New Study Finds that Plastic Pollution is an Environmental Justice Issue

New Study Finds that Plastic Pollution is an Environmental Justice Issue

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new UN report suggests that plastic pollution isn’t just a threat to marine life — it’s also an issue of environmental justice. The report, titled Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution, highlights that poor nations and communities around the world disproportionately suffer the effects of plastic waste. This […]

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The Public is Ready to Recycle as Congress Reintroduces Sweeping Plastics Reform click button

The Public is Ready to Recycle as Congress Reintroduces Sweeping Plastics Reform

Last week, federal legislators reintroduced the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, which would pass sweeping recycling and single-use plastic regulations.  Experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) say that this bill has come at the right time, publishing a national poll that found 86% of Americans believe the U.S. must transition from a throw-away economy to one that emphasizes reuse and recycling.

Why This Matters: The U.S. is the largest plastic polluter in the world but only recycles 8.7% of its plastics. Much of that plastic takes the form of consumer packaging like plastic bags, wrappers, straws, and more.

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One Cool Thing: Virginia Says Goodbye to Clamshells

One Cool Thing: Virginia Says Goodbye to Clamshells

Despite an uptick in its use during the pandemic, Virginia will soon ban the use of styrofoam containers for food products — Governor Ralph Northam signed the new law on Tuesday — with the bans set to go into effect next year.  Large food sellers (those with 20 or more locations) will not be allowed […]

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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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NY Bill Would Shift Recycling Burden to Packaging Producers

NY Bill Would Shift Recycling Burden to Packaging Producers

 A new bill introduced in New York’s state legislature would make manufacturers responsible for the entire life of their product. They would be required to pick up the tab for recycling costs, which in turn would incentivize more reusable packaging in order to keep costs down. This concept, called extended producer responsibility, has been introduced in other U.S. state legislatures and is already being applied in parts of Europe and Canada.

Why this Matters: If corporations were taking responsibility for their pollution that would be a big deal.

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: Plastic Pollution Solutions Begin to Emerge

Top Ten Stories of 2020: Plastic Pollution Solutions Begin to Emerge

The pandemic changed attitudes about many environmental issues — and plastic pollution was no exception.  During lockdown, the extent of our dependence on plastic, and the amount of plastic waste we are generating from just our day to day lives became abundantly clear.

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