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State Recycling Laws Update

17 August 2015:

US Senate Bill Would Allow New State Fees to be Imposed on Out-of-State Trash Imports
The state fees could then be passed down to local communities adversely affected by the imports.

Zero Waste Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives
The measure would authorize the US EPA to award grants to local governments.

Canadian Government Moves to Ban Microplastic Beads
A sixty-day public comment period has opened.

Hawaii Announces Decrease in Beverage Container Fee
The fee decrease follows a decrease in the container recycling rate.

NYC Bill Would Require Approved Special Receptacles for Buildings with Major Rodent Problems
Repeat health or housing maintenance code violations would trigger the requirement.

Illinois General Assembly Authorizes Support for Compostable and Biodegradable Container Logos Development
New public act extends current law provisions.

Burlington Approves Switch to Self-Compacting Public Spaces Recycling Receptacles
Officials say the decision will help the city comply more effectively with Vermont's universal recycling law.


Recycling Laws International

10 August 2015:

Glass Container EPR Bill Introduced in Hong Kong Legislative Council
Producers without "container waste reduction plans" would pay recycling levies on their containers.

Taiwan EPA Makes Pre-Announcement of Waste Container Recycling Fee Rate Amendments
Six types of containers are covered by fees.

French Government Releases Draft Decree on Waste Management and the Circular Economy
Public consultation on the draft decree was launched by the Ministry of Ecology.

Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara Would Push Back Deadline for Closing Open Air Dumps
The measure would amend the National Policy on Solid Waste.

Brazilian Senate Adopts Sustainable Logistics Management Plan
The plan is internal, applying to Senate facilities, procurement and staff.

United Nations Environment Programme Releases Sustainable Consumption and Production Goals
A newly released UNEP document calls for substantially reducing waste generation by 2030.


The Bulletin

26 August 2015:

Government and Regulatory:
Czech Senate Approves Amendments to Waste Act
South Korea Adjusts Volume-Based Waste Fees for Smaller Households
Danish EPA Investigates Nanomaterials Use in Inkjet and Laser Toner Cartridges

Statistics and Trends:
Norway Recycled and Recovered 563,000 Tons of Waste Packaging in 2014
Danish EPA Offering 400,000 Kroner in Grants for Clothing/Textile Ecolabeling Projects
Austin Uses Public Libraries as Temporary Waste Battery Collection Locations
Brazilian Ministry of Environment Launches Waste Management Best Practices Web Site
California Agencies to Study Recycled Waste Tire Products and Potential Health Issues

Business and Industry Initiatives:
UK Waste Association Calls for Minimum Recycled Content Requirements Across the EU
Major Dutch Banking Group Plans to Cut Office Waste 28% in 4 Years
WEEE Ireland Hopes "Bulb Exchange" Will Boost Lamp Recycling

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