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State Recycling Laws Update

January 2018:

Vermont Lawmaker Calls for Study of Possible Microplastic Contamination of Tap and Bottled Drinking Water
Findings from the study would be presented to the Vermont General Assembly by January 1, 2020.

Two Missouri General Assembly Bills Would Amend Statute Concerning Local "Auxiliary Containers" Ordinances
The measures add plastic water bottles, cups, boxes and the types of disposable packaging protected by the law.

Bill to Authorize Adoption of Local Plastic Bag Ordinances Introduced in Virginia General Assembly
The measure would amend state law concerning counties, cities and towns.

Colorado Lawmakers Offer Plastic Bag Tax Proposal to Help Pay for Affordable Housing
A uniform 25-cent tax would be charged for plastic shopping bags regardless of how many are used by a store customer.

Missouri General Assembly to Consider Several Pharmaceutical Take Back Bills
Two of the three bills apply only to controlled substances.

Proposal Introduced in Vermont General Assembly Would Require Recycling Containers at Gas Stations
The containers would facilitate the collection of paper, aluminum, cardboard, steel, glass, and hard plastics.

Support for Recycling and Food Waste Composting in Schools Proposed in Washington Senate Bill
However, the measure includes no mandates.

Repeal of Paint Stewardship Act Proposed by Two Colorado Lawmakers
The stewardship program reused and recycled 81% of latex paint collected in 2016 and appears to be financially sound.

Washington State Bill Seeks to Ban PFAS in Food Packaging
The ban would not take effect until the Department of Ecology identifies a safer alternative.

Mississippi Bill Would Restrict Bisphenol A and Phthalates in Some Food and Drink Containers
Warnings about those chemicals and others would need to be displayed on food packaging labels or at point of display in stores.

Restrictions on Flame Retardants in Certain Products Proposed in Indiana General Assembly
The proposed restrictions would cover essentially all flame retardants.

Virginia Bill Would Place a Moratorium on Synthetic Turf Fields Made from Recycled Crumb Rubber
Meanwhile, the Department of Health would conduct a study on potential adverse health effects.

Lawmaker Wants Washington State to Become a Leader in Resource Recovery
Her bill contains a half dozen or so provisions to improve recycling rates and develop recyclables markets.

Virginia Bill Would Authorize the Beneficial Use of Waste Glass
Waste glass processors would become eligible for economic development incentive grants.

Bill Introduced in Indiana General Assembly Calls for Product Stewardship of Some Pharmaceuticals
The bill focuses on Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances.

Organic Waste Diversion Is a Key Element in New Hennepin County Solid Waste Management Master Plan
Mandatory food waste recycling by large commercial waste generators is a possibility.

Regional Plastic Bag Tax Proposed in Virginia General Assembly
The collected taxes would be deposited in a state water quality fund.

Beaufort County, South Carolina Set to Vote on Single-Use Plastic Bags Ordinance
Retailers that violate the ordinance could face fines and possible loss of their business licenses.

Nebraska DEQ Submits Solid Waste Management Study Report to State Legislature
The report includes six recommendations for improving the department and some of its programs.

New York DEC Calls for Improvements in Implementing the E-Waste Recycling & Reuse Act
The recommendations are contained in a report delivered to the Governor and New York State Legislature.

Pre-filed Washington State Bill Would Add Computers, TVs and Other Products to the State Energy Efficiency Standards Program
Proposed additions roughly would double the number of product types covered.

Bill Introduced in Wisconsin Legislature Would Exempt Pyrolysis and Gasification Facilities from Some State Waste Regulations
Plastics sent to those facilities legally would not be considered to be "solid waste."

Amendments to Waste Tires Management Law Proposed in Utah State Legislature
The proposal would provide more state funding to smaller counties and cities to remove waste tire piles.

Mayor Walsh Signs Boston Plastic Bag Ordinance into Law
The ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect in December 2018.

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