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NLWG MEETING UPDATE

New Mexico capitolThe Nuclear Waste Working Group (NLWG) meet June 2, 2014 in Santa Fe, New Mexico to discuss nuclear waste issues. Here is 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 two 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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  • Electronic Waste Recycling

    State Legislation that addresses E-Waste recycling. Used electronics make up a relatively small percentage of the overall waste stream, but their disposal is a source of concern: the production of electronic devices requires a significant amount of resources – metals, plastics and glass – many of which can be recovered through recycling. For example, the production of one desktop computer takes at least 530 pounds of fossil fuels, 48 pounds of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water. Cell phones are al

  • 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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