State Recycling Laws Update

24 October 2014:

Bill Introduced in New Jersey Would Require Food Waste Composting by Large Generators
The proposed requirement would phase in starting on January 1, 2015.

US DOE Issues RFI on Photovoltaic Module Recycling
Department wants to prepare for a future flood of end-of-life devices.

MetroVancouver May Have to Revamp Waste and Recycling Plans
British Columbia's Minister of Environment rejects proposed regional bylaw on waste flow.

Alameda County, California Decides Against Raising Current Bag Fee
However, an expansion of the types of stores covered by the environmental ordinance may be approved.

Another Local Maryland Jurisdiction Considers Banning Polystyrene Foam Food Service Ware
The ban would take effect next July.

Several Stewardship Plan Renewals Under Consideration in British Columbia
Plans apply to mobiles phones, batteries, thermostats and some beverage containers.

Recycling Laws International

31 October 2014:

French National Assembly Resolution Addresses Planned Obsolescence of Products
Most product warranties would be extended to five years and penalties assessed for violations.

UK Parliament Report Calls for Defra to be More Active in English Waste Management
Limited availability of waste treatment capacity and export of refuse derived fuel are two of the concerns raised in the report.

European Commission Publishes Proposed End-of-Waste Criteria for Plastic
The Commission will discuss the proposals with industry members and other stakeholders.

Czech Republic Approves National Waste Prevention Plan
Plan contains mostly educational components, but new financial incentives to reduce waste generation will be evaluated.

First Nanomaterial Appears on ECHA's Latest CoRAP List
Several common brominated flame retardants also added.

European Commission Launches Consultation on Safety of DEHP-Containing PVC Medical Devices
Higher at risk patients identified in committee opinion.

The Bulletin

29 October 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
Isreali Plastic Bag Bill Passes Initial Reading in Knesset
Delaware DNREC Orders Major Non-Compliant Composting Facility Closed
Single-Use Bag Ordinance Put on Hold in Colorado Municipality

Statistics and Trends:
Latest Danish Data Shows Solid Waste Generation Levels Little Changed
Massachusetts Distributes $2.93 Million in Recycling and Waste Reduction Grants
School Paper and Container Recycling Pilot Announced in Newfoundland and Labrador
Welsh Government Launches Resource Efficient Wales Website
NSW Reaches 10 Million Kilogram Household Hazardous Waste Collection Milestone

Business Initiatives:
Waste Norway Says Government Considering End to Norwegian Landfill Tax
Stakeholder Input Welcome for Upcoming International Standard for Manufacturing Waste
British Plastics Federation Criticizes "No Plastic Days" Promotion in UK Schools

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