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State Recycling Laws Update

July 2019:

Maine Governor Signs Law to Improve Performance of Product Stewardship Programs
Among the provisions are permanent collection locations, program staffing minimums, consumer awareness survey requirements, and meeting mandatory performance goals.

Beverage Container Deposit Scheme Proposed in Pennsylvania Senate
A five-cent deposit would be placed on returnable beverage containers.

Ban on Range of Disposable Plastic Food Service Items Approved by Palo Alto City Council
The ban takes effect on January 1, 2020.

Changes Made to Portland's Recently Approved Single-Use Plastic Service Ware Ordinance
The changes include delaying the effective date of the ordinance to October 1, 2019.

Honolulu City Council Bill Seeks to Broaden List of Disposable Plastic Food Service Items
Additionally, the current ban exemption on plastic film bags used to transport prepared foods would be removed.

San Francisco City Council Considering Major Changes to Plastic Bag Ordinance
Checkout bag charges would increase and restrictions would be placed on "pre-checkout bags."

Maine Governor Signs Law Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags
Fees for recyclable paper bags and reusable bags must be charged by retailers.

Revamped Plastic Bag Bill Introduced in Massachusetts House of Representatives
Will Massachusetts join the six other states that have banned single-use plastic bags?

Baltimore City Council Member Introduces Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags
The bill would scrap the city's current Plastic Bag Reduction Program.

Canadian Environmental Ministers Release First Phase of Zero Plastic Waste Action Plan
Extended producer responsibility and reducing single-use plastics are among six priorities in the plan.

California Senate Resolution Supports Basel Convention Declaration of Plastic as a Hazardous Material
The resolution also calls on the US Congress to fully ratify the Basel Convention.

Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives Would Restrict US E-Waste Exports
The bill was characterized as a national security and economic development measure by its sponsors.

Bills Introduced in New Jersey Legislature Call for Study on How to Improve State Recycling
A nine-member task force would be created to conduct the study.

City of Boston May Establish a Textile Recycling Program
A government public hearing on the idea may be held soon.

New Hampshire General Courts Approves Ban on Flame Retardant Chemicals
The ban takes effect on January 1, 2020.

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