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Carpet recycling, oil, and voluntary product stewardship

A Feb. 5, 2018 feature in Floor Covering Weekly by Janet Herlihy examined the difficulties facing the carpet recycling industry: the drop in oil prices resulted in a dramatic drop in demand for recycled polymers, carpet being but one example, which has been "devastating for businesses involved in [carpet] recycling."

Changes in EU waste directives

In the January 2018 Resource Recycling, Clarissa Morawski highlights recent legislative amendments to six key waste directives in Europe as part of their Circular Economy Package:

Recycled content container bill in California

SB 168, which would require CalRecycle to establish by 2023 minimum recycled content standards for metal, glass, or plastic beverage containers, passed

Ontario transitioning from shared to full producer responsibility

In 2016, Ontario passed the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016, which enacts the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016, (WDTA) and replaces the Waste Diversion Act, 2002, with "a new producer responsibility framework that makes producers individually responsible and accountable for their products and packaging at end of life." With the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016, the former W

Solar stewardship in Washington state

In 2017, Washington passed ESSB 5939, the Solar Incentives Job Bill, the first law in the nation to require manufacturers to manage and finance the safe recycling of solar units at end of life, at no cost to the owner of the product. The Washington Dept. of Ecology has begun program implementation, contacting manufacturers, planning a stakeholder meeting for Feb.

Stewardship legislation in the Northwest, Feb. 2018

2018 legislative sessions began Jan. 8 in Olympia and Feb. 5 in Salem – last year's stewardship bills are still active:

Fair Repair bill hearing Jan. 9 in Washington House

The Washington state House Committee on Technology & Economic Development is scheduled Tuesday January 9, 2018 at 10am to hear HB 2279 concerning the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic productswatch live TVW video of the hearing

Washington Mercury Lights Stewardship update

In 2017, LightRecycle collected 994,661 mercury-containing lights through September, weighing 463,711 lbs. With more than 200 collection sites in Washington, including businesses and municipal facilities, LightRecycle has recycled more than two million mercury-containing lights since launching in 2015.

Advisory committee appointed to the California Carpet Stewardship program

In accordance with the recently amended Product Stewardship for Carpets Law, CalRecycle, which oversess the California Carpet Stewardship program, appointed in Dec.

Beyond plastic waste and the New Plastics Economy

An editorial by Ellen MacArthur in the Nov.