The New Plastics Economy: A Bold New Plan to Combat Plastic Pollution

The New Plastics Economy is an effort to reduce plastic pollution spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation with support from the UN Environmental Programme. The ambitious project aims to curtail the amount of plastics being sent to the landfill by focusing on the three Rs: reuse, reduce, and recycle. … Read More

Working Partner Update: Right to Repair

Happy Fifth Birthday to Right to Repair which has been fighting for our rights to reduce waste, save money and share skills.

Just five short years ago the Repair Association’s Right to Repair initiative took up the challenge of forcing manufacturers to allow independent repair through legislation. It was an audacious step fighting against many of the biggest names in the electronics industry.… Read More

In Memoriam of Generous Recycler & Activist, Bernie Meyerson

Bernie was a role model and tutor to ILSR going back to the mid-1970s as ILSR first engaged in the waste and recycling world. He was an experienced paper broker who gave time freely to recycling organizations, individual recycling groups and newcomers to the recycling movement. He was a World War II veteran and accepted the task of fighting for the climate with vigor. Late in life he fumed at the losses to the environmental movement which he helped build.… Read More

Unit Pricing for Waste in Washington D.C.

Thanks to the persistence of local organizations, Washington D.C. is expected to undertake a pilot study of Save As You Throw (SYT), sometimes called Pay As You Throw (PAYT) or Save Money and Reduce Trash (SMART).

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is required to undertake this task under the 2014 Solid Waste Management Reform Act. Citizen and Environmental groups under the leadership of Global Green’s DC Environmental Network helped secure $100,000 in funding for this project. The DPW is expected to issue an RFP for the SAYT Pilot by September.… Read More

Chinese Recycling Policy Induce Return to Local Recycling in New Jersey

Clean stream recycling is the name of the game in this era of Chinese restrictions on imported recyclable materials from the US. The town of 13,000 people reinstated dual stream after five-years of single stream recycling based on economics. “It was continually costing us more per ton to recycle single-stream throughout 2017,” Eugene MacMahon, Oakland, N.J.’s recycling coordinator, as a result of China’s policies.… Read More

Nebraska’s Largest Recycler Ends Commercial Single Stream Processing Due to Contamination, Costs

The First Star Recycling Company in Nebraska has halted single stream from commercial participants as of June 1st, 2018. The pressure causing them to end this practice stemmed from new international recycling specifications.

The company has reported contamination rates of 40 percent and their resulting labor costs have become too great. … Read More

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