 data.

Portugal Updates Packaging Waste Law
Examples of packaging and non-packaging added as required by revised EU Directive.

European Food Safety Authority Finds BPA Exposure From Packaging Lower Than Previously Thought
A public consultation has been launched on an expert panel's data assessment.

Norwegian Waste Generation Declines But Recycling Rate Appears Stagnant
Norwegian Environment Agency Director will propose a new strategy to increase recycling.

UK Holds Public Consultation On Updated English Waste Management Plan
Update required for compliance with the EU Waste Framework Directive.

Germany Consults On Technical Revision To Its Packaging Ordinance
Examples of packaging and non-packaging to be added to law.

China Updates Its Green Computer Government Procurement List
All listed products have a government certification number.

Philippine Senate Bill Would Require Stores To Recycle Plastic Bags
Reusable plastic bags collected by stores could be reissued to customers.


July 2013:

Colombian Government Approves National Guidelines For Managing WEEE
The guidelines include reducing the use of hazardous materials and adopting sustainable manufacturing processes.

Reducing Food Waste Part Of New European Commission Public Consultation On Food Sustainability
Consultation findings could eventually affect food producers and packagers.

Government-Sponsored Review Of Irish EPR Schemes Calls For Changes
Inconsistencies among the schemes and contractual weaknesses identified.

Plastic Bottle Ban Proposed In Puerto Rican Camara De Representantes
The ban would follow a one-year public education campaign about the law.

Philippines House Takes Up Restricting Single Use Plastic Carryout Bags
Three plastic bag bills were introduced just this month.

Chilean Government Moves Toward Mandatory Producer Responsibility Law
The Council of Ministers approves introducing an EPR bill in Congress.


June 2013:

KLIF Sets 2013-2014 Packaging Recycling Targets For Norway
Agency also publishes 2012 annual reports received from Norwegian packaging recycling schemes.

Environmental Secretary Submits Outline Of Transition To A Circular Economy To Dutch House Of Representatives
Increased eco-design of products, greater separation of waste and new green financial and other market incentives among the foundational elements recommended.

Waste Management Facility Plan Approved by Japanese Cabinet
The plan includes a 26 percent recycling target for municipal solid waste.

Bill Introduced In Hong Kong Seeks To Reduce Construction Waste Fly-Tipping
The Government also wants to expand capacity at all three of Hong Kong's existing landfills.

European Council And Parliament Agree To End Exemptions To Cadmium and Mercury Batteries Ban
Exemptions will sunset at the end of 2016.

Portugal Transposes EU RoHS Recast Into National Law
Agencia Portuguesa do Ambiente remains the enforcement authority.

Another Phthalate Appears Headed For ECHA's Candidate List
Germany plans to submit the dossier in August.

European Commission Launches Public Consultation On Revising Waste Targets
Targets include those established by the Landfill, Waste Framework and Packaging and Packaging Waste Directives.

Danish Parliament Begins Discussion Of Bill To Repeal Weight-Based Packaging Tax
If enacted, the tax would end in 2015.

Collection Of Waste And Unused Pharmaceutical Subject Of Brazilian Camara Bill
Drug manufacturers would be responsible for the environmentally safe disposal of collected pharmaceuticals.

Government Waste Batteries Collection Bill Introduced In Brazilian Camara
Agencies at all levels of government would install and manage waste battery collection containers.

EU Environmental Ministers To Discuss Possible Ban On Micro-Plastics Use Next Week
Proposed ban would support the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Nordic Council Of Ministers Publishes Guidance On Setting Waste Prevention Targets
The guidance addresses e-waste, food waste, textile waste and construction and demolition waste.

Danish Environment Ministry Delays Planned Ban Of Four Phthalates
Under pressure from Parliament, the Environmental Minister now says she will work with industry on a more gradual phase out.

Puerto Rican Camara De Representantes Takes Up Zero Waste Bill
The bill advocates implementing new product stewardship programs.

Brazilian Environmental Ministry Releases Sustainable Logistics Management Plan For Government Agencies
The Management Plan provides guidelines for federal agencies to purchase sustainable products and equipment.

