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State Recycling Laws Update

7 November 2014:

Massachusetts Voters Reject Expansion of State Container Deposit Scheme
Expansion would have added bottled water and some other non-carbonated beverages.

Yukon Government Launches Public Consultation on Changes to Recycling Laws
Container deposit fees and tire advance disposal fees to increase; first ever fees to be placed on electronics.

Quebec National Assembly Considers Bill to Prevent Recyclable Metals Theft
A proposed new law would take effect on January 1, 2016.

USDA Proposes Changes to BioPreferred Program
Sixty-day public comment period opened.

Proposed NYC Ordinance Would Amend Mattress Disposal Bag Ordinance
Some plastic bags/film being used deemed not rugged enough.

US EPA Denies Request to Initiate Rulemaking to Protect Against PVC and Phthalates as Plasticizers
A petition request brought by an environmental group lacked "specificity," said the EPA.


Recycling Laws International

14 November 2014:

Australia's Northern Territory Releases Draft Waste Management Strategy
The strategy calls for increased education on waste reduction, improvements to infrastructure and support for recyclables marketing.

Latest Eurostat Data Shows Traded Recyclables Volumes Up But Prices Down
By percentage, recycled glass fell the most.

EFSA Group Meets to Discuss Safety of Non-Plastic Food Contact Materials
Two more processes for recycling PET for food contact applications approved.

First Two Companies Certified Using Singapore E-Waste Management Standard
Voluntary standard was co-developed by the National Environment Agency

France Rolls Out New Plan to Reduce Waste Reduction and Boost Recycling
Local government efforts seen as vital for successful implementation.


The Bulletin

19 November 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
Dutch Inspectors Seize 240 Tons of Illegal Waste Bound for India
Waste Advisory Committee Launched in Quebec
Takoma Park, Maryland Bans Polystyrene Foam Food Service Ware

Statistics and Trends:
English Household Recycling Rate Barely Improved in 2013, Incineration Up More
Endocrine Disruptors Costing EU 4.5 Billion Kroner Annually, Claims Nordic Governments Report
Swedish Energy Agency to Provide 12 Million Krona for Bioenergy Development Proposals
Survey Indicates Older US Residents Tend to Think Greener Than Those Younger
Peruvian Campaign Converts 1,680 Kg of PET Bottles into Blankets for the Poor

Business Initiatives:
European Metal Packagers Unveil New Recycling Mark
Waste Norway Calls for National 80% Recycling/Recovery Target
Green Grid to Address Efficiency in Data Center Liquid Cooling Systems
UK Waste Industry Groups Create New Policy-Focused Organization

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