Mattel Introduces New Toy Recycling Program for Barbies, Matchbox Cars, and More

Mattel Introduces New Toy Recycling Program for Barbies, Matchbox Cars, and More

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Come on, Barbie! Let’s go…recycle? You read that right; Mattel has introduced a new program called “Mattel PlayBack,” where kids of all ages can send in their old toys to be recycled into new ones. While the pilot program will only be available in the U.S. and Canada, Mattel hopes to have programs […]

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WWF Experts Talk The Future of Recycling and Plastic Pollution

WWF Experts Talk The Future of Recycling and Plastic Pollution

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Following the reintroduction of the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act and the release of a promising public opinion survey, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) assembled a panel on Tuesday to discuss the future of recycling and recycling infrastructure in the U.S. Americans make up only 5% of the world’s population, but produce half […]

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We Can’t “Build Back Better” Without Addressing Plastic Pollution

We Can’t “Build Back Better” Without Addressing Plastic Pollution

by Erin Simon, Head of Plastic Waste and Business, World Wildlife Fund   After a year of unprecedented devastation and loss, the arrival of 2021 has shown us at least a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Our top priority remains the immediate health and safety of our fellow citizens, but we […]

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Plastic Pollution is a Crisis, But Solutions for a Circular Economy Exist

Plastic Pollution is a Crisis, But Solutions for a Circular Economy Exist

Plastic pollution is at a crisis level and as we’ve written, the COVID-19 pandemic has only compounded the need to rethink our waste and recycling systems. But governments, companies, and NGOs are forging a path to create these solutions. In California, as the LA Times editorial board wrote, state lawmakers previously proposed to establish the […]

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Why is Our Recycling System So Broken? How Do We Fix It?

Why is Our Recycling System So Broken? How Do We Fix It?

In 1960, Americans generated 2.68 pounds of garbage per day and by 2017, it had grown to an average of 4.51 pounds. While many people dutifully put items into their recycling bins, much of it does not actually end up being recycled. There are several reasons why our recycling system isn’t working well: 40% of […]

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Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act a Bold New Step to End Plastic Pollution

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act a Bold New Step to End Plastic Pollution

Yesterday Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, which after months of build-up​ will kick off what is likely to be a heated fight over the legislation. The bill would shift the onus of managing plastic waste to producers of plastic bottles, packaging and assorted […]

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