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State Recycling Laws Update

January 2019:

Two Bills Introduced in Virginia General Assembly Target Plastic Waste
One bill would establish a Plastic Pollution Prevent Council; the other would authorize local ordinances banning specified plastic items.

Senator Calls for Repeal of Missouri Law Prohibiting Local Carryout Bag Ordinances
The law was enacted in 2015, but required an override of a governor's veto to take effect.

Washington State Legislature to Take Up Bill Banning Plastic Beverage Straws
The proposed ban would take effect in 2020.

Food Waste Initiatives Study Proposed in New York Assembly Bill
A report of findings and recommendations would be delivered to the governor and legislature.

Colorado Bill Would Allow Local Governments to Set Recycling and Composting Standards for Carryout Food Containers
However, a state ban against local ordinances that prohibit or restrict containers or packaging would not be repealed by the bill

Labelling Scheme to Reduce Food Waste Proposed in Massachusetts General Court
Ready-to-eat food products would display both a safety date and a quality date.

Fewer Paper Sales Receipts Would Be Printed Under a California Bill Targeting Waste Paper
Businesses that provide paper receipts to customers that do not request them could receive fines.

Two State Legislatures Address Collection of Local Waste and Recycling Fees
Bills were introduced in Indiana and Virginia.

Landfill Gas Fee Proposed in Virginia General Assembly
Collected fees would be placed in a new Greenhouse Gas Fund.

Massachusetts General Court Approves Bill Banning Eleven Flame Retardants in Children's Products
Manufacturers that violate the law could be fined as much as $50,000.

Indiana House Bill Would Restrict Five Categories of Flame Retardants in Some Products
The chemical restrictions would apply only to upholstered furniture, mattresses, and mattress pads.

Ban of Sale of Cleaning Products and Cosmetics Containing 1,4-Dioxane Proposed in New York Senate
The US EPA says the chemical is likely a human carcinogen and has been found in groundwater across the United States.

New Jersey Senate Approves Resolution to Establish a Plastic Recycling Marketplace
The New Jersey Assembly is considering a companion resolution.

Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Proposed in South Carolina General Assembly
If approved, the law would go into effect immediately.

Restrictions on Plastic Straws Proposed in New York Assembly
Violators would receive warning letters for initial offenses, civil penalties for repeat offenses.

New York City Council Approves Pilot Program to Collect Organic Waste at Buildings Housing City Government Agencies
The pilot program is scheduled to begin no later than July 1, 2019.

Food Waste Prevention Law Proposed in Missouri House of Representatives
The bill would require some food-related businesses to donate 10% of their excess food to needy individuals or relevant non-profit organizations.

Proposed Change to New York State Sanitation Code Would Add Recycling to Waste Disposal Requirements
The affected sanitation code section pertains to events attracting 5,000 or more attendees.

New York Assembly Bill Would Establish Illegal Dumping Enforcement Grants
The grants would assist local jurisdictions to deter illegal dumping rather than remediate dumpsites.

Bill to Extend Two Waste-Related Acts Introduced in the Utah State Legislature
The two acts are scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2019.


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