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E-Cycle Washington 2023 data

In March 2023, E-Cycle Washington collected 1.8 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors for recycling. The year-to-date collection total for 2023 is 3.13 million pounds or 103% compared to the 3.04 million pounds collected over the same period in 2022. Over the program’s lifetime the total volume collected is 456.5 million pounds.

California, Colorado, Oregon Officials Talk Packaging EPR Implementation

Packaging Dive, March 2023: The four states leading the way in the U.S. with packaging EPR – Maine, Oregon, Colorado, and California – are working through their rulemaking and encouraging collaboration and harmonization in programs where it’s statutorily possible. In a recent webinar hosted by AMERIPEN, representatives from California, Colorado, and Oregon discussed their laws' various elements and commonalities.

Why America Needs a National Bottle Bill

A national deposit return system, often called a bottle bill, would have various and widespread benefits, including increased recycling rates, create jobs in the collection, processing, and transportation of recycled materials and products, significantly reduce litter, engage the public, and save taxpayers money, and finally would spur innovation in the recycling sector.

Oregon Bill to Revamp their E-Cycles Program Advances in Legislature

In an April 2023 article in Resource Recycling, Oregon’s Ecycles amendment would make some critical changes to the current electronics recycling program, including expanding the list of covered electronic devices, setting new standards for locations of collection sites, and establishing new requirements for PROs to sign contracts with permitted waste facilities.

Washington Passes Battery EPR Legislation

Washington’s bill contains all the elements of a successful EPR program and will serve as a foundation for other states to consider EPR for batteries.

British Columbia EPR program accepting more materials

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, RecycleBC accepts more packaging and paper products in its producer responsibility program, including foam products, flexible plastic products, single use plastic straws, plates, and utensils.

Washington WRAP Act, including EPR and Bottle Bill, won't move forward in 2023

Though the Washington Recycling and Packaging (WRAP) Act passed out of House committees in February 2023, it did not receive a House floor vote. The bill would have created an extended producer responsibility (EPR) system and bottle bill, but did not manage to get sufficient support.

EPR 'crucial' to hitting resource recovery goal, GFL exec says

During a March 2023 webinar hosted by the Product Stewardship Institute, waste leaders from across the U.S. and Europe discussed the growth of extended producer responsibility for packaging in the U.S.

The future of EPR in the EU

In February 2023, Ecoveritas spoke with Dr. Thomas Lindhquist about the future of EPR in the EU. Dr.

Social-economic benefits of deposit return

A January 2023 fact sheet from Reloop described and compared the social-economic benefits of deposit return systems (DRS) for charities and other nonprofit organizations, in seven countries in Europe, and Canada, Australia, and the state of Oregon.