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State Recycling Laws Update

April 2019:

Evaluation of Plastic Packaging Waste Management Bill Approved by Washington State Legislature
The evaluation must include possible product stewardship to reduce plastic packaging waste and increase recycling.

Bill to Reduce Single-Use Plastics Consumption in North Carolina Introduced in General Assembly
Among the provisions in the bill are a study of the issue and implementation of a government pilot program.

Oregon Senate Approves Restriction on Distribution of Single-Use Plastic Straws
The measure is being considered in the House of Representatives.

Latest Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Straws Introduced in Pennsylvania General Assembly
Violations of the law would produce civil penalties as high as $2,000 per offense.

Largely Symbolic Single-Use Plastic Fee Zone Designation Resolution Passed by Hawaii Senate
The House of Representatives is considering the resolution.

Washington State Legislature Approves Law Creating State Recycling Development Center
The new law also requires that Department of Ecology to prepare a state recycling contamination reduction and outreach plan.

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Proposes More Than Doubling the State Recycling Fee
The lawmaker noted the fee has not increased in more than 30 years while recycling costs have.

Support for Sustainable Chemistry Proposed in Bill Introduced in US Congress
The bill would establish an interagency entity to facilitate sustainable chemistry activities being undertaken by the federal government.

Bill Introduced in Delaware Would Restrict Flame Retardant Chemicals in Several Categories of Products
Ten chemicals were proposed for restriction.

Maryland Becomes First US State to Ban Polystyrene Foam Food Service Products
The ban takes effect on July 1, 2020.

Maine House of Representatives Approved Ban on Polystyrene Foam Food Service Containers
The bill now must pass the Senate.

Bill Banning Some Single-Use Plastics Unanimously Approved in Vermont Senate
The bill was sent to the House of Representatives for review.

Two State Legislatures Enact Laws to Support Gasification and Pyrolysis of Waste Plastic
The two states joined several others that enacted similar laws in previous years.

Maryland General Assembly Approves Law Requiring Recycling in Office Buildings
The requirement will apply to office buildings having at least 150,000 square feet of office space.

Bill Introduced in New York Assembly Would Mandate All State and Municipal Governmental Entities Establish Recycling Programs
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation would promote actions in support of the recycling programs.

Landfill Disposal Tax Changes Proposed in North Carolina General Assembly
The tax would decrease and the distributed tax revenue amounts would change.

Two Bills Addressing Waste Tires Introduced in New York State Legislature
Both bills address waste tires generated by the agricultural industry.

Use of Green Cleaning Products in Schools Subject of Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania General Assembly
Biodegradability, low toxicity, low volatile organic compound content, and reduced packaging are among the attributes of such cleaning products.

New York State Legislature Approves Ban on Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bags
New York joins California in banning the bags statewide.

Washington Senate Approves Substitute Bill to Assess Plastic Packaging Waste Issues
The Department of Ecology would be responsible for conducting the assessment and making recommendations to reduce plastic packaging waste.

Resolution Introduced in Maine Legislature Calls for Product Stewardship of Packaging
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection would develop proposed legislation.

Ban on Single-Use Plastics Proposed in Ontario Legislative Assembly
The ban would apply to single-use plastic bags, water bottles, coffee cups, straws and drink stirrers among other items.

Repeal of Cell Phone Recycling Reports Proposed in Maine Bill
Cell phone services providers submit the reports to the Department of Environmental Protection annually.

Battery Recycling Study Bill Introduced in New York Assembly
A report of study findings would be submitted to the legislature and governor before the 2021 legislative session.

Bill Supporting Gasification and Pyrolysis of Plastic Waste Passed by Tennessee Senate
The measure was sent to the House where a companion bill is already making progress.

Utah Governor Signs Bills into Law Extending Two Waste-Related Acts
The measures address used lubricating oil and hazardous waste.

Colorado Bill Would Increase Waste Tire Fee Temporarily to Encourage More Waste Tire Processing
The fee increase would support government rebates for the use of waste tires.

Vermont Senate Approves Bill to Create Interagency Committee on Toxic Chemicals
The bill is being considered in the House of Representatives.

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