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France: New Anti-waste Law Adopted

(Mar. 20, 2020) On February 10, 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron signed into law Loi n° 2020-105 relative à la lutte contre le gaspillage et à l’économie circulaire (Law No. 2020-105 Regarding a Circular Economy and the Fight Against Waste). This law aims to help change the French society model “from a linear economy to […]

Sweden: Parliament Votes to Adopt Tax on Plastic Bags

(Jan. 31, 2020) On January 29, 2020, the Swedish Parliament voted to approve a tax on plastic bags. Under the new rules most plastic bags will be taxed at SEK 3 (about US$0.31) apiece, while smaller and thinner plastic bags will be taxed at 30 öre (SEK 0.30, about US$0.03) apiece. Smaller plastic bags are […]

Tuvalu: Ban on Single-Use Plastics Commences

(Aug. 19, 2019) On July 29, 2019, it was reported that the Tuvalu government will ban certain single-use plastic items from August 1, 2019, and will also introduce an importation levy on specific items to help pay for their recycling or shipment out of the country once they are dumped as waste. According to the […]

China: New Waste-Sorting Rules to Take Effect in Shanghai

(June 27, 2019) On July 1, 2019, the Shanghai Household Waste Management Regulation will take effect. Passed by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress on January 31, 2019, the Regulation establishes rules for sorting household waste and restricts disposable items provided by restaurants and hotels in Shanghai. (Shanghai Household Waste Management Regulation (Jan. 31, 2019, effective […]

New Zealand: Mandatory Phase Out of Single-Use Plastic Bags to Commence Mid-2019

(Dec. 3, 2018) On November 24, 2018, Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, announced that the New Zealand government had decided that a mandatory phaseout of single-use plastic shopping bags will come into effect in the middle of 2019. (Press Release, Eugenie Sage, Mandatory Phase Out of Single-Use Plastic Bags Confirmed (Nov. 24, 2018).) […]