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NLWG MEETING UPDATE

New Mexico capitolThe Nuclear Waste Working Group (NLWG) met June 2, 2014, in Santa Fe to discuss nuclear waste issues. Review the agenda and presentations given at this meeting.

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WORKING GROUPS

nuclear tower NCSL’s Nuclear Legislative Workgroup (NLWG) and the State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG) provide the opportunity to learn about the cleanup of federal nuclear weapons production and research facilities, the transportation and storage of radioactive wastes, and nuclear energy issues that affect our nation and states.

STATE BOTTLE BILLS

Plastic BottlesBeverage container deposit laws, or bottle bills, are designed to reduce litter and capture bottles, cans, and other containers for recycling. Ten states and Guam have a deposit-refund system for beverage containers. Deposit amounts vary from 2 cents to 15 cents, depending on the type of beverage and volume of the container. 

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BAG REDUCTION AND RECYCLING

trashbag States continue to consider strategies to reduce the number of plastic carry-out bags from grocery stores and other retail outlets. Some states are targeting paper bags as well. Regulating bags can mitigate harmful impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes and the wildlife that inhabit them. Reducing bag use can also relieve pressure on landfills and waste management. 

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OVERVIEW | WASTE

Environment, Energy and Transportation (EET) program staff have information covering a wide range of waste topics, including solid waste and radioactive waste management. 

Solid waste topics include electronic waste, state bottle bill programs, and state waste tire programs. The burgeoning accumulation of solid waste of all types has focused state attention on the three R's of waste management: reduction in the source of waste, reuse of products and materials, and recycling. Other solid waste topics covered by EET staff include composting, litter and landfills.

Radioactive waste management topics include information on used fuel from nuclear power plants, the cleanup of our nation’s cold war weapons and research facilities, and activities of NCSL’s Nuclear Legislative Workgroup. 

 
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  • State Plastic and Paper Bag Legislation

    This page contains information about current trends in state plastic and paper bag legislation. In August 2014, California became the first state legislature to enact legislation imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at large retail stores and Governor Brown signed the bill into law on Sept. 30.

  • State Beverage Container Deposit Laws

    Beverage container deposit laws, or bottle bills, are designed to reduce litter and capture bottles, cans, and other containers for recycling. Ten states and Guam have a deposit-refund system for beverage containers. Deposit amounts vary from two cents to 15 cents, depending on the type of beverage and volume of the container.

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