State Recycling Laws Update

7 August 2017:

Maine Enacts Law Banning Sale of Upholstered Furniture Containing Flame-Retardant Chemicals
The new law takes effect on January 1, 2019.

United States Senate Approves Funding Reauthorization of Marine Debris Act
The measure will be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Bill Introduced in United States House of Representatives Seeks to Reduce Food Waste
Provisions address food waste in the production chain, in households and schools, and by the federal government.

Bill Introduced in Boston City Council Would Require Take Back of Consumer Medical Sharps
Retailers selling the products would have to provide convenient and free collection.

Quebec Government Adds Household Appliances and Air Conditioners to Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations
Changes to Environmental Quality Act proposed; public consultation launched.

Berkeley, California Considers Possible Ordinance to Ban Disposable Plastic Straws
Alternately, the city might impose a broader ban on "all single-use disposables."

Recycling Laws International

10 August 2017:

Kenya Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Unveils National Waste Management Bill
The measure provides a framework for future regulatory development.

Portuguese Government Launches Public Consultation on National Strategy for Combating Food Waste
The National Strategy includes an Action Plan with 14 measures and 14 progress indicators.

New South Wales EPA Proposes Minimum Environmental Standards for Scrap Metal Businesses
The standards address only eight areas of scrap metal operations.

Bill in Puerto Rico Senado Would Help Market Local Products Made from Recyclable Materials
Measures include developing a recycled products marketing plan and publishing a recycled products guide.

Mandatory Use of LED Lamps in Public Housing Development Proposed in Brazilian Camara Bill
LED lamps are more energy efficient and less toxic than some other types of lighting.

INTERPOL Inspections Uncover 1.5 Million Tons of Illegal Waste in One Month Operation
More than 10 thousand tons of illegal waste was discovered in the Netherlands alone.

The Bulletin

2 August 2017:

Regulatory Developments:
US Senator Calls for Federal Investigation into Phthalates in Fast Food Packaging
Bill Introduced in Philippine Senate Would Establish an Environmental Protection Agency

Statistics and Trends:
Latest Recycling Data for Western Australia Shows Mixed Results
Arkansas DEQ Announces Availability of E-Waste Recycling Grants
Czech Government Allocates 800 Million Koruna to Support Waste Separation Efforts
Green Alliances Calls for UK Deposit Scheme to Help Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution
Call2Recycle Launches Lithium Battery Recycling Safety Campaign
OPDS Closes Fourth Open Air Dump in Buenos Aires Province
Danish EPA Report Finds Varying Levels of Emerging Hazardous Contaminants Leaching from Former Landfills

Business Initiatives:
US Recycling Partnership Launches Pilot Project in Denver

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