State Recycling Laws Update

22 May 2019:

Illinois General Assembly Approves Law Prohibiting Mixing of Rechargeable Batteries in Recyclable Waste
The bill was approved as a safety measure because of the risk of fire and explosions associated with lithium batteries.

New York State Senator Calls for Study on Alternative Municipal Uses for Recycled Glass
The study would be conducted by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Omaha, Nebraska City Council Approves Ordinance to Ban Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bags
The mayor says she will veto the measure.

Wisconsin Is the Latest State to Consider a Ban on Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging
Retailer food business operators could receive financial penalties of up to $250 for violating the law.

Proposal to Ban Disposable Food Service Containers and Plastic Drink Stirrers Introduced in Rhode Island General Assembly
The ban on disposable food service containers would include containers used for raw meats and eggs.

Ohio Legislature to Consider Bill to Prevent Local Ordinances that Tax or Impose fees on Auxiliary Containers
More than a half dozen states have approved similar bills in the past few years.

New Jersey Senate Adds Companion to Bill that Would Establish Recycling in State Government Facilities
If approved, the law would take effect immediately.

Recycling Laws International

20 May 2019:

Formation of a Partnership on Plastic Wastes Agreed to at Latest Basel Convention Meeting
Nominations for membership in a Partnership working group are being accepted.

Japanese Government Releases Draft Strategy for Plastic Resources Circulation
Among the goals in the strategy is reducing single-use plastics consumption by 25% by 2030.

New Zealand Government Plans to Revamp Domestic Recycling and Resource Recovery Efforts
The effects of China's National Sword Policy cited as a key reason for making domestic recycling infrastructure and processing capabilities improvements.

Norwegian Ministry of Environment Organizes Working Group to Address Environmentally Challenging Disposable Products
The working group will present initial proposals on September 15.

Bill to Ban Several Common Disposable Plastic Items Introduced in Chilean Senado
The ban includes bottles, bags and eating utensils.

Two More Bills to Reduce Disposable Plastics Use Were Introduced in the Brazilian Camara dos Deputados
Both bills would provide a two-year period for manufacturers and distributors to adjust for the new restrictions

European Commission Drafts Common Methodology for Member States to Measure Food Waste Levels
The methodologies support food waste regulations included in the EU Waste Framework Directive.

The Bulletin

15 May 2019:

Regulatory Developments:
Scottish Government Releases Some Details about Upcoming Beverage Container Deposit Return Scheme
Recycling Council of British Columbia Seeks Input on Possible New Provincial EPR Programs
Albuquerque City Council Approves Restrictions on Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bags

Statistics and Trends:
Danish Container Deposit Scheme Reports Record 1.4 Billion Redemptions in 2018
Dutch Waste Battery Collection Level Up More Than 7% in 2018
CalRecycle Awards $11 Million to Five Companies to Enhance the State's Recycling Infrastructure
UK Government Awards £4 Million to Divert Commercial Surplus Food Waste
New South Wales EPA Announces $2.6 Million Available for Organic Waste Diversion Grants
ACT Government Lists Seven Most Common Consumer Recycling Mistakes

Business Initiatives:
TOMRA Reaches 40 Billion Annual Beverage Container Redemptions Milestone

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