Brazilian Senate Bill Lays Framework To Stimulate Transition To A Greener Economy
Federal government would be authorized to prepare regulations supporting more sustainable production.

Hong Kong Announces Waste Management Strategy
New producer responsibility programs will be considered as part of the strategy.

Latvian Ministry Publishes Bill To Establish A National Container Deposit Scheme
Many details of scheme are to be determined later by the Council of Ministers.


May 2013:

Bill Introduced In Puerto Rican House of Representatives Would Tax Plastic Bags
An initial $1 per bag tax would increase to $2 per bag a year later.

Brazilian Camara Bill Proposes Tax Breaks On Recycling Equipment Purchases
Purchasers would need to own the equipment for a two-year minimum and meet other requirements to receive the tax break.

Israeli Environmental Ministry Publishes Draft Green Marketing Claims Guidance
Public consultation on guidance opened.

Indian Government Prepares To Finalize Plastic Waste Management Action Plan
Action Plan gives waste-to-energy applications preference over recycling.

Two Litter Control Bills Introduced In The UK Parliament
The measures separately target littering around buildings and from vehicles.

Some Danish Parliament Members Concerned About Phthalates Ban's Effect On Sales Of Electronic Devices
The Minister of Environment is called to testify about a recent Executive Order before a Parliamentary committee.

European Commission Announces 2013 Grants Available For Eco-Innovation Projects
EUR 31.5 million available with priority given to proposals from small and medium size enterprises.

Government of Western Australia Planning Mattress Recycling Scheme
Government opens calls for "expressions of interest" to implement a 24-month pilot program.

Key Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Sustainability Seal For Amazon-Made Products
To receive the seal, products and their packaging will need to be reusable or recyclable, and meet other criteria.

Sao Paolo Government Signs Voluntary Automotive Oil Filter Stewardship Agreement
Plan sets a 2014 target to collect 830,000 pounds of waste filters.

Bill To Expand Hong Kong Plastic Bag Tax Published
Bill's introduced follows announcement of forthcoming legislation last week.

Mexico Updates National Waste Management Law Adding WEEE Provisions
The new provisions will require manufacturers to take back their end-of-life products.

Northern Ireland Proposes 60 Percent Household Waste Recycling Target
A bill to set the statutory target is being planned for next year.

Initial Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Bill
The bill would require product stewardship for the batteries.

German Agency Study Finds Some Batteries Contain Excessive Levels Of Heavy Metals
Nearly half of the zinc-carbon batteries tested exceeded the legal limit for cadmium.

German Federal Institute For Risk Assessment Releases Report On DEHP Levels In Food
The report suggests consumption of food with higher DEHP levels combined with other exposure routes could pose a cumulative health risk.

Chinese Ministry Of Health Updates List Of Chemicals Allowed In Food Packaging
Substances not on the pre-approved list will require special evaluation for food contact use.

Provisional Global Ban On Flame Retardant HBCD Approved At Stockholm Convention Meeting
Labeling requirements to be placed on insulation foam containing the chemical.

Swedish EPA Releases Draft National Waste Prevention Plan
The focus is on reducing food, textile, electronics, and construction and demolition waste.

Bill Proposed In Argentine Camara Would Require Warning Labels On All Mercury-Containing Lamp Packaging
The sponsor is concerned about health risks from broken and end-of-life lamps.

Resolution Introduced In German Parliament Calls For Mandatory Nano Products Registry
The resolution calls for a national registry that would parallel any registry adopted by the EU.

Hong Kong Government To Expand Single-Use Plastic Bag Tax
All retailers will soon be required to collect the tax.

German Environmental Ministry Promotes Refillable Beverage Containers
Consumers advised to check drink bottles on store shelves for the Blue Angel ecolabel.

New Waste Tax To Control Litter Proposed By Norwegian Government Agency
The tax would be applied to municipal property owners, not producers or packagers.


April 2013:

French Senate Debates Bill To Make Consumer Products More Durable
Sponsor of the bill argues that longer lasting products will reduce resource consumption and waste generation.

Latvian Cabinet of Ministers Approves Mandatory National Container Deposit Scheme
Government expects 60 percent of covered containers to be collected in first year.

