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Plastic packaging bills in California

From June 5, 2019 Resource Recycling on the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act: "A pair of California bills taking aim at single-use plastic packaging are getting close to the governor’s desk...

Canadian manufacturers might be better at recycling than municipalities

In August 2019, the "province of Ontario, Canada, announced it is adopting extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation to shift operating costs for its Blue Box [curbside recycling] Program from municipal taxpayers to the producers of products and packaging collected through the program.

California finalizing medicine and sharps EPR program

SB 212, passed in 2018, "established a uniform take-back program to provide safe and convenient disposal statewide of medication and sharps. The program requires the manufacturers of needles and medications to provide for disposal and the program’s promotion. This “producer pays” policy approach has been very successfully implemented in Canada, Europe and Mexico for pharmaceuticals and in France for needles.

Washington passes plastic packaging stewardship bill into law

Washington's plastic packaging stewardship study bill (SB 5397) passed and was signed into law May 21, 2019.

Washington passes paint stewardship bill into law

After eight years of testimony from supporters, paint stewardship (HB 1652) passed and was signed into law on May 9, 2019 (the law's effective date is July 28, 2019).

Vermont passes sweeping single-use plastics ban

On May 22, 2019, the Vermont legislature passed S.113, an act relating to the management of single-use products, according to an article in Resource Recycling.

LightRecycle Washington - March 2019 update

In 2018, Washingtonians recycled 1,271,304 mercury-containing lights, weighing almost 600,000 pounds, via LightRecycle Washington. LightRecycle, a manufacturer operated product stewardship program run by nonprofit Product Care Recycling and overseen by the Washington Department of Ecology, allows individuals and businesses to recycle up to 10 mercury-containing lights per day at sites throughout Washington – find a location near you.

Regulations, oversight, and lessons learned from Total Reclaim

Owners of Total Reclaim, the oldest and largest Seattle-area electronics recycler, were sentenced to prison for "conspiracy to commit wire fraud." According to the

Basel Convention will control plastic waste trade

On May 10, 2019, plastic was officially added to the Basel Convention, a treaty that controls the movement of hazardous waste between countries. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, plastic waste that is contaminated will be treated as “hazardous material” rather than “solid plastic waste.” It will require prior consent from receiving countries before waste is allowed for export.

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