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State Recycling Laws Update

April 2022:

Kentucky Becomes Latest State to Enact "Advanced Recycling" of Waste Plastics Law
Two other states passed similar legislation earlier this year.

Pittsburgh City Council Approves Ordinance Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags
The ordinance also will establish a reusable bag pilot program.

Hawaii Senate Approves Resolution Supporting New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Resolution
The concurrent resolution is being considered by the House of Representatives.

Ontario Legislative Assembly Bill Seeks to Reduce Microplastic Pollution from Washing Machines
The measure would require special filters on washing machines.

Proposed NYC Council Measure Would Require Larger Retail Food Stores to Support the City’s Food Donation Portal
Violations could result in monthly penalties of up to $10,000.

Virginia Governor Issues Executive Order to Help Increase Recycling
However, the EO eliminates a plan to phase-out single use plastics purchased by state agencies and institutions.

New Jersey Lawmaker Proposes Establishing an Electric Vehicle Battery Recycling Task Force
The task force would conduct a study and report on its findings.

Maryland General Assembly Approves Bill Banning PFAS in Food Packaging and Other Products
The ban will take effect on January 1, 2024.

Vermont House of Representatives Approves Household Hazardous Waste Product Stewardship Bill
The bill is being reviewed in the Senate.

West Virginia Legislature Approves Bill Establishing Advanced Recycling of Waste Plastics
West Virginia becomes the second state to approve such legislation this year.

Vermont House of Representatives Approves Food Depackaging Facilities Bill
A Senate committee currently is reviewing an amended version of the legislation.

Companion Bill Introduced in New York Senate Would Specify Colors for Compostable Plastic Carryout Bags
A companion bill was introduced in the New York Assembly late last year.

Bill Introduced in US Senate Would Help Build National Recycling Infrastructure
The proposal calls for a new grants program to be administered by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Rhode Island Senate Resolution Calls for Recyclable Materials Market Study
The resolution indicates support for a container deposit scheme.

New York City Council Member Wants Better Record Keeping from Scrap Metal Processors
A proposed law seeks to reduce transactions involving stolen recyclable metals.

Recycling and Composting Accountability Act Proposed in US Senate
The Act directs the Environmental Protection Agency to prepare several reports including one on the prospect of a "national residential composting strategy for compostable materials."

Public Schools Composting Bill Advances in Maryland General Assembly
The bill would provide grants to support food waste diversion efforts.

Rhode Island Senate Bill Would Lower Generation Thresholds for Entities That Must Recycle Food Waste
The new thresholds would begin to take effect on January 1, 2023.

Oregon Governor Signs Mattress Product Stewardship Bill into Law
Plans for stewardship programs will need to be submitted to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality by October 1, 2023.

Bill to Ban Mercury-Containing Fluorescent Lamps Clears Vermont House of Representatives
The proposed ban would take effect on January 1 of next year.


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