Sustainability Seal For Food Establishments Proposed In Brazil
The seal would identify establishments that minimize food waste.

South Korean Government Concerned About Radiation Exposure From Mobile Phones
Ministry to release consumer guidelines on minimizing exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

Seven Baltic Region Countries Launch Joint Green Public Procurement Training Program
Program is hoped to boost green procurement of construction, information technology, transportation and food products.

UNEP Report Says Asian Pacific Region Resource Consumption Rate Is Unsustainable
Data indicates the countries are becoming "increasingly dependent on imported materials to sustain their economies."

Changes Proposed To Australian National TV And Computer Recycling Scheme
A government consultation is open through May 7.

Resolution In German Parliament Calls For Product Durability Law
Sponsors say the measure would increase German resource efficiency.

Brazilian Bill Would Require Manufacturers Provide Consumers With Durability Information On Their Products
The measure was presented in part as a means to conserve resources and reduce waste.

Iceland Updates Government Green Procurement Policy
Policy contains an action plan with deadlines for the government and its suppliers to follow.

Israeli MEP Publishes Information For Potential E-Waste And Battery Compliance Scheme Applicants
Publication follows passage of law last year mandating EEE and batteries EPR.

Bill Introduced In Scotland Would Institute New Landfill Tax
Existing UK Landfill Tax will end in Scotland in 2015.

Chinese Ministry of Commerce Issues Guidelines for EEE Reuse
While designed to protect consumers, guidelines will also divert used EEE from waste stream.

European Commission Proposes Implementing EU-Wide Green Products Performance Standards
The Commission is seeking volunteer producers and organizations to participate in a three-year developmental phase of the project.

Bill To Provide Tax Breaks On Recycling Equipment Introduced In Brazilian Camara
Equipment to recycle packaging, electronics, batteries, plastics, construction and demolition waste among more than a dozen types identified in the bill.

Scottish Government Considers Tightening Scrap Metal Licensing Law
Consultation launched on proposal to deter scrap metal theft.

Japanese Ministry of Health Issues New Standard For Recycled Paper In Food Contact Applications
The Ministry is concerned about possible migration of chemicals.

French Ministry of Ecology Calls For Ban On BPA In Thermal Paper Receipts
The announcement coincides with release of an ANSES report on the health effects of BPA.

Danish Government Agencies Release Draft Strategy To Regulate 26 Phthalates
A public consultation on the proposed strategy is open through April 29.

Brazilian Camara To Begin Discussion Of Mercury-Containing Lamps Stewardship Bill
The bill calls for manufacturer collecting and recycling of lamps and a consumer awareness program

Norwegian Agency Publishes Guidance Document On Construction Products With Hazardous Substances.
The agency says the guidance will help design and construction professionals conduct required safer substitution assessments.

Danish EPA Publishes Strategies To Reduce Use Of Hazardous Chemicals
Separate strategies for first ten of 40 targeted chemical released; consultation launched.

Japanese Ministry Of Environment Reports 2011 Packaging Recycling Results
Nearly 80 Percent of PET bottles were reported being collected.

French Ministry of Ecology Extends Printed Paper Stewardship Agreement
Agreement sets a 60 percent recycling target for 2018.


March 2013:

European Commission Launches Public Consultation On Plastic Waste
A landfill ban on plastic is being considered.

UK Government Launches Consultation To Create National Waste Prevention Program
Food, electronics, construction materials and paper/cardboard are among the priorities.

Bill Introduced In Brazil Would Establish Extended Producer Responsibility For Automobiles
The program would cover passenger vehicles and heavy and light trucks.

Irish Environmental Registry Approves New Food Waste Separation Regulations
National curbside collection and composting scheme will begin rolling out this summer.

National Litter Prevention Law Proposed In Brazil
Municipalities would be required to set fines for littering.

China Ministry of Environmental Protection Releases List Of Priority Hazardous Chemicals
Phthalates, bisphenol A, formaldehyde and 4-nonylphenol among targeted substances.

Bill Introduced In Germany Seeks More Rigorous Protection Against Hazardous Substances In Consumer Products
Support for more durable, less wasteful products included in measure.

