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New Federal Legislation Presents the Opportunity to Break Free from Plastic Pollution

New Federal Legislation Presents the Opportunity to Break Free from Plastic Pollution

Neil Seldman

December 8, 2020

Though it contains some harmful provisions, the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act is the most important piece of federal legislation impacting America's waste and recycling systems in many years. It has the potential to impose profound changes and rein in plastic waste's negative impact on our air, land and water.  READ MORE


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More Than 40 Organizations Form New Canada Plastics Pact To Address Plastic Waste and Pollution

More Than 40 Organizations Form New Canada Plastics Pact To Address Plastic Waste and Pollution

Neil Seldman

February 10, 2021

Comprised of over forty businesses, nongovernmental organizations and government agencies, the newly formed Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) will address plastic waste and pollution.  READ MORE


York University’s Studies of Extended Producer Responsibility Reveal Evidence of Failures

York University’s Studies of Extended Producer Responsibility Reveal Evidence of Failures

Neil Seldman

February 8, 2021

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  READ MORE


“It’s Not a Level Playing Field”: British Columbia Recycling Center Ends Pilot Program for Beer Containers

"It's Not a Level Playing Field": British Columbia Recycling Center Ends Pilot Program for Beer Containers

Neil Seldman

February 3, 2021

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   READ MORE


Hartford, Connecticut Garbage Incinerator to Close in 2022

Hartford, Connecticut Garbage Incinerator to Close in 2022

Neil Seldman

January 29, 2021

In July of 2022 a 30-year old garbage incinerator in Hartford, Connecticut will close. An estimated 700,000 tons of waste will be transferred to landfills out of state, with some trash hauled as far away as Ohio  READ MORE


DIY Compost Screeners — Baltimore Community Compost Sites Build Their Own

DIY Compost Screeners — Baltimore Community Compost Sites Build Their Own

Brenda Platt

January 20, 2021

As part of ILSR’s Baltimore Composting for Community Project, we are supporting about a dozen community compost sites in the city. This month we hosted two events in Baltimore to build DIY compost screeners designed for the community scale.  READ MORE