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

17 October 2014:

French National Assembly Votes to Ban Disposable Plastic Bags and Food Service Ware
The same bill includes public procurement targets for recycled paper products.

Brazilian Government May Extend Deadline for Cities to Comply with National Policy on Solid Waste
The Senate is likely to approve a deadline extension to August 2018.

Northern Ireland Publishes Waste Prevention Program Document
The program is built around 13 actions, many of which are already underway.

UK DCLG Issues Waste Policy Planning Guidance for Local Governments
Local waste plans should integrate the five-level waste hierarchy.

The Bulletin

22 October 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
California DTSC Publishes Update on Safer Consumer Products Regulation Implementation
Scottish Carrier Bag Tax Takes Effect

Statistics and Trends:
New Danish Report Examines the Environmental Costs of Textile Production
French Agency Publishes Report On Reducing Household Food Waste
Irish EPA Launches Hazardous Waste Collection Outreach for Farms
2013 US PET Bottle Recycling Rate Up Marginally at 31.2%
Quebec Reduced Waste, Boosted Recycling in 2012
EEA Discusses EU Sustainable Consumption and Production Challenges
Minnesota PCA Grant Eliminates 6,712 Pounds of School Disposable Food Service Waste

Business Initiatives:
ABRELPE Raises Concern About Proposed Brazilian Packaging EPR Plan
EU Waste Organizations Call for Immediate Action on Waste Shipments EDI
Tetra Pak Announces Completely Bio-Based Carton

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