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China tells manufacturers they are responsible for electric vehicle battery recycling

China issued interim rules in February 2018 that place the burden to properly recycle batteries from electric vehicles on manufacturers, including establishing maintence facilities for convenient repair or exchange of old batteries; incentives for proper disposal; a tracking system to deter illegal disposal; and training for recycling centers, according to Clean Technica:

EU electronics producers create new Information for Recyclers platform

"Easily accessible information about the presence of batteries, printed circuit boards or plastics containing brominated flame retardants in e-waste is what recyclers require," said Pascal Leroy of the WEEE Forum in Recycling MagazineFeb. 28, 2018.

LightRecycle Washington fee increased February 2018

While the number of fluorescent (and other mercury-containing) lights collected and recycled in Washington continues to increase, their sales (and hence the fee collected to fund their recycling) are declining. On Feb. 1, 2018, LightRecycle Washington's environmental handling charge (EHC) increased from $0.50 to $0.95 per mercury-containing light.

Solar stewardship in Washington March 2018 update

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.

GreenSheen latex paint recycling and the Take it Back Network

With a lack of progress in the Washington legislature towards a statewide producer responsibility system since 2012, as an interim step, King County initiated in 2018 a for-fee latex paint recycling service partnership with GreenSheen and local stores via the Take it Back Network.

EPR for HHW bill in Vermont

H 560 passed the Vermont House on March 21, 2018 and awaits their Senate. If the bill passes (the Governor pledged not to impose any new taxes or fees, including H 560):

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