Australian Federal Court Rules That Northern Territory's Container Deposit Scheme Is Illegal
NT Government said it will approach the Council of Australian Governments to re-establish the scheme legally.

National Ban On Polystyrene Foam Proposed In Philippines
Manufacturers would be encouraged to develop recyclable and/or biodegradable alternatives.

China Announces Plan To Reduce Mercury Levels In Fluorescent Lamps
Progressive mercury reduction targets set for 2013 through 2016.

UK Publishes Specification For WEEE Reuse
Specification works in conjunction with new certification program and registration mark.

Swedish Energy Agency Highlights Energy Efficiency Gains In Video Game Consoles
Latest test results show devices are getting greener without mandated targets.


February 2013 articles:

Swedish Chemicals Agency Proposes Tax On Products Containing Hazardous Substances
The proposal also looks beyond Sweden to the entire European Union.

Hong Kong Releases Draft Plan For Glass Bottle Producer Responsibility Scheme
Landfill ban on covered glass containers being considered.

Brazilian Environmental Ministry Gazettes Notice For Electronics Stewardship Proposals
The approved reverse logistics scheme must collect at least 17 percent of covered devices within the first five years.

Norwegian Government Agency Publishes Report On Hazardous Substances In Plastics
Migration of hazardous substances in recycled plastics a concern.

UK Scrap Metal Dealers Bill Approved By House Of Lords
Measure will become law upon Royal Ascent, which is expected soon.

South Australia Government Launches Voluntary Soft Plastic Recycling Program
Consumers asked to turn in waste plastic bags from bread, frozen foods, dry foods, newspapers and other products.

German Federal Cabinet Approves New Drink Packaging Regulation
Draft regulation seeks to encourage use of refillable glass bottles.

Overall Packaging Recycling Rate Dipped In UK In 2012
Lackluster data fuels concern about government's ambitious plastics recycling targets.

Swedish Chemicals Agency Outlines Future Direction Of Toxic Chemicals Reduction
New government report describes toxic chemicals in products called "a growing problem."

German Government Agency Recommends Restricting Anthraquinone In Food Contact Applications
Agency calls on other EU Member States to consider implementing restrictions.

French Senate Approves Extension Of E-Waste Law Requirement
The approved bill was introduced yesterday in the National Assembly.

South Africa Releases Draft National Strategy For Composting Organic Waste
Strategy would not only divert waste from landfills but establish a new industry and create jobs.

New MRF Regulations Proposed In The United Kingdom
Government wants tests of the quality of recycled output to help boost recycled materials use.

Pakistan Bans Non-degradable Plastic Bags
Beginning in April, only oxo-biodegradable bags will be permitted.

Bogota Resolution Establishes List Of Recyclables Required For Source Separation
The resolution follows publication of a municipal degree requiring curbside source separation.

Welsh Government Releases Draft Regulations To Reduce C&D Waste
Site waste management plans would be required prior to the start of most construction projects.

Republic of China FDA Proposes Ban on BPA In Baby Bottles
A ban on manufacturing and importation would begin on September 1.


January 2013 articles:

Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment Signs Cell Phone Recycling Agreement With Industry
Landfill disposal and incineration of unwanted phones will be prohibited.

Colombian Ministry of Health Issues Regulations On Recycled Plastics In Food And Drink Packaging
The regulations address possible migration of plastic contaminants and include some substance prohibitions.

European Parliament Committee Updates Recommendations On Endocrine Disruptors Legislation
One amendment sets June 1, 2015 as the deadline for introducing legislation.

Swedish EPA Concerned About Increase In Country's Waste Generation
National waste prevention measures to be unveiled in December.

Northern Ireland Approves Tax On Single Use Plastic Bags
The tax will take effect on April 8 of this year.

Brazilian Ministry of Environment Holds First Working Group Meeting On Reducing Plastic Bag Consumption
Separately, a bill being discussed in the Senate would ban the distribution of disposable plastic bags.

ECHA Proposes Possible Total Ban On Cadmium In Plastics
A public consultation on the proposal is open through February 13.

