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Oregon and Washington develop recycling solutions

In light of the challenges facing recycling systems, both Oregon and Washington concluded study and engagement processes regarding packaging and printed paper (PPP), both of which are expected to introduce legislation in 2021.

Transforming the Pacific Northwest's waste and recycling system

CSI report cover imageIn May 2020, the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) released a report, From Waste Management to Clean Materials, A 2040 Bluepri

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

Senator Udall and Representative Lowenthal introduced the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act to the U.S. Congress in February 2020.

Canada's plan for zero plastic waste by 2030

Canada is planning for "a ban on harmful single-use plastic items where there is evidence that they are found in the environment, are often not recycled, and have readily available alternatives.

Plastic packaging EPR in Canada

An article in the June 2020 journal Waste Management examined extended producer responsibility (EPR) and plastic packaging in Canada (Implementation of harmonized EPR strategies to incentivize recovery of single-use plastic packaging waste in Canada).

The Plastics Policy Inventory

A policy analysis from Duke University, 20 Years of Government Responses to the Global Plastic Pollution Problem: The Plastics Policy Inventory, compiled an "inventory of nearly 300 sub-national, national and international policies instituted between 2000 and mid-2019 to target plastic po

New Medicine and Paint Stewardship programs to begin 2020-2021

In the coming months, two new statewide producer responsibility programs are set to begin in Washington, and one in Oregon.

Carpet stewardship organization struggles to meet recycling target

The California Carpet Stewardship program's 2019 recycling rate was 19%, below the 24%-by-January-2020 requirement set by law. The program is operated by CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort), a stewardship organization formed by carpet manufacturers to fund and run the program, and overseen by CalRecycle.

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