State Recycling Laws Update

18 May 2015:

Illinois General Assembly Poised to Create Recyclable Metal Theft Task Force
Members would include legislators, law enforcement officials, and scrap and utilities industry representatives.

Bill Introduced in New York Senate Would Get Tougher on Solid Waste Contractors that Break the Law
Violators would be prohibited from procuring new solid waste public contracts for periods of time.

Colorado Tax Credit for Recycling Equipment Dies in Senate Committee
The bill was postponed in committee, then the General Assembly adjourned.

Second Bill to Require Commercial Food Waste Recycling Introduced in New Jersey Legislature
Latest bill contains many provisions absent in the first.

California OEHHA Classifies Bisphenol A as a Reproductive Toxicant
The listing requires products that contain BPA to display warning labels.

US EPA Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Nanomaterials Reporting Rules
Agency identifies six issues in particular for which it seeks public comment.

Bills Calling for a Consumer Database of Asbestos-Containing Products Introduced in US Congress
Companion bills were introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Minnesota Senate Approves Ban on Plastic Microbeads
Bill scheduled for second reading in the House of Representatives.

Hawaii House and Senate Conference Committee Fails to Agree on Bill Banning Microplastic Beads
Both chambers had approved different versions of the bill.

Bill to Ban TRIS Flame Retardants in Some Products Passes Washington House of Representatives
Bill now being reviewed in Senate during legislative special session.

Recycling Laws International

11 May 2015:

Icelandic Environment Ministry Releases Recommendations for Reducing Food Waste
Many of the 13 recommendations focus on education and improved communication.

Argentina Launches Program to Transition Consumers to More Energy Efficient Appliances
Boost in recycling of scrapped "white goods" expected.

Product Reuse Could Increase under Bill in Brazilian Camara
Producers would be required to offer repair parts long after products cease being made.

Bill to Manage Medical Waste Introduced in Philippine Senate
Proposed regulations would cover medical waste generators, transporters and storage and disposal facilities.

Bill to Regulate Management of Construction Waste Introduced in Brazilian Camara
Proposal would establish a new extended producer responsibility program.

UK Local Government Association Calls for Producers to Increase Funding for EU Resource Recovery
Producers should pay for at least 50% of waste collection and disposal costs by 2030.

Poland and Slovenia Face Fines over Failure to Transpose Recast EU WEEE Directive
The deadline to do so was February 14, 2014.

The Bulletin

20 May 2015:

Government and Regulatory:
Businesses Challenge New York City Polystyrene Foam Ban in Court

Statistics and Trends:
Danish EPA Awards 7.6 Million Kroner More in Funding for Municipal Waste Sorting Projects
US Paper Recovery Rate Increased to 65.4% Last Year
EU Steel Packaging Recycling Reached 75% in 2014
Poll Finds 63% of New York City Reisdents Oppose Implementing a Plastic Bag Fee
Sydney Pilot Project Recycles Printer Toner Cartidges into Paving Material
Delaware Residents Turn in Nearly 49 Tons of Scrap Tires during One-Day Collection Event
Kentucky EPA Announces $3.3 Million in Recycling and HHW Grants

Business and Industry Initiatives:
American Chemistry Council Releases Policy Guide and Video on Waste Plastic-to-Fuel Technologies
Industry-Sponsored Study Finds Recycling Contributes $105 Billion to US Economic Activity
Dutch Clothing Maker Recycles 100% of Polyester Rainwear in Government Pilot Project

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