State Recycling Laws Update

3 August 2015:

Draft Revised Waste Packaging and Paper Stewardship Plan for Saskatchewan Released
A public consultation is open through August 28.

Honolulu City Council Wants to Discount Fees for Disposal of Recycling Residue
Measure is presented as a financial incentive to increase recycling.

Portland, Maine Raises Pay-As-You-Throw Bag Fees
The first increase in five years will help cover raising waste collection costs.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors Moving Forward with Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban
A ten-cent fee would be placed on each recyclable paper bag distributed.

New York City Council Considers Increasing Fines for Littering
Fixed fine amounts would replace fine ranges.

Maine DEP Designates Four Phthalates as Priority Chemicals
Designation establishes reporting requirements for children's product manufacturers.

Recycling Laws International

27 July 2015:

Defra Publishes Single Use Carrier Bag Charges Order and Policy Paper
English retailers with 250 or more employees must charge for their bags starting in October.

Danish EPA Launches Consultation on Draft Changes to Beverage Container Deposit Regulations
Several of the changes would benefit the Dansk Retursystem compliance scheme.

New Zealand Government Announces National In-Store Plastics Recycling Initiative
Grants totaling $1.2 million allocated to launch trial program.

Waste Electronics and Batteries EPR Bill Introduced in Brazilian Camara
The proposed law would augment the National Policy on Solid Waste of 2010.

Australian Environmental Ministers Endorse Stewardship of Waste Paint and Batteries
Fifteen percent national e-waste recycling target increase welcomed.

South Australia Consults on Draft Bill to Update State Litter and Illegal Dumping Laws
The proposed penalties for violators would be the toughest in the Commonwealth.

The Bulletin

29 July 2015:

Government and Regulatory:
Brazilian Environmental Ministry Approves and Funds Latest State Solid Waste Plan
Danish EPA Orders Market Removal of Nail Glue Containing Carcinogen

Statistics and Trends:
Nebraska DEQ Awards $2.26 Million in Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants
CEC Making C$1.3 Million in Grants to North America Community Groups
City of Austin, Texas Seeks Ideas to Boost Recycling Rate
New South Wales EPA Says Organic Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants Available
Survey Finds Belgians Prefer Curbside Beverage Container Recycling Over a Deposit Scheme
Latvian Environmental Minister Concerned about Low National Recycling Rate

Business and Industry Initiatives:
Major UK Retailer Launches Instant WEEE Trade-In Policy
Recylum Launches Waste Lighting Collection at Industrial Work Sites
Packaging Consortium Releases Life Cycle Analysis of Single-Serve Coffee Systems
Embaquim Launches Bag-in-Box Packaging Made with Renewable Source Plastic

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