French National Assembly Discusses Possible Health Risks From Wireless Networks
Bill under consideration includes provisions for warning labels on packaging of wireless devices and a ban on WiFi networks in childcare centers.

Swiss Parliament Agrees To Ban On Single Use Plastic Bags
Federal Council now must decide how to implement the Parliament's decision.

Korea Food And Drug Administration Issues Revised Standards and Specifications for Food Utensils, Containers and Packages
The revisions move to harmonize Korean standards with international standards.

Brazilian House Committee Approves End-Of-Life Vehicles Stewardship Bill
ELVs bill attached to a second bill that addresses automotive glass recycling.

French Government Launches Web Site For Nanomaterials Reporting
Producers and importers must now declare nanomaterials under French law.

Japan Consults On Small WEEE Recycling Act
New e-waste recycling marks also introduced.

Brazilian Lubricating Oil Packagers Sign Stewardship Agreement With Government
A national collection scheme for waste packaging will roll out in three stages.

South Australia Announces E-Waste Recycling Infrastructure Grants
The funding will help prepare for an expected increase in waste CRT TVs.

Danish EPA Tests For Heavy Metals In Packaging
Three of 167 samples analyzed were found to exceed the permissible level.

Colombian Environmental Ministry Releases EPR Programs Collection Data
24,000 tons of end-of-life products have been collected for recycling during four-year period.


December 2012 articles:

Tasmanian Government Launches Consultation On Proposed Single Use Plastic Bags Ban
Text of bill has yet to be drafted, but passage of law appears likely.

New Zealand Government Considers Separating Plastics With BDEs From Rest Of E-Waste Stream
BDEs were found in many of 200 e-waste samples analyzed in a pilot study.

United Kingdom Drafts Regulation To Amend Packaging Waste Law
Packaging materials targets, including a split target for glass, set through 2013 through 2017.

French Environmental Minister Calls For Extension Of EEE Stewardship Fees
A group of ministers will push for a new bill in the French Parliament.

Illegal Waste Dumping Incidents In UK Fell In Last Reporting Year
Two-thirds of reported incidents involved small quantities of household waste.

Peru Exports Five Tons Of Mobile Phone Waste To US And Mexico
Shipment highlights the emergence of e-stewardship under recently enacted national law.

French Senate Approves Ban On BPA In All Food Contact Materials
Same amendment also bans some uses of medical tubing containing DEHP and calls for study on banning other phthalates in medical products.

Hong Kong Proposes Restricting Six Phthalates In Child Care Products And Toys
Proposal would bring Hong Kong standards in alignment with those in the US, EU and other places.

Bogota Enacts New Municipal Waste Law
Residents in the Colombian capital will be required to separate their recyclables.

Australian Government Appoints Product Stewardship Advisory Group
The group will provide advice on candidate products for new stewardship programs.

Environmental Education Bill Introduced In Brazilian Camara
Educational campaigns would be tied to funding of mandated solid waste management plans.

Swedish Government Finds Producers Are Concerned About Toxics In Recycled Content
Agency makes policy recommendations for increasing recycled content use.

Mexican Imports Of US Waste Lead-Acid Batteries More Than Quadrupled, Says Draft CEC Report
Mexican environmental safety regulations for secondary smelters deemed inadequate.

Danish EPA Unveils Recommendations For Improving Eco-Design Of Electronics
The nine recommendations could help increase the recycling rate for WEEE, claims the agency.

Brazilian Senate Committee Close To Approval Of Green Seal for Amazon-Based Products
The proposed "Preservation of the Amazon" seal could help conserve the region's natural resources.

Latest EU Environment Action Program Will Maintain Waste Management And Hazardous Chemicals Protection As Key Issues
However, both issues are presented as ones that support the EU economy.

Bill Introduced In The Philippines Would Restrict Toxic Chemicals In Children's Products
A half dozen toxic metals, a number of phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA), among other chemicals, are targeted in the bill.

Japan Extends Deadline for Processing PCB Waste
Original deadline deemed too difficult to meet.

Producers Will Soon Need To Register Their Nanomaterials In Norway
Government agency says information collection push will begin in the spring.


