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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV)
Date: Thu Mar 05 1998 - 06:42:00 EST


Date: Thu, 5 Mar 98 11:42 WET
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Governments rules for recycling (No name)

March 5, 1998

At the Federal level, there are no rules for recycling of paper or plastics. There are only self-imposed requirements on procurement of recycled commodities whenever possible.

At the state level, 50 different states potentially have 50 different sets of rules. No one, to my knowledge is setting specifications beyond the regulations that would also apply to the manufacture of the materials in their virgin state. Certainly, in manufacturing of e.g. plastics, RCRA, EPCRA, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and state rules complying with eacy do apply.
But you weren't asking about remanufacturing, but rather about recycling, and to my knowledge, there are not extensive amounts of rules for recycling even at the state level, thoughhn there will be some rules regulating any workplace or e.g. beverage collection programs.

Recycling Laws Reports by Raymond Communications summarizes the varieties of State laws and regulations for recycling, which cannot be summarized.

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