The Break Free from Plastic Bill seeks to address the problems of air, water and soil pollution from plastic waste. But to do this, it includes Extended Producer Responsibility provisions that would force communities to cede control over their local recycling industries to the same large corporations that are responsible for designing and promoting the waste-generating products and packages.
The role of the ReUse Corridor has been to reverse the traditional linear investment in solid waste management that drains the potential resources of the Appalachian Region. Centered on the eight counties surrounding Athens (Hopkins County) in southern Ohio, including communities in Kentucky and West Virginia, the strength of the ReUse Corridor concept and practice is to restore access to and control over the resources that are now filling up local landfills and incinerators at great cost.
The Zero Waste program is based on sharing facilities, transportation and market information for recyclable and compostable materials and repaired products.… Read More
John Moore, based in Oakland, CA., is a board certified litigator who has practiced law for forty years and has been very active in solid waste and recycling law. In this article, Moore discusses and critiques Extended Producer Responsibility laws in California.… Read More
Neil Seldman, ILSR Co-Founder and director of the group’s Waste to Wealth Initiative, wrote a recent opinion piece for Resource Recycling, Inc. In it, he traces Big Waste’s impact on recycling, and outlines strategies for reviving our nation’s approach to recycling.… Read More
Advocates for corporate control over the US recycling sector through Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) point to British Columbia as their model for the United States. Yet analysis of this system raises fundamental questions of fairness, transparency and cost effectiveness. Professor Cal Lakhan, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, contributed additional research on the British Columbia EPR system. Dan Knapp, Urban Ore, Berkeley, CA summarizes and comments on Lakhan’s findings.… Read More
According to a recent article in a Canadian publication called Prince Georges Matters, the Return-It Recycling Centre in British Columbia is being forced to end its pilot program for beer containers. Saying ‘It’s not a level playing field,’ the Prince Georges Return-It Centre has asked the Minister of the Environment to intervene and stop unfair business practices that threaten container return enterprises.… Read More