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Environmental Law Insights Blog

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International E-Waste Laws Extend to Victoria

Australia - July 18 2019 The global push for prohibitions on both the landfilling and exporting (to the developing world) of e-waste has given rise to new legislative…

North America’s First Regulated Design-for-Environment Standards

USA - June 14 2019 As the pace quickens in imposing full Extended Producer Responsibility for numerous regulated products and materials under Ontario’s Resource Recovery…

Who’s Making the Rules on Global Plastics?

Global - June 7 2019 There is no question that dramatic changes are coming for the supply and reverse supply chain for plastics that will impact packaging, containers, and…

Brands are Collateral Damage in the International Garbage Wars

Global - June 3 2019 2019 will likely go down as the year that (developing) Asian countries have finally had enough of western garbage. Indeed, their final victory in…

Can-Am Recycling of Batteries Made Easier Under New Cross-Border Regulation

Canada, USA - March 15 2019 The interprovincial and international movement of hazardous recyclable materials, such as used batteries, is already big business and will only grow…

Chile to Incorporate Informal Waste Sector into EPR

Chile - March 8 2019 The transition to a circular economy, including the move to a form of full Extended Producer Responsibility, invariably requires adapting…

South Africa’s Transformative Shift to EPR: Beyond Waste

South Africa - March 5 2019 South Africa is in the midst of a significant overhaul of its product stewardship and waste diversion operations. Each of the printed paper and…

Why No Circular Economy in Action Plan on Medical Devices?

Canada - February 28 2019 This might have been the perfect opportunity for Health Canada to finally put a regulatory stake in the ground and define the rules for the safe reuse…

Eco-design Laws Mandate Right to Repair

European Union - February 11 2019 The Committee on Eco-design and Energy Labelling of Energy-related Products (composed of representatives from all EU countries) has recently approved…

Orphaned Eco-Fees Raises Legal Questions for Electronics Industry

Canada - February 6 2019 Ontario’s waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) stewardship obligations are being transitioned to a circular economy legal regime. The…