Recycling

Oregon's Single-Use Bag Law & FAQ

8 Jan 2020

What is it?
House Bill (HB) 2509, passed in the 2019 Oregon legislative session, prohibits retail stores and restaurants from providing single-use checkout bags to customers, and places restrictions on other checkout bags they may provide. The ban went into effect on January 1, 2020.

After that, a retail store or restaurant may provide only reusable or recycled paper checkout bags to customers. In certain cases, they must charge a fee to customers for providing the bag.

Outlines of Plastic Waste Debate Emerge in Congress as Lawmakers Step Up Focus

9 Sep 2019

While it’s still early stages, some lawmakers are floating ideas like producer responsibility bills for packaging and European Union-style restrictions on some single-use plastics. But other legislators seem to be steering toward proposals that focus on more traditional goals, like building out government-financed curbside recycling infrastructure.

Legislative Act Could Create Catalyst in Reduction of California Plastic Waste

6 Sep 2019

Senate Bill 54 and Assembly Bill 1080, collectively called the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, are identical companion bills that aim to reduce single-use packaging and product waste in California by 75% by 2030. The two bills were proposed by Sen. Ben Allen, who represents parts of southern and western Los Angeles county, and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who represents southern San Diego.

Reaching rural areas with Recyclops

4 Sep 2019

Recyclops, which offers curbside recycling in rural areas, is now operating in 40 cities across five states.

Any time Utah-based Recyclops, which offers "convenient and affordable" recycling in rural areas across the U.S., launches a program in a new city, the business does a signup campaign for services to begin. When 150 residents signed up for the recycling program in two days in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, Ryan Smith, Recyclops CEO, hopped on a plane to launch the program.

The Recycling Partnership Announces New Tool - DIYSigns: Online Sign Templates for Recycling Containers

2 Sep 2019

Need a recycling sign for accepted materials in your office, apartment complex, university, school, or drop-off program? Meet DIYSigns, The Recycling Partnership’s latest free online tool (Beta).
 
DIYSigns is a free, editable resource that assists with the production of consistent signage to help Americans know what to throw into any recycling container, anywhere.
 
Help reduce consumer confusion by informing residents what they should recycle, right where the behavior is taking place. More than 100 variations available!
 

China to increase tariffs on US OCC and other materials

27 Aug 2019

U.S. exporters who are still moving OCC and other recyclables to China may face higher costs, after the Chinese government last week announced additional tariffs on key scrap materials.

OCC, newsprint and some higher-grade recovered fibers will face an additional 5% tariff when imported into China, according to an announcement from the Chinese government. The list also includes scrap aluminum.

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