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Washington and California legislators talk EPR in Seattle

California CFEE visit to Recycle BC, via Fiona MaWashington Senators Das and Carlyle, Representatives Doglio and Fitzgibbon, and a contingent of legislators from California met in Seattle on August 1, 2019 to talk about extended producer responsibility (EPR), energy, environment, and the climate work that was achieved this past session.

Federal proposal to "tackle plastic waste pollution crisis"

In a July 2019 press release, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) announced that they plan to introduce comprehensive legislation this fall to tackle the plastic waste crisis.

Oregon is sixth state to pass medicine stewardship

In August 2019, the Governor of Oregon signed into law HB 3273, requiring manufacturers of covered drugs to develop and implement a drug take-back program by July 1, 2021, and submit plans for participating in a program by Nov. 1, 2020.

Plastic packaging bills in California

From June 5, 2019 Resource Recycling on the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act: "A pair of California bills taking aim at single-use plastic packaging are getting close to the governor’s desk...

Canadian manufacturers might be better at recycling than municipalities

In August 2019, the "province of Ontario, Canada, announced it is adopting extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation to shift operating costs for its Blue Box [curbside recycling] Program from municipal taxpayers to the producers of products and packaging collected through the program.

California finalizing medicine and sharps EPR program

SB 212, passed in 2018, "established a uniform take-back program to provide safe and convenient disposal statewide of medication and sharps. The program requires the manufacturers of needles and medications to provide for disposal and the program’s promotion. This “producer pays” policy approach has been very successfully implemented in Canada, Europe and Mexico for pharmaceuticals and in France for needles.

Washington passes plastic packaging stewardship bill into law

Washington's plastic packaging stewardship study bill (SB 5397) passed and was signed into law May 21, 2019.

Washington passes paint stewardship bill into law

After eight years of testimony from supporters, paint stewardship (HB 1652) passed and was signed into law on May 9, 2019 (the law's effective date is July 28, 2019).

Vermont passes sweeping single-use plastics ban

On May 22, 2019, the Vermont legislature passed S.113, an act relating to the management of single-use products, according to an article in Resource Recycling.

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