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State Recycling Laws Update

25 July 2016:

Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives Could Decrease Out-of-State Waste Imports
New fees on out-of-state waste would be imposed and distributed to communities where such imported waste is managed.

Rhode Island General Assembly Approves 50% State Waste Diversion Goal
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is responsible for developing supportive policies.

Government Advisory Panel Recommends Changes to Michigan Waste Laws
Proposed changes include county material management planning and recycling of yard waste, among others.

San Diego City Council Approves Single-Use Carryout Bag Reduction Ordinance
The ordinance bans single-use plastic carryout bags.

Florida Retail Federation Sues City of Coral Gables over Polystyrene Foam Ban
The federation says the city's local ordinance violates state law.

Minnesota City Council Member Initiates Study of Use of Waste Tires as Ground Cover in Play Areas
Government officials and advisory committee to investigate possible health concerns associated with the recycled rubber.


Recycling Laws International

18 July 2016:

UK Parliament Committee Launches Call for Evidence on Food Waste
The government consultation follows the unveiling of a national Food Waste Action Plan by industry.

Singapore Government Plans to Mandate Sustainable Packaging
The requirements are expected to be in place in three to five years.

Western Australia Proposes Mandatory Waste and Recycling Recordkeeping
The Department of Environmental Regulation says voluntary recordkeeping has produced "an incomplete dataset."

Brazilian Deputado Wants to Add Commercial Waste Generator Amendment to National Policy on Solid Waste
Businesses and institutions generating waste in excess of set threshold would be subject to new requirements.

Brazilian Camara Bill Recommends Tax Incentives to Produce More Energy from Organic Waste
Imported equipment to recover biomass and solid waste would be made tax exempt.

European Commission Launches Stakeholder Consultation on End-of-Life Vehicle Directive Amendments
An online survey will gather input on six subjects.


The Bulletin

27 July 2016:

Regulatory Issues:
CalRecycle Approves Advance Recycling Fee Increase on Computer Monitors and TVs
California OEHHA Plans to Make BPA in Food Packaging Warnings Requirement Permanent
Chilean Government Unveils Biodegradable Plastic Bag Certification Program

Statistics and Trends:
UK Recycled/Recovered nearly 3.6 Million Tons of Packaging during First Half of 2016
Half of Scottish Councils Have Signed National Household Recycling Charter
Singapore Government to Invest in $40 Million Waste-to-Energy Research Facility
Basel Action Network Petitions for Presidential Executive Order on E-Waste Shipments
Tennessee DEC Announces Availability of Local Recycling Grants

Business Initiatives:
Medical Waste Management Association Launched in US
INCPEN Funds Litter Prevention Best Practices Website

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