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Four things businesses can do to fix the plastics problem

In a February 2018 article, Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (the mission of which is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy), and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, wrote about Unilever's pledge to use 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025:

UK supermarkets commit to plastics recycling

The UK Plastics Pact is a voluntary commitment by UK supermarkets that by 2025 all plastic packaging can be reused, recycled or composted, according to an April 2018 article in The Guardian.

China impacting New Zealand

New Zealand needs to "not rely so heavily on exporting waste... the country could set up its own internal systems," according to an article on Radio New Zealand. WasteMINZ executive PaulEvans said:

EPR for Packaging in Mozambique

In December 2017, the Government of Mozambique approved a "Regulation on the Extended Responsibility of Producers and Importers of Packaging" according to Lorax Compliance. An "environmental packaging rate must be paid by all producers and importers of packaging." (via Global Product Stewardship Council newsletter)

Niaga redesigning carpet and mattresses

"All products redesigned by Niaga® are fully recyclable back into the same product" according to Dutch company DSM-Niaga® (again written backwards). "Auping is the first non-carpet company that will use the Niaga® technology to develop fully recyclable mattresses.