State Recycling Laws Update

26 June 2014:

Rhode Island General Assembly Passes Food Waste Diversion Bill
Large generators will need to send waste to composting or aerobic digestion facilities.

Illinois Bans Plastic Microbeads in Personal Care Products
The ban begins phasing in on January 1, 2018.

California DTSC Releases Draft Regulatory Concepts for First Three Priority Products
Regulations will be finalized later this year.

Rhode Island Resolution Extends State Surveillance of Pharmaceutical Waste in Water Supplies
The resolution calls for updating information contained in a 2013 report.

Toronto Launches Initial Public Consultation on a New Waste Management Strategy
The new strategy follows failed attempt to divert 70% of municipal solid waste by 2010.

Portland, Maine Places Fee on Single Use Bags, Bans Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging
The bag fee takes effect on April 1, 2015.

Recycling Laws International

11 July 2014:

Product Categories for Possible New EPR Programs Identified in Irish Government Report
The categories were included in a performance review of existing Irish EPR programs.

French Senate Resolution Calls for Changes to Proposed EU Plastic Bag Regulations
Among the changes is reducing the minimum thickness for reusable plastic bags.

Switzerland Begins Revision of National Waste Management Law
Bio-waste and construction and demolition waste would be newly covered streams.

France Launches Public Consultation on Updated WEEE Compliance Organization Requirements
Ministry says proposed changes will help France meet recast EU WEEE Directive targets.

Danish Government Rescinds Scheduled Ban on Four Common Phthalates
The start of the problematic ban had already been delayed.

The Bulletin

30 July 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
Low 2014 California Thermostat Recycling May Force More Regulatory Action
Delays in Two Upcoming Stewardship Plans Announced in Ontario
Napa City, California Moves to Ban Single-Use Bags
Maui County, Hawaii Considers Polystyrene Foam Ban and Zero Waste Commitment

Statistics And Trends:
Nebraska Awards Nearly $4.3 Million in Recycling Grants
Michigan DEQ Awards Another $250,000 in Recycling Grants
Hong Kong Glass Bottle Recycling Network Reaches 600 Collection Locations Milestone
Brazilian Environmental Ministry Launches Solid Waste Management Best Practices Tool
UK Single-Use Plastic Carrier Bag Consumption Increased in 2013
Chilean Environmental Minister Asks Public to Engage on Pending EPR Bill

Business Initiatives:
US Paper Industry Claims Continual 63% or Greater Recycling Rate

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