State Recycling Laws Update

2 October 2015:

New York Supreme Court Overturns NYC Ban on Polystyrene Foam Carryout Food Containers
Court suggested that a DSNY assessment that EPS packaging is not practical to recycle may have been short-sighted.

California DTSC Releases Draft Guidance on Safer Alternative Analysis
Two webinars are scheduled for October to explain the draft guidance and get feedback.

Pennsylvania Bill Would Require Public Schools to Use Green Cleaning Products
Sponsor says many traditional cleaning products contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Bill Introduced in Michigan Would Require Reporting by Recycling Establishments
Tonnages of six specific recyclable materials would be reported.

Scrap Material Theft Prevention Is Focus of Two Recent Bills in Pennsylvania
One bill places new requirements on scrap processors and recyclers, the other sets penalties for secondary metal theft.

Landfill Disposal Ban on Used Oil Filters Proposed in Illinois General Assembly
Disposal of used oil has been banned for years.

Recycling Laws International

28 September 2015:

Food Waste Reduction Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara
The bill includes a landfill ban on all food still deemed edible by either humans or animals.

French Government Opens Call for Proposals to Support a Circular Economy
Candidate projects should focus on specific aspects of product eco-design, recycling, and remanufacturing.

Swedish Chemicals Agency Wants to Expand Regulation of PFAS
Proposed new regulations will be presented to the Swedish Government early next year.

Norway Consults on Draft Hazardous Waste Transport Regulations Changes
Regulations would transpose new elements of the EU Waste Framework Directive into Norwegian law.

Brazilian Senate Investigates Continued Operation of Prohibited Open Air Dumps
A Senate committee discusses possible new financial and other support for struggling municipalities.

The Bulletin

7 October 2015:

Government and Regulatory:
California DTSC Opens Public Consultation on Revised Draft Thermostat Recycling Plan
Suit Filed over Arizona Law Prohibiting Local Plastic Bag Ordinances
Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate Calls for Restricting Three More Chemicals EU-wide

Statistics and Trends:
Hong Kong Launches $1 Billion Recycling Fund
Danish Household Waste Recycling Portal Opened by EPA
EPR Canada Releases Latest EPR "Report Card" for the Provinces
Six Tons of E-Waste Collected during Municipal Event in Peru
Scottish Recycled Materials Brokerage Service about to Pursue First Contracts
Taiwan Tries Recycled Tire Rubber in Highway Paving Pilot Project
Ohio EPA Announces Availability of 2016 Recycling Grants

Business and Industry Initiatives:
Pepsico Reports 93% Landfill Diversion Rate
ISRI Proposes Specification Changes for Recycled Plastic Bales

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