Novmber 2012 articles:

Brazilian Environmental Ministry Creates Plastic Bag Consumption Working Group
The working group will present options in six months on possible national regulations.

Norway Places Restrictions On TCEP and D4
Both chemicals were placed on Norway's "priority list."

EU Environment Commissioner Says Marine Litter Reduction Targets May Soon Be Proposed
Plastic packaging would be the likely focus of reduction efforts.

European Parliament Committee To Vote On Endocrine Disruptors Policy Next Month
Full Parliament scheduled to debate proposed new legislation in February.

Four Exemptions To EU RoHS2 Sought
European Commission launches public consultation.

Swiss Government Updates Regulations On Chemicals Used In Products
The changes will take effect on December 1; chemicals placed on phase out list.

Northern Ireland Releases Draft Revised Waste Management Strategy
Strategy includes dozens of actions the government will take and targets for recyclables ranging from end-of-life vehicles to materials collected at curbside.

Brazilian Senate Debates Tax Deductions For Recycling Financial Contributions
Deductions would be applied to corporate income taxes.

German Environmental Agency Concerned About Inadequate Critical Materials Recovery
The German per capita raw materials consumption level is unsustainable, says agency head.

Northern Territory Releases First Annual Report On Its Container Deposit Scheme
The highest return rate was for aluminum cans: 30.8 percent.

UBA Releases Latest Report On German Packaging Waste Recovery
Waste generation increased by 5.9 percent to roughly 16 million tons, recycling rate down marginally.

Victorian Ministry of Environment Launches Consultation On Draft Waste And Resource Recovery Policy
Products and commodities produced from recovered waste are the foundation for the proposed policy.

Scotland Establishes Voluntary Standard For Reused Products
The standard is expected to help keep products from entering waste streams prematurely.

Brazilian Government Considers Nanomaterials Regulations
First public hearing in Camara du Deputados scheduled for later this month.

Consumer Household Hazardous Waste Guide Published By French Government
Guide recommends reducing the use of some hazard-presenting products.

Polish Municipalities Need To Accelerate Progress On Mandatory Waste Management Plans
Ministry for the Environment releases survey findings on implementation status.


October 2012 articles:

Scottish Government Consults On Planned National Landfill Tax
However, details of the tax remain to be finalized.

Brazilian Camara Committee Debates Reused Products Bill
Proposed legislation would divert waste from landfills through a tax exemption on reconditioned products.

Hong Kong Cuts Landfill Disposal Of Plastic Waste By 13 Percent
Recently released 2011 government data shows 2.6 percent reduction in overall solid waste disposal.

Norwegian Government Agency Releases Report On Landfill Leachate Pollutants
Agency claims that landfills are the largest source of bisphenol A (BPA) in the environment.

Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Hazardous Materials In Plastic Shoes
Findings will trigger disclosure requirements under Article 33 of REACH.

Bill Introduced In France Calls For A National Container Deposit Scheme
The measure was proposed to reduce litter.

Sweden Publishes Draft Of Revised RoHS Regulations
Revisions transpose EU's RoHS2 into Swedish law.

Scottish Government Releases Recyclates Quality Action Plan
Improving the quality of output from MRFs considered vital to meeting the country's zero waste goals.

Northern Ireland Fights New Environmental Crime: Laundered Fuel Waste Dumping
Government asks public to report suspicious activity to Crimestoppers.

Nordic Countries Agree To Coordinate Efforts On New Energy-Efficient Products
Multinational coordination expected to facilitate EU required testing while saving costs.

German Environmental Agency Says Bioplastics Not Environmentally Advantageous
Agency recommends that special take back provisions for bioplastic packaging should expire at the end of this year.

Hungarian Parliament Approves National Waste Law
New law will enter force on January 1, 2013.

Latvia Publishes Draft National Waste Management Plan
Public consultation on plan launched by Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.

Danish E-Waste Collections Totaled 84,322 Tons In 2011
New government data shows Denmark easily surpassed the current EU target.

Voluntary UK Grocery Packaging Reduction Agreement Shows Positive Results
Supply chain waste reduction has exceeded target, says Waste Resources Action Programme.

