State Recycling Laws Update

14 April 2014:

Utah Approves Restricting Locations of New Infectious Waste Incinerators
The restriction takes effect next month.

Bill to Establish Tennessee Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee Close to Passage
However, a provision for new statewide recycling rates was removed in the latest version.

Vermont Battery Stewardship Bill Clears House of Representatives
The bill is now under review in the Senate.

Bill Introduced in Louisiana Would Support Electronics Recycling by Non-Profit Groups
However, the non-profit groups would need to be certified.

California to Begin Releasing Draft Product Efficiency Rules Starting this Month
New rules for products ranging from LEDs to computers and video game consoles are expected over the next 11 months.

ElectroRecycle Launches Consultation on British Columbia Small Appliance Recycling Targets
The targets will take effect this year.

Palm Springs Is Latest California Municipality to Ban Plastic Bags
Recyclable paper bags can be distributed for a minimum 10-cent fee.

South Carolina Is Latest State to Consider a Ban on Formaldehyde in Children's Products
The ban would phase-in beginning next year.

US EPA Stops Sale of Some Nano Silver-Containing Plastic Food Containers
Container maker informed it violated federal pesticide laws by selling untested and unregistered products.

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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