State Recycling Laws Update
26 November 2013:
Quebec Proposes Placing Financial Requirements On All New Organic Waste Facilities
The government said the requirements are needed to prevent tax payers from having to pay for remediating closed or abandoned facilities.
US EPA Releases Draft Guidelines For Greener Federal Purchasing
Guidelines will be used to evaluate the array of private sector environmental standards and ecolabels in the marketplace.
Minnesota Finds Potential For Diverting More Food, Paper And Plastic From Landfills
Conclusion comes from newly released MPCA waste characterization study.
New York City Council Committee To Discuss Polystyrene Foam Packaging Bills
A trio of bills would authorize an EPS pilot recycling program, require recyclable carryout food containers, and ban EPS carryout food containers outright.
Nebraska DEQ Plans Update Of Waste And Recycling Regulations
The scrap tire grants program would be extended and the maximum size of grants increased.
Encinitas Deputy Mayor Proposes Banning Bottled Water At City Events
The ban would be limited to government-sponsored events.
Recycling Laws International
2 December 2013:
Draft Irish National Hazardous Waste Management Plan Released
Possible new EPR programs and substitution or reduction in use of hazardous materials and products in public procurement are among the plan's recommendations.
United Kingdom Launches Call For Evidence On Proposed Single-Use Plastic Bag Charge
Information sought on types of carrier bags distributed and their costs, possible use of biogradable/compostable bags, possible exemptions to proposed law and other subjects.
Philippine Senate Bill Would Require Government To Use More Recycled Paper
Purchases of recycled paper should be made if the cost is not more than 10% higher than non-recycled paper.
Finland Delays Implementation Of New Packaging EPR Regulations
Bill approved in Parliament pushes effective date back by a year.
European Parliament Committee Amends Draft Plastic Waste Resolution
Additions include restricting hazardous substances in plastics and reducing the negative environmental impacts of plastics through improved design measures.
Second Bill To Ban Waste Incineration Introduced In Brazilian Camara
Latest bill would force municipalities to implement required recycling programs.
4 Decemmber 2013:
Government and Regulatory:
Italy Issues Decree Authorizing Prison Time For Illegal Waste Burning
Philippine Resolution Calls For Senate Inquiry Into Phthalates And Premature Baby Deliveries
Canada Decides Not To Restrict Use Of The Flame Retardant TBBPA
Danish Government Budgets $200 Million Kroner For Resource Recovery Efforts
Government Audit Finds Problems With Louisiana Waste Tire Management Program
Statistics And Trends:
Eco Emballages Reports 100,000-Ton Reduction In Packaging Generation Over Five Years
North Carolina Claims 12% Growth In Recycling Jobs Since 2010
Kansas DHE Announces Availability of Waste Reduction Grants To Local Governments And Schools
European Paper Industry Claims A 71% Recycling Rate For 2012
Leading UK Waste Industry Group Says No To Possible Fee Exemption For Biodegradable Plastic Bags
The Green Perspective:
Deutsche Umwelthilfe Launches Online Petition Drive For A German Plastic Bag Fee
Naturskyddsforeningen Releases Survey Of Hazardous Chemicals In Products In Swedish Pre-Schools
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