French Senate Committee Approves Bill Banning BPA In All Food Contact Packaging
The approval moves the bill to the full Senate for debate next week.

National TV Recycling Program Launched In New Zealand
The program relies on government subsidizes rather than product stewardship fees for funding.

Norway Releases Draft RoHS2 Regulations
Public consultation will remain open until November 23.

Finland Announces Five-Year National Lubricating Oil Recycling Plan
The government awarded a sole contract to an environmental services firm.

Packaging Product Stewardship Bill Progressing In Brazilian Camara
Cosmetics manufacturers and importers to be responsible for collecting their plastic and glass packaging waste.

Slovenian Ministry Releases Draft Revised Biodegradable Waste Law
The proposed law sets new requirements for biodegradable waste processing facilities and mixed waste treatment centers.

Bill Introduced In Brazil Would Mandate Recycling Instructions On Packaging
Author claims provision will increase the effectiveness of the National Policy on Solid Waste.

Bulgarian Ministry Releases Draft Ordinance On Packaging And Packaging Waste
Regulations set requirements for extended producer responsibility, collection and sorting responsibilities of municipalities and recycling targets for materials.

French Ministry Of Ecology Negotiates New National Paper EPR Agreement
The agreement includex a 60 percent recycling rate target.

2011 Swedish Biogas Energy Production Rose To Nearly 1,500 GWH
New Swedish Energy Agency report says landfills generated 18 percent of that nation's biogas supply..

Plastic Bag Tax Takes Effect Today In Bulgaria
Last minute changes to new law were negotiated with the plastics industry association.

Korean MoE To Restrict Phthalates And Other Chemicals In Children's Products
Restrictions to go into effect in September 2013.


September 2012 articles:

Danish Government To Create Database Of Products Containing Nanomaterials
Manufacturers and importers will need to register their products with the Ministry of Environment.

EU Environment Commissioner Calls For Less Plastics Energy Recovery, More Recycling
A green paper on plastic waste in the environment will be released soon.

Government Report Says Norway Could Increase Plastics Recycling By 87 Percent By 2020
Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency says more producer responsibility programs are key to the increase.

London Assembly Adopts Resolution Calling For English Plastic Bag Tax
The sponsor of the motion claims voluntary reduction efforts by businesses have failed.

Swedish Government Begins Investigating Whether Plastic Pipe Leaches BPA Into Drinking Water
Final report expected to be released next year.

UK Scrap Metal Bill Passes Second Reading In House of Commons Committee
The bill to update scrap dealer requirements will be debated by Full House in November.

National Container Deposit Scheme Bill Voted Down In Australian Senate
The vote came only three weeks after state environmental ministers agree to research implementing a deposit scheme

Bill Introduced In UK Parliament Would Require Use Of Plastic Bottles In Pubs
Use of glass bottles in violent incidents cited as reason for the measure.

Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Bill To Cut Taxes On Products Made With Recycled Materials
However, the committee's approval is only the first step in the bill becoming law.

Minas Gerais Government Considers Reusable Shopping Bag Deposit Scheme
Proposal comes as state government, public consumer advocate's office and supermarkets seek alternative to failed plastic bag law.

Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Excessive Lead Levels In Sampled Consumer Electronics
Products directed pulled from stores; manufacturers contacted about the violations.

Industry Proposes Expanded WEEE Collection Network To Dutch House Of Representatives
Other recommended government actions outlined in white paper handed to Dutch House Representative.

Brazil Gazettes New Battery Recycling Regulations
Battery producers, importers, transporters and recyclers must register with the government and submit annual reports.

Romanian Environment Minister Signs Cooperative Agreements For E-Waste Collection
Collections will cover waste electronics, lamps and batteries.

EU Parliament Committee To Approve Energy Star Renewal Agreement With US
However, EU and US programs will differ on the use of third-party certification for registering products.

ECHA Proposes Adding 54 Chemicals To Its Substances of Very High Concern List
Public consultation on proposed additions open through October 18.

Overall Norwegian Packaging Recovery Rate Improved To 95 Percent In 2011
While rates increased or held steady for most materials, the rate for polystyrene foam fell.


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