China’s three-month-old import action has stalled shipments of some recovered materials from the U.S. and led to substantial import fee increases for shipments that do clear customs.
A contamination-reduction campaign draws an angry response from some residents, and New York City approves a ban on polystyrene foam food-service items (again).
A Canadian city brings in nearly $10 million through sales of recyclables, and a community attempts to educate residents to cut down on its costly contamination problem.
International brand owner General Mills says recycled content made up 42 percent of the weight of its U.S. packaging last year, down from the year before.
Two pieces of legislation recently introduced in Connecticut aim to reshape the state’s deposit system. One bill expands the state’s 5-cent deposit on beverage containers, and the other removes it.
With the frequency of container deposit-related legislation, advocates often look to other states for examples of what to expect when a new law is proposed, and there’s no shortage of states to refer to.
California officials say they intercepted two semi-trucks carrying used beverage containers from Arizona to California, where they were going to be illegally redeemed.
Maine’s lawmakers and governor are fighting a big battle over small containers. The legislature wants to place a deposit on liquor bottles called “nips,” but Gov. Paul LePage is vowing to fight it.