Lawmakers Introduce Record Number of Recycling Bills

State lawmakers introduced a record number of recycling bills in 2000 and 2001, though only a small number made it through this year, according to the "State Recycling Laws Update Year-End Edition 2001," to be published in September.

A total of 44 mercury restriction bills were introduced this year, though only four passed. The strongest bill is Indiana's, which prohibits the sale of most mercury-added novelties, limits the sale of mercury thermometers and restricts schools from using mercury compounds or mercury-containing instruments by July, 2003.

There were 54 container deposit bills introduced in 20 states in 2001. Even though Hawaii's bill nearly made it to the governor's desk, none of the other bills moved far this session.

Meanwhile, there has been a small explosion in electronics recycling bills, with about 20 bills introduced in 2001- more than double those in 2000. While only two bills passed, interest in electronics recovery is high this year.

The annual SRLU survey found only four states have clarified that cathode ray tubes can be recycled under the Universal Waste Rule, though eight more have proposals in the works. This means if a business accumulates too many CRT's, it becomes a "small quantity generator" of hazardous waste, keeping electronics recycling in a legal limbo area for now.

The new state recycling managers survey results, as well as an updated version of 32 issue summaries and a complete 50-state wrap of existing laws will be in the new SRLU Year-End Edition 2001.

The Year-End edition is published by Raymond Communications, Inc. which publishes the monthly State Recycling Laws Update. For more information on the year-end report or newsletter call 301-345-4237 or visit their website at

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