State Recycling Laws Update

30 November 2015:

US Senate Bill Would Provide Tax Incentives for Renewable Chemicals Production
Some bioplastics such as PET and PLA are included in the bill as renewable chemicals.

Bill to Ban Microplastic Beads Makes Progress in US House of Representatives
Effective date and products covered are revised in the latest bill version.

Vermont Approves Rule Requiring Reporting of Children's Products Containing Chemicals of High Concern
The first reporting period will begin on January 1, 2016.

Two Bills Pre-Filed for 2016 Florida Legislature Address Disposable Plastic Bag Use
Both would establish a pilot program in a coastal municipality in 2017.

New York City Council Resolution Asks State Legislature to Amend E-Waste Law
Council members want to continue the city's curbside e-waste collections.

San Francisco BOS Resolution Redirects Paint EPR Funds to Pharmaceutical Recycling
The funds will be used on an interim basis to help the city prepare for a pharmaceutical EPR program.

Zero Waste is Part of San Diego's Proposed Climate Action Plan
Plan calls for diverting 90% of solid waste and capturing 90% of remaining landfill gas emissions by 2035.

Recycling Laws International

23 November 2015:

Spanish Cabinet Approves 2016-2022 Waste Management Plan
The plan focuses on 15 waste streams including packaging, electronics, batteries, tires, end-of-life vehicles and organics.

South Australia Finalizes New Five-Year Waste Strategy
The overall goal of the state remains to reduce waste to landfill by 35% by 2020.

Another Bill to Create a National Green Seal Was Introduced in the Brazilian Camara
The sponsor says the seal would encourage companies to recycle, reuse materials and reduce waste generation.

Indian Government Publishes Guidelines for Environmental Management of End-of-Life Vehicles
The document provides a roadmap for modernizing the Indian scrap vehicle processing industry.

Danish EPA Releases Report on Microplastics Pollution
However, the report makes no recommendations for new policy changes or laws

European Chemicals Agency Proposes to Restrict a Phthalate and 10 Other Substances
Public consultation opened.

The Bulletin

25 November 2015:

Regulatory Issues:
Washington Department of Ecology Proposes Changes to E-Waste Regulations
Vancouver to Turn Over All Residential Recycling to Multi-Material British Columbia

Statistics and Trends:
Nearly 50% of Brazilian Municipalities Now Have Solid Waste Management Plans
One-third of Norwegian ELV Recyclers May Have Hazardous Waste Violations
Reducing Food Waste Could Save Sweden Up to 14 Billion Kroner Annually
EU Plastic Waste Collection May Be Up But Recycling Isn't, Claims Industry Association
Danish EPA Publishes Guidelines on Managing Chemicals in Textiles
Industry Survey Finds Sustainability Is an Important Trend in Food Service Packaging

Business and Industry Initiatives:
US Waste and Recycling Association Issues Updated MRF Standards
El-Kretzen EEE Compliance Organization Receives 10-Year License Renewal

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