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State Recycling Laws Update

21 April 2014:

Wisconsin Legislature Approves Deposit Increase on Lead-Acid Batteries
The deposit is intended to encourage proper battery recycling.

Georgia General Assembly Approves Tire Management Tire Extension
Fee is used to address waste tire stockpiles.

New Maryland Public Procurement Law Will Evaluate a Product's Life Cycle
Bill approved during last week of 2014 legislative session.

Bill Introduced in Louisiana Would Prohibit Landfills Created for Waste Tire Material
The sponsor of the bill introduced successful waste tire legislation in 2013.

Vermont Senate Approves Bill Creating State Chemicals of High Concern List
The bill is now being considered in the House.

Iowa Becomes the Latest State to Consider Banning Triclosan in Personal Care Products
Iowa bill follows one introduced earlier this year in Minnesota

US EPA Releases New Five-Year Strategic Plan
Endocrine disrupting chemicals will be getting more attention.


Recycling Laws International

9 April 2014:

Draft Resolution Introduced in French National Assembly Proposes Tax Cut on Waste Services
Sponsor of measure says it will help stimulate the transition to a circular economy.

Danish EPA Consults on 11 More Management Plans for Undesirable Chemicals in Products
The latest group of chemicals includes numerous phthalates and brominated flame retardants.

Estonia Approves Updated E-Waste Law
New law contains a provision to boost small WEEE recycling rate.

New Portuguese Regulation Establishes Waste Digital Media Collection Program
The Portuguese Environment Agency is responsible for the voluntary program.

Victorian Parliament Approves New Framework for Waste and Resource Recovery
Groups of local governments given responsibility for improving recovery rates.

Hong Kong Government Launches Pay-As-You-Throw Trial Program
The six-month trial will use 10,000 households.

City of Sao Paolo Begins New Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan
Landfill disposal expected to be reduced by 78% over the next 20 years.

UK Parliament Committee Concerned About English Waste Management Strategy
A consultation was launched on whether Defra's strategy will produce the needed results.


The Bulletin

2 April 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
City of Buenos Aires Adopts New Solid Waste Management Law
CalRecycle Takes Action Against Recycler for Container Deposit Redemption Violations
Washington State Testing Finds Most Manufacturers Comply Children's Safe Product Act
Ontario Developing Standard for Battery Recycling

Statistics And Trends:
First Computer Displays Having 85% Minimum Recycled Plastic Are Certified
German Agency Helps Monitor Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
San Franciscans Get Back Free Compost from their Food Waste

Business Initiatives:
Australian Packaging Covenant Launches Portal to Determine Recyclability of Materials
Canadian Industry Association Publishes Comparative Study of Eleven Packaging EPR Programs
New R2 Solutions Document Addresses R2:2013 Standard and International Waste Agreements
Industry Group Expects 2012 EU Glass Recycling Rate To Exceed 70%
Sao Paolo Beverage Producer Signs First State-Wide Packaging Take-Back Agreement

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