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Regulations By State

Individual governments and towns can set recycling goals or prohibit the disposal of recyclable materials in landfills. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, & North Carolina are among the states which have landfill prohibitions. Some communities have even outlawed the use of plastic bags. As per the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC), 25 states now have some form of electronic recycling legislation. The ERCC is a platform for state/local agencies implementing electronics recycling regulations to coordinate and share information.

Recycling Is Required.

Some towns and jurisdictions, including Seattle, have enacted obligatory recycling legislation for both businesses and residents, imposing fines on those who discard recyclable goods. Minnesota is also enacting harsher recycling regulations for commercial entities including companies and sports facilities. Cal Recycle is seeking to create a mandatory business recycling law in California to encourage more recycling in the commercial sector.

Bottle Charge

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New York, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts,  Oregon, & Vermont are among the states that have passed legislation establishing deposits or return values to encourage the reuse & recycling of beverage containers. This is known as a container deposit law or bottle bill. The majority of jurisdictions reimburse five cents each can or bottle, however other states might reimburse up to ten cents.

Commercial enterprises have the greatest opportunity to increase recycling and waste reduction. Businesses that generate big amounts of recyclable material may be able to save money by not having to dispose of them as rubbish. The commercial sector should be especially prepared as recycling legislation and obligatory recycling become more common. Working towards a better recycling program me benefits both your business and the environment.