State Recycling Laws Update

8 August 2016:

Connecticut Environmental Commissioner Approves Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy
The strategy includes having producers and packaging manufacturers shouldering more recycling costs.

Low Oregon Beverage Container Returns Will Trigger Deposit Increase Next April
The deposit will increase from five cents to ten cents.

Massachusetts Legislature Approves Bill to Boost Illegal Dumping Fines in One Burdened City
Fines of $5,000 to $10,000 can now be imposed on fly-tippers

Boston City Council May Draft Single-Use Plastic Bag Ordinance
A working group will report on the possibly to the city council in November.

Portland, Maine City Council Mulls Possible Cart-Based Pay-As-You-Throw Waste Charging
RFID-enabled carts might replace or be added to the current prepaid bag system.

Recycling Laws International

15 August 2016:

Draft French Decree Requires Disposable Food Service Ware to be Compostable
Traditional disposable plastic cups, glasses and plates will be banned.

Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Introduced in New South Wales Parliament
Biodegradable plastic bags that meet a required standard would be allowed.

Sao Paolo City Government Approves Bill Permitting Free Disposable Bags Again
The bill keeps in place a ban on single-use polyethylene bags.

Singapore Restricts Six Substances for use in EEE
The restrictions take effect in June 2017.

European Commission Committee Gathering Information on Possible Health Risks Associated with Light Emitting Diodes.
The study covers lighting, TVs, computer and cell phone screens and other products.

The Bulletin

17 August 2016:

Regulatory Issues:
California DTSC Plans to Regulate TDCPP and TCEP in Children's Bedding Products
Waste Diversion Ontario Approves Automotive Materials Stewardship Plan
Colombian Environmental Ministry Says Plastic Bag Resolution Will Take Effect in December

Statistics and Trends:
Study Released in Advance of Commercial Waste Collection Zones Plan for New York City
Study Finds Curbside Recycling Now Available to 73% of US Population
Research Firm Claims Food Waste Prevention Efforts Will Increase Global Modified Atmosphere Packaging Sales
Chilean Environmental Minister Welcomes Scrap Savengers to Participate in New Recycling Plan
Delaware DNREC Announces Availability of Universal Recycling Grants

Business Initiatives:
US Vinyl Institute Publishes Environmental Product Declarations for PVC Siding Products
Greener Set-Top Boxes Saved US Consumers $646 Million in Energy Costs Last Year

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