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State Recycling Laws Update

May 2017:

Illinois General Assembly Approves Use of 360-Lid Metal Beverage Containers
The approved bill will be sent to Governor Rauner for signing.

Maine Legislature Expands Container Deposit Scheme to Include Miniature Liquor and Wine Bottles
However, Governor Paul R. LePage threatened to veto the bill.

Miami Suburb Approves Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags
The ordinance took immediate effect.

California Assembly Approves Extension of Plastic Environmental Labeling Requirements
The bill is now being reviewed in the Senate.

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Establish State Mattress Recycling Fund
The bill would have required retailers to add a $5 advance recycling fee on each mattress sold in the state.

Task Force to Study Electronics Recycling and Reuse Proposed in New York Senate
The task force would submit a report of findings to the state legislature within one year.

Bill Authorizing Local Waste Tire Storage Restrictions Clears Louisiana House of Representatives
The restrictions would apply only to storage on residential property.

New York Senate Bill Would Promote C&D Waste Diversion in Government Construction Projects
Proposed rules would apply to general contractors and subcontractors bidding on state projects.

Texas Legislature Approves Pesticide Waste and Waste Containers Collection Program
The law takes effect on September 1.

Hawaii State Legislature Authorizes County Government to Receive Money from the State Electronic Device Recycling Fund
Previous distributions to county governments were ruled by the Attorney General to be a misinterpretation of the law.

Rhode Island House of Representatives Approves Resolution Promoting Recycling in Schools
The measure supports establishing and maintaining recycling programs in all classrooms, administrative offices, and other areas owned or leased by school districts.

New York City Council Prepares to Reinstitute Ban on Polystyrene Foam
A new bill would essentially reinstate an ordinance overturned by a judge in 2015.

Maine Legislature Approves Bill to Fund Biobased Product Development
The measure would allocate $1.5 million in funding to a particular institution.

Maine Legislator Says Paint Stewardship Container Fees Should be Exempt from the State Sales Tax
The lawmaker introduced a bill to specify the exemption.

Fifth Bill to Restrict Chemicals of High Concern to Children Was Introduced in the New York Senate
Manufacturers of affected products would need to provide information to several government departments and retailers selling those products.

Florida Legislature Approves Bill Authorizing Pyrolysis of Waste Plastics
Proponents claim the new law will create green jobs and help Florida meet future fuel needs.

Bill to Establish Product Stewardship of Solar Panels Introduced in New York Assembly
The proposed program would begin on July 1, 2018.

CalRecycle Set to Approve Draft Five-Year Waste Tire Recycling Management Program
The draft document includes requests for legislative changes.

Texas House Approves Study of Marine Debris
The bill was sent to the Senate for consideration.

Modification of New York Beverage Container "Rings" Law Proposed in Senate
A specific type of plastic ring would be allowed under a newly introduced bill.

Bill Providing Composting Facilities with Protection from Nuisance Lawsuits Clears Washington Senate
The measure is now in the House.

Boston Moves Forward to Develop a Zero Waste Plan
RFP issued for a consultant to help prepare the plan.

Los Angeles Board of Public Works Calls for Zero Food Waste Task Force
The task force will help divert food waste from landfills by helping to feed the hungry.

Hawaii State Legislature Approves Bill to Establish Recycling Pilot Program at State Buildings and Facilities
The bill includes funding for the pilot.

New York State Publishes Draft Guidance and Certification Forms for New Household Cleaning Product Chemicals Disclosure Regulation
A public consultation is open through June 14.

Second Oregon Marine Debris Action Plan Released
Expanding corporate responsibility for preventing debris is among the future actions included.

Bill to Support Biobased Product Development Approved by Maine Senate
The measure would provide $1.5 million for research and development and create green jobs.

North Carolina Review of Solid Waste Disposal Tax Clears the House of Representatives
However, the measure still needs Senate approval.

New York Senator Introduces Her Second Bill to Ban Polystyrene Foam Food Service Ware
The second bill is a more detailed and provisioned measure than the first.

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Propose Creating Plastic Bag Recycling Advisory Board
The board would make recommendations to the legislature for a bag recycling "regulatory scheme" in two years.

Suburban Boston Town Adopts Bans on Disposable Plastic Water Bottles and Plastic Bags
The ban on plastic water bottles applies to PET bottles of one liter or less in volume.

Maine Food Recovery Commission Proposed in State Legislature
A tax credit for food donations by food producers is included in the bill.

Solid Waste Transfer Stations Must Keep Records under New Tennessee Law
The bill was approved by Tennessee General Assembly last week.

New York Assembly Bill Would Require Reflective Material Affixed to Larger Curbside Recycling Containers
Carting companies violating the law could receive up to a $1,000 civil penalty.

Bill Calling for Study of E-Waste in North Carolina Approved by House of Representatives
The bill has been sent to the Senate for review.

CRT Waste Storage Bill Passes Illinois House of Representatives
The measure would provide time to address the growing volume of CRT waste.

Changes to Illinois Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act Approved in House of Representatives
The changes would promote collections and expand the location of collection receptacles.

Texas House of Representatives Approves Pesticide Waste and Container Collection Bill
The measure still needs Senate approval with one legislative month remaining.

New Baltimore City Council Resolution Calls for Municipal Zero Waste Plan
The city proposal follows adoption of a statewide zero waste plan in 2014.


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