State Recycling Laws Update

26 August 2014:

Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Statewide Rejected by California Assembly
The measure fell four votes short of approval.

District of Columbia Bill Would Establish Paint Stewardship in Nation's Capital
Producers would need to submit stewardship plans by April 1, 2016.

New California Law Supports ISRI's Recyclable Metals Theft Alert System
California recyclers will need to request registration for receiving alerts.

Denver City Council Still Working on Disposable Bag Fee Ordinance
The current bill version limits the fee only to food stores.

Washington Department of Ecology Launches Consultation on PCBs Action Plan
Much of the five-year plan focuses on additional information gathering and monitoring.

Recycling Laws International

15 August 2014:

Environmental Ministry Recommends Changes to Administration of New Zealand's Landfill Tax
Landfill disposal has not decreased since 2011, so the tax application may be broadened.

Chilean Camara Close to Approving National EPR Law
Nine product categories, including electronics, batteries, packaging and pharmaceuticals, are given priority status.

New Attempt to Ban Single-Use Bags Introduced in Philippine Senate
The new bill is an modified version of failed earlier legislation.

UK Launches Consultation on Transposing Revised EU Batteries Directive
Two types of batteries will be added to the existing banned listed.

European Commission Opens Consultation on Nanomaterials Health Risks Guidance
The guidance focuses on nanomaterials in medical devices.

The Bulletin

20 August 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
Swiss Government and Waste Incineration Industry Sign CO2 Reduction Agreement
Maine DEP Distributing Landfill Closure/Clean Up Reimbursement Funds Again
Israeli Ministry Publishes 30 Consumer Brochures on Polluting Chemicals in Products and Food

Statistics and Trends:
Welsh Recycling/Composting Rate Increases to 54%
Green Public Procurement in Korea Surpassed 2.4 Trillion Won in 2013
Tax Reduces Single-Use Bag Distribution in Northern Ireland by 70%
New South Wales Providing $16.2 Million for Organic Waste Diversion
Australian Packaging Convenant Report Indicates National Litter Decrease Last Year
Peruvian Environmental Ministry Collects 4 Tons of E-Waste at One-Day Event

Business Initiatives:
Dansk Retursystem A/S Expanding Bulk Beverage Container Deposit Return System
Energy Recovery of Waste Plastics Supported at Summit of Policy Makers

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