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Mattress stewardship programs and fees

The stewardship organization Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) which operates programs in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and California, recently completed first year annual reports for all three programs and changed the mattress recycling fee consumers pay at the point of purchase.

China proposes ban on recycling imports

In July, China announced its intention to ban the import of certain recyclable materials ("several plastic resins including PET, PE, PVC, PS, and "other" plastics), textiles, unsorted mixed paper, and other materials") starting in 2018. Experts are weighing in on the potential effects to markets and U.S. curbside recycling programs. Clarissa Morawski sees opportunities.

Recent conferences, workshops and webinars - Fall 2017

Video, notes, or slides from these events can be found at:

Job: PaintCare California SE regional coordinator

PaintCare, the paint stewardship organization which manages paint stewardship programs in 8 states and Washington, DC, is hiring a Southeast Regional Coordinator for California (PDF), to assist with growing and maintaining the paint stewardship program in California.

California considers changes to state-run electronics recycling

On Oct. 11, 2017, CalRecycle held a morning hearing followed by an

Snohomish County opens secure medicine return kiosks

On Aug. 1, 2017, Snohomish County cut the ribbon on the first of more than twenty expected secure medicine return kiosks, the second county-level pharmaceutical stewardship program in Washington state.

Clallam County votes to develop secure medicine return law

Clallam County Board of Health voted unanimously August 1 "to pursue a medicine return policy for Clallam County... The Board is expected to discuss the fee schedule at its August 15 [2017] meeting...

Businesses and producer responsibility: lead or be led?

In a keynote address to the July 2017 U.S.

California workshops: mattresses and packaging

CalRecycle will host a workshop on Aug. 15, 2017 in Sacramento to "gather public comments and input on a draft staff proposal for the development of the state mattress recycling baseline amount and state mattress recycling goals," as required by the California Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act. This is a public workshop, registeration not required, accessible in person or via webcast.