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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

In Op-Ed for Waste Advantage, Neil Seldman Argues Recycling is Not Dying

Date: 8 May 2019 | posted in: Media Coverage, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you read accounts of recycling in the mass media, you may be convinced that recycling is on its deathbed after a 45-year run. Reality is more complex and more encouraging. Recycling is not dying. The recycling movement born in the late 1960s and joined by the anti-garbage incineration movement in the late 1970s has captured the hearts and minds of the U.S. public and it is not losing ground. What is challenging is the recycling model offered by consolidated garbage hauling companies. Actual recycling is about to get a big stimulus from the recent restrictions on exporting materials to China. Recycling is reacting to a crisis that is not of its own making but for which it has solutions.… Read More

In Waste 360, ILSR Explains How Single Stream Recycling Can Work

Date: 8 May 2019 | posted in: Media Coverage, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For recycling to break through the 35 percent recycling level, where we have stagnated for a decade, private and municipal investments need to focus on infrastructure that has a proven track record. These include investment in dual stream and properly scaled single stream processing, distributed composting, unit pricing and repair and reuse infrastructures.… Read More

Statement on Passage of Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Act

Date: 22 Apr 2019 | posted in: Energy, Press Release, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR cautions that the Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Act signed into law in April 2019 to promote renewable energy does the state’s local, clean energy future a grave disservice by continuing to classify garbage burning as a “renewable” form of energy — on par with solar and wind.… Read More

Extended Producer Responsibility in British Columbia, Canada: Detailed Analyses and Evaluations

Date: 9 Apr 2019 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for hard-to-recycle materials and products is an established management tool in the U.S., used in numerous states for mercury switches, tires, medicines, mattresses, and carpets. British Columbia established EPR for traditional recyclable materials by creating a non-profit stewardship organization to control municipal recycling and private sector recycling. … Read More

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