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February 2020:

Democrats in US Congress Cosponsor Bill to Reduce Plastic Pollution Nationally
Among the many provisions in the bill is national producer responsibility for products and packaging.

Canadian Parliament Bill Would Ban Export of 31 Types of Plastic Waste
Better regulation of the transboundary plastic waste movement became part of the Basel Convention last year.

Two Disposable Carryout Bag Bills Approved in Different Chambers of Virginia General Assembly
Both bills would impose a five-cent tax on disposable plastic bags.

Two State Legislatures Consider Bills Banning Plastic Filters for Cigarettes
Legislation in one state includes a ban on single-use electronic cigarettes.

Disposable Plastic Bag Bill in Iowa Legislature Would Place Fees on Manufacturers
Manufacturer fees would also apply to single-use plastic containers and straws.

Bill to Prevent Local Single-Use Plastics Ordinances Introduced in Kansas Legislature
Ordinances adopted before July 1, 2020 would be allowed to continue in force.

Illinois Lawmakers Consider Bill to Ban Plastic Straws
The ban would take immediate effect.

Packaging Stewardship Bill Introduced in Maine Legislature
A single stewardship organization would represent all participating packaging producers.

Idaho Lawmaker Proposes Repealing State Law Preventing Local Auxiliary Container Ordinances
The state law was approved only four years ago.

Repeal of State Container Deposit Scheme Proposed by Iowa Legislator
The bill also would redirect unpaid deposit refunds to increasing recycling and providing shelter for the homeless for an interim period.

Florida Recycling Working Group Proposed in Companion Florida Legislature Bills
The 11-member group would consist of government, industry and non-profit organization representatives.

Hotels Would Be Required to Recycle Specified Materials under Maryland House Bill
Local governments would be responsible for enforcing the state law.

Sustainable Materials Management Program Proposed in Maryland General Assembly
Funding for the program would come from government and industry sources.

Legislature in Minnesota is the Latest to Consider Ban on PFAS in Food Packaging
At least five other states are considering similar legislation.

Washington State Senate Approves Single-Use Carryout Bags Bill
The measure has been forwarded to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Second Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Introduced in Rhode Island General Assembly
The second bill addresses paper bag use differently than the first.

Study of Microplastic Pollution Called for by South Carolina Senator
The study would include recommended methods or mechanisms for removing microplastics from the environment.

Lawmakers in West Virginia and Arizona Want to Ban Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging
At least a half dozen other states are considering similar bills.

Illinois Lawmaker Proposes Ban on Plastic Straws
Restaurants and bars that violate the law could be fined $25 per day.

Study of Possible Maryland Container Deposit Scheme Called in House of Delegates
The proposed scheme would be expected to achieve a 90% container deposit redemption rate.

Pair of Bills in Michigan Legislature Seek to Deter Container Deposit Redemption Fraud
One bill would establish a bottle bill enforcement fund.

Repeal of State Auxiliary Containers Law Proposed in Arizona Senate
The law was approved only five years ago.

Food Donation and Recycling Bill Introduced in Maryland General Assembly
The donation/recycling would begin in 2021 starting with the largest food waste generators.

Resolution in South Carolina Senate Calls for Five-Year Plan to Reduce Organic Waste Generation
The measure also requires a pilot program and a report on results from the program.

EPR Program for Electronics Proposed in Arizona State Legislature
The proposed program would take effect on January 1, 2021.

Marine Debris Pilot Program Proposed by Hawaii Senator
The pilot program would pay a fee for eligible marine debris delivered to an approved recycling center.

Two State Legislatures Consider Amending Littering Laws
One bill would make illegal dumping of more than 15 pounds of solid waste a misdemeanor.

Arizona State Legislature Is the Latest to Consider Prohibiting PFAS in Food Packaging
The same bill also would prohibit phthalates in food packaging.


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