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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.

The future of solid waste funding in Washington state

In a July 2017 three part report for the Washington Department of Ecology, Cascadia Consulting Group researched, identified, and recommended options to strengthen the state’s funding system for solid waste management. Among the four state-level

Two more county medicine stewardship ordinances in Washington

By 2018, 60% of Washington’s population will have access to safe medicine disposal, according to Zero Waste Washington’s press release on medicine stewardship.

Mattress stewardship programs and illegal dumping

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) stewardship organization, 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. Highlights from MRC California's first year (2016) annual report:

First solar stewardship law in U.S. – learn more at Jan. 4, 2018 webinar

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 stewardship requirement is part of larger bill that incentivizes solar unit ownership and creates solar jobs locally.

Canadian electronics stewardship program expands to include microwaves

Of the 23 states which have electronics stewardship programs, none cover the recycling of microwaves, including neither E-Cycle Washington nor Oregon E-Cycles.

Right to Repair bill in Washington legislature

The Repair Association plans to put forward a "Right to Repair" bill in January 2018: Concerning the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products.