California plastic bag ban; French recovered paper; Indian e-waste tribunal; US nears Ebola waste plan
California bans plastic bags
California has become the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, in a bid to reduce littering in the US state’s waterways. The ban comes into effect next year for larger grocery stores and in 2016 will apply to smaller outlets. Businesses will also be allowed to charge 10 cents for reusable and paper bags.
Recovered paper up in France
The recovered paper market in France improved in September with the end of the summer holidays. Traders report that collection volumes have gone up, while inventory levels remain low. Domestic demand for paper is strong and there are many buyers for deinking and tissue grades.
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Indian tribunal seeks e-waste response
India’s National Green Tribunal has sought a response from the central government to 2012 allegations of violation of e-waste management rules. A bench headed by Justice U D Salvi has posted the matter for hearing on 13 October. A pressure group Toxic Leaks alleges that tonnes of second-hand and used goods are being dumped in India, causing a pile-up of e-waste.
US days away from Ebola waste plan
The United States is near to deciding how hospitals should dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official has said. Regulators have faced the dual challenge of preventing accidental spread of the disease and attempts to use the waste as a bioweapon. Most US hospitals lack the incinerators or large sterilisers to handle large amounts of Ebola waste.