Biggest Challenge to U.S. Recycling Isn’t China

Date: 24 Sep 2018 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Proponents of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Paper, Products, and Packaging (PPP) are jumping on the “China Crisis” bandwagon by attempting to revive efforts to shift control over recycling from local government and existing recycling companies to statewide non-profit agencies under the control of Big Soda companies and their allies.… Read More

Reducing Waste and Recycling More, An Evaluation of Policies from Across America

Who should be responsible for the life cycle of a product, especially its take-back, recycling and final disposition? How can that process produce the most benefits, and is there more than one answer? Will the U.S. recycling be hamstrung by beverage corporation interests, or will it succeed in developing increased recycling and Zero Waste?… Read More

Connecticut Legislators Say “No” to Turn Local Recycling Over to Beverage Companies

Date: 13 Feb 2018 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Despite several years of efforts by the Connecticut Department of Energy and the Environment (DEEP) and non-profit organizations promoting Extended Producer Responsibility for paper, packaging and plastic (EPR-PPP) the proposal was defeated. A task force created by Connecticut’s General Assembly to reduce consumer packaging waste released its final report and voted 6-3 against endorsing the measure which … Read More

The Force of Law: Limitations to Industry-sponsored EPR & Single-use Plastics

Date: 10 Jan 2018 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Environmentalists, recyclers, zero waste advocates and citizens are clamoring to shut off the spigot of plastic roaming the earth. Single use plastic utensils, beverage containers, packaging and bags are obvious targets. Most recently, a Greenpeace-sponsored audit shows that the big three beverage companies, Coke, Pepsi and Nestles, are the worst contributors to this ongoing problem, as … Read More

Clawing Back Against Bad Extended Producer Responsibility

Califormia Governor Brown is expected to sign the first ever ‘improvement’ law to be enacted in the US to correct the critical shortcomings of EPR for carpets passed several years ago. Environmental groups, local government, waste haulers, unions and the carpet industry itself have urged Brown to sign the bill, AB 1158. The bill is an important … Read More

Working Partner Update: Tracking History and Developments in U.S. E-Scrap

An Interview with Jim Lynch, Senior Staff Writer, TechSoup is a nonprofit organization that has been operating since 1987 to provide donated and discounted mainstream software, IT equipment and technical assistance to 501c3 organizations, foundations, public libraries and churches in the US and overseas. Over one million organizations benefit from participating in TechSoup’s network, 250,000 … Read More

Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries Testimony on EPR in Connecticut

Leading recycling industry association, the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries, ISRI, believes the Connecticut Extended Producer Responsibility Bill is drafted in such a way that ignores the strength, capabilities, and vibrancy of the existing recycling industry.… Read More

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Getting Interesting

The discussions on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are getting interesting. While there is little controversy over EPR for hazardous items which have no economic value and pose threats to public health and the environment, there is grave concern about EPR for materials that have robust markets, paper, plastic, organic, metal and glass materials. Advocates of EPR … Read More

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