State Recycling Laws Update
20 May 2013:
Connecticut Legislature Approves Extended Producer Responsibility Law For Mattresses
The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection becomes responsible for implementing the new law.
Maryland Governor Signs Law To Regulate Composting Facilities
Maryland Department of the Environment is required to promulgate needed rules.
Alabama Legislature Approves Waste Pharmaceuticals Collection Bill
Pharmacies will now be permitted to collect unused and expired drugs for disposal.
Santa Fe, New Mexico To Consider Single-Use Bag Ordinance
Proposed ordinance based on law adopted in Seattle.
Minnesota Ban on Formaldehyde In Children's Products Signed Into Law
Manufacturers must comply with the law beginning on August 1, 2014.
California Updates Priority Chemicals List For Biomonitoring Program
Program results will be available in a third data summary report, probably available in 2014.
Recycling Laws International
21 May 2013:
European Commission Announces 2013 Grants Available For Eco-Innovation Projects
EUR 31.5 million available with priority given to proposals from small and medium size enterprises.
Government of Western Australia Planning Mattress Recycling Scheme
Government opens calls for "expressions of interest" to implement a 24-month pilot program.
Key Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Sustainability Seal For Amazon-Made Products
To receive the seal, products and their packaging will need to be reusable or recyclable, and meet other criteria.
Sao Paolo Government Signs Voluntary Automotive Oil Filter Stewardship Agreement
Plan sets a 2014 target to collect 830,000 pounds of waste filters.
Bill To Expand Hong Kong Plastic Bag Tax Published
Bill's introduced follows announcement of forthcoming legislation last week.
15 May 2013:
Government and Regulatory:
Colombian Senate Ratifies Basel Convention Ban Amendment
Bill Introduced In Brazilian Camara Would Award New Sustainability Seal To Cities That Recycle
Exide Technologies Challenges California DTSC In Court Over Battery Recycling Plant Operations Suspension
Statistics And Trends:
Call2Recycle 2012 Battery Collections Reach 10 Million Pounds
Weekends Pilot Collections Program Takes In 6.4 Tons Of E-Waste In Brazilian Municipality
CalRecycle Awards $7 Million In Tire Recycling Grants
Scheme Launched In UK To Certify Tire Merchants As Environmentally Responsible
APR Forms Label Working Group
Industry Working Group Launched To Connect Smart Consumer Electronics To US Smart Energy Grid
British Supermarkets Agree To Cut Food Waste By Another Five Percent
Think Brasil Says The Future Of Plastics Recycling In The Country Is Strong
The Green Perspective:
EEB Makes Recommendations To European Commission On Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
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