State Recycling Laws Update

22 September 2014:

Bill Introduced in Michigan Would Require Quarterly Reports from Recyclers
DEQ would compile recyclers' reports into an annual report for the state legislature.

Increase in Pennsylvania Landfill Disposal Fee Proposed to Fund Social Support Program
Residents with autism and intellectual disabilities would be the beneficiaries.

Bill in US Senate Would Place a Tax on 42 Hazardous Chemicals
The tax would support remediation of SuperFund sites.

Proposed Seattle Ordinance Would Require Recycling of Food Waste and Compostable Paper
Ordinance would apply to residences and commercial establishments.

Montgomery County, Maryland Considers Polystyrene Foam Packaging Ban
Polystyrene loose fill packaging would also be banned.

Recycling Council of Ontario Releases Technical Document on Battery Recycling Reporting
Recommendations are likely to be approved early next year.

Recycling Laws International

19 September 2014:

Brazil Seeks Comments on Draft Packaging and Fluorescent Lamps EPR Agreements
The agreements are among six authorized by the 2010 National Policy on Solid Waste.

Irish EPA Releases Public Sector Green Procurement Guidance
Guidance covers IT equipment, paper, cleaning products and five other categories.

Swedish EPA Proposes 23 Measures to Promote Sustainable Consumption
Making products more durable, removing hazardous chemicals and developing a national LCA database are a few of the measures proposed.

Bulgaria Releases Draft National Waste Plan
Plan includes a separate waste prevention program.

Swiss FOEN Satisfied With Beverage Container Recycling Performance
The latest data includes a 94% overall container recycling rate; beverage container LCA published.

The Bulletin

17 September 2014:

Government and Regulatory:
Danish EPA Rescinds National Ban on Four Common Phthalates
Philippine Senator Calls for Investigation of Imported Canadian Waste
CalRecycle Approves Nearly $200,000 in Paint Stewardship Program Administrative Fees
California DTSC Opens Public Consultation on Draft SCP Priority Products Workplan

Statistics and Trends:
Dutch Government and Marine Industry Sign Plastic Waste Agreement
Germany's Oko-Institut Revamps Eco-Friendly Consumer Products Website
Swedish Energy Agency Concerned About Energy Efficiency of Video Game Consoles
Victorian Government Launches Food Waste Reduction Public Education Campaign
Canadian Environmental Ministers Publish State of Waste Management Report
Recent California County Ordinance Cuts Single-Use Bag Consumption by 85%

Business Initiatives:
UK Waste Association Releases Biowaste Strategy
EU Aluminum Industry Calls for Improving Packaging EPR

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