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February 2019:

Tax on Single-Use Checkout Bags Proposed in Illinois General Assembly
The tax paid by consumers would be collected indirectly by bag wholesalers and remitted to the Department of Revenue.

Negative Impact of Disposable Plastic Bags on Storm Sewers Cited as Reason for Proposed Limited Bag Bans in Texas
The bans could be adopted only by smaller municipalities that would need to meet specified criteria.

Bills in Six More State Legislatures Would Restrict Distribution of Disposable Plastic Straws
A dozen or more legislatures currently are considering restrictions.

Washington Senate Resolution Seeks China Doing More to Prevent Marine Plastic Pollution
The bipartisan resolution asks President Trump to discuss the matter with Chinese officials.

New York City Council Bill Calls for an Investigation into Alternatives to Food Service Single-Use Plastic Items
Single-use plastic items could be banned if the Commissioner of Sanitation finds practical alternatives are available.

Container Deposit Scheme Proposed in West Virginia Legislature
The bill would apply a 10-cent deposit on a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in containers of one gallon or less in volume.

Utah Lawmakers Wants to Prohibit Local Governments from Enacting Auxiliary Container Ordinances
Lawmakers in South Carolina are considering a similar bill

Eight Vermont Lawmakers Cosponsor HHW Product Stewardship Bill
The proposed stewardship program would begin on January 1, 2022.

Blanket Product Stewardship Bill Introduced in New York State Legislature
The bill would require stewardship programs for all consumer goods.

Kentucky Bill Concerns Citizen Complaints against Solid Waste Facilities
The Energy and Environment Cabinet would have new responsibilities regarding recordkeeping and reporting of citizen complaints.

Proposed Change to Texas Law Would Mandate Regular Solid Waste Facilities Inspections
Facilities that violate state waste management rules would be inspected more often.

Bill Encouraging Gasification of Waste Plastics to Be Considered in Rhode Island General Assembly
The Tennessee General Assembly is considering a pair of similar bills.

Reducing Coffee Cups Waste is the Goal of New York City Council Bill
Food service establishments would be required to fill reusable beverage containers brought by customers.

Vermont May Ban PFAS in Food Packaging
With the introduction of S.101, Vermont lawmakers join lawmakers in New York and Rhode Island in efforts to ban PFAS in food packaging.

More Restrictions on Flame Retardant Chemicals Proposed in Rhode Island General Assembly
This is the second bill introduced in Rhode Island this year concerning the chemicals.

Disposal of Synthetic Turf Would Be Regulated under Proposed Law
Landfill disposal and incineration of the material would be prohibited.

Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Proposed in Kentucky General Assembly
The same bill would restrict the distribution of disposable plastic straws by retail food and drink providers.

More Bills Addressing Single-Use Plastic Bags Introduced in West Virginia and Idaho Legislatures
One bill would repeal a state prohibition against local ordinances enacted three years ago.

Recycled Content Requirements for Polystyrene Loosefill Packaging Proposed in New York Assembly
Packaging that fails to meet the recycled content requirements would be banned.

Rhode Island Legislature Is the Latest to Consider Restricting Disposable Plastic Straws
Four other states already are considering similar bills.

Handling Costs for Beverage Container Redemptions Subject of a Bill in the Maine Legislature
The bill would boost reimbursement handling fees immediately and create a panel to study future possible increases.

Twenty-two Vermont Representatives Cosponsor a Bill for Zero Waste Transition Plan
A study committee would issue an RFP to develop a zero waste transition plan.

Commercial Property Recycling Proposed in Bill in Maryland General Assembly
County and local governments could conduct property inspections and impose civil penalties to enforce the law.

Extension of Rhode Island Legislative Commission Studying Multi-Family Recycling Proposed
Multi-family building recycling could divert waste from the state's Central Landfill.

Nebraska Senator Proposes Increasing State Landfill Disposal Fees
The bill also would provide fee rebates to municipalities and counties for operating HHW facilities and holding collection events.

Litter Prevention Addressed by Bills in Two State Legislatures
One bill would increase fines; the other would post signs.

Vermont General Assembly Considers Changes to State Battery Product Stewardship Program
One change would ban landfill disposal of all batteries.

Restrictions on Waste Rechargeable Batteries Proposed in Illinois General Assembly Bill
Additional restrictions on lead-acid batteries are also proposed.

Maryland Lawmakers Want to Require Composting of Separated Food and Yard Waste
Landfill disposal would be prohibited.

Ban on PFAS in Food Packaging Being Considered in Rhode Island General Assembly
Violations could result in fines up to $1,000 per offense.

Restrictions on Flame Retardant Chemicals Proposed by Arizona and New Hampshire Lawmakers
Both bills target upholstered furniture and other products.

Seventeen Vermont Lawmakers Cosponsor Proposed Ban on Several Types of Plastic Items
Plastic carryout bags, plastic straws and expanded polystyrene food service products would be banned.

Several Bills in New Hampshire General Court Address Reducing Plastic Waste
Two bills would implement statewide bans on targeted items while a third would authorize local ordinances.

Plastic Water Bottles Are Key Target for Environmental Task Force Proposed in Maryland
Companion bills seek to prevent debris from entering the Chesapeake Bay through storm water drains.

Ban on Many Types of Disposable Plastic Food Service Products Proposed in Washington State Legislature
Prior to the ban, specified food service items would be provided to customers only upon request.

Bill Prohibiting Local Government Restrictions on Auxiliary Containers Introduced in South Carolina Senate
A similar bill was approved by the House of Representatives last year but died in a Senate committee.

Non-compostable Food Service Ware Would Be Prohibited at All Municipal Facilities under Proposed New York Law
The ban would apply only at municipal facilities and by municipal contractors and lessees.

Expansion of Vermont Container Deposit Scheme Proposed
More beverages would be covered by a deposit.

Amendments to Oregon Container Deposit Law Proposed in Numerous Senate Bills
Proposed changes address redemption center approval criteria and registration requirements, collection of redeemed containers from dealers, and reports to the legislature on redemptions, among other subjects.

Economic Analysis of Recyclable Materials Called for by Washington Lawmakers
The Washington Department of Commerce would conduct the study and deliver a report to the legislature.

New Hampshire Senator Wants Towns to Report Annually on Their Waste Reduction Efforts
Many local jurisdictions are failing to achieve a state waste diversion goal set in the 1990s.

Extension of Litter Reduction and Recycling Act Proposed in Nebraska Legislature
The Act is scheduled to expire next year.

Tennessee Bill Would Facilitate Pyrolysis of Plastic Waste
The process converts plastic into chemical feedstocks, fuels and other products.

Senator Proposes Study of Waste-to-Energy Expansion in Washington State
In 2016, the state generated more than 9 million tons of municipal solid waste and disposed of more than half of it in landfills.

Revisions to Minnesota Flame Retardants Law Sought by Legislators
A two-year delay in the previously set enforcement date is among the changes.

New York Senator Wants to Ban Children's Products That Contain Any Level of Formaldehyde
The proposed ban would take effect in December 2021.

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