“Interestingly, every state but one—Montana—has at least ‘something’ banned from disposal in its solid waste facilities—at a minimum lead acid batteries, as is the case in Arizona and Wyoming. And 22 states have at least one mandatory recycling requirement,” NERC says in a release announcing the update.
The most commonly banned materials are presented in the chart at left.
In addition, there are bottle bill laws in 10 states and Guam, including California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Vermont.
NERC describes itself as a multistate nonprofit organization that is committed to environmental and economic sustainability through responsible solid waste management. The organization conducts research, projects, training and outreach on issues associated with source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and environmentally preferable purchasing.