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China: National Plan on Banning “Foreign Garbage” and Reducing Solid Waste Imports

(Aug. 8, 2017) On July 27, 2017, China’s State Council released the Implementation Plan on Banning Entry of Foreign Garbage and Reforming the Administrative System of Solid Waste Importation (Plan). The Plan announces that by the end of 2017 solid waste posing a serious threat to the environment and causing widespread public concern will be […]

Seychelles: Ban on Plastics Takes Effect

As a solution to a major solid waste management problem, a ban on plastics came into effect on July 1, 2017, in the Republic of Seychelles. (Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade, Notification: Seychelles – Plastic Bags, G/TBT/N/SYC/3 (July 2, 2017), World Trade Organization (WTO) website (click on “English” hyperlink to view text of the […]

Italy: Comprehensive Legislation on the “Green Economy”

(Feb. 24, 2016) On December 28, 2015, Italy passed historic and wide-ranging legislation for the promotion of the “green economy.” Law No. 221 entered into effect on February 2, 2016.  (Law No. 221 of December 28, 2015, Provisions on the Environment to Promote the Green Economy and to Restrict the Excessive Use of Natural Resources […]

Japan: Flood Prevention and Sewerage Service Acts Amended

(June 11, 2015) Flood damage cost 410 billion yen (about US$ 3.3 billion) in Japan in 2013. (Press Release, On the 2013 Total Cost of Flood Damage (Mar. 27, 2015), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) (in Japanese).) Under the current Flood Prevention Act (Act No. 193 of 1949, amended by Act No. […]

Taiwan: Fines for Cigarette Littering to Be Increased in Taipei

(Apr. 9, 2015) The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of the Taipei City government announced on April 4, 2015, that in order to reduce acts of littering with cigarette butts, it would raise the fines for repeat offenders. The department also plans to coordinate with the Taipei Department of Health, the Urban Development Department, and […]

Brazil: Dismantling of Cars Regulated

(May 28, 2014) On May 20, 2104, Brazil promulgated Law No. 12,977, which regulates the dismantling of motor vehicles in the country that are subject to the Brazilian Traffic Code (Lei No. 12.977, de 20 de Maio de 2014, art. 1, PLANALTO; Código de Trânsito Brasileiro (Sept. 23, 1997), PLANALTO). The new law was published […]