State Recycling Laws Update

19 May 2017:

Minnesota Enacts Law Prohibiting Local Single-Use Bag Ordinances
The measure was inserted in an omnibus spending bill.

Louisiana Approves Law Authorizing Local Waste Tire Storage Ordinances
Ordinance violators will face fines that will be placed in the state Waste Tire Management Fund.

Illinois General Assembly Approves Expansion of Government Facilities that Can Collect Pharmaceuticals for Disposal
The law will take immediate effect.

Bill Introduced in Delaware House Would Extend Store Recycling Program for Plastic Bags
Stores would also need to register with the DNREC.

California Assembly Approves Bill to Gather Fresh Data on Ocean Plastic Pollution
The measure is being considered in the Senate.

Bill Requiring Disclosure of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals in Packaged Food Clears Maine House of Representatives
The bill still needs approval by the Senate and Governor LePage.

Columbus, Ohio Approves Ordinance to Make Property Owners Pay for Solid Waste Removal Costs
Emergency action was taken so that assessments could be placed on January 2017 tax duplicates as future liens.

Los Angeles Board of Public Works Approves In-Sink Residential Food Disposal Project
Project funding set at $2 million.

Regulation of Used Clothing Bins Proposed in Delaware General Assembly
Bin owners would have to obtain state permits and pay annual fees.

Recycling Laws International

26 June 2017:

London Waste and Recycling Board Releases Roadmap for a Circular Economy
The roadmap focuses on the built environment, food, textiles, electrical products and plastics.

Swedish EPA Issues Guidance on Recycling of Materials Containing Hazardous Substances
The intended audiences are recycling companies and support organizations.

Norwegian Food Industry Associations and Government Sign Voluntary Agreement to Reduce Food Waste
The agreement includes waste reduction targets and reporting and cooperation commitments.

New Zealand Launches Public Consultation on Draft Waste Tire Storage Regulations
Local authorities would be given power to require submission and grant approvals for storage sites.

Brazilian Deputado Proposes Price Reductions on Aging Food to Help Prevent Waste
Food stores that do not provide the discounts would face penalties under a consumer protection law.

European Chemicals Agency Adds Bisphenol-A to Its List of Substances of Very High Concern
A key ECHA committee also recommended further restricting the use of four common phthalates.

The Bulletin

21 June 2017:

Regulatory Developments:
Nebraska DEQ Launches Public Comment Website for Mandated Solid Waste Management Study
Connecticut DEEP Issues Warning about Children's Products Containing Three Flame Retardants
Four Illegal E-Waste Importers Convicted in Hong Kong Court

Statistics and Trends:
Norwegian Environmental Minister Calls for Public-Private Agreement to Cut Food Waste by 50%
Michigan DEQ Awards $2.9 Million in Scrap Tire Market Development Grants
Northern Territory Announces Grants Available for Container Deposit Scheme Facilities Development
German Agricultural Plastic Film Recycling Surpassed 5,400 Tons in 2016
French Battery Recycling Compliance Scheme Rolls Out New, Better Collection Bins

Business Initiatives:
Australian Battery Recycling Initiative Supports Landfill Ban on All Batteries in Victoria
Brazilian Plastics Industry Association Signs Agreement to Help Reduce Marine Plastics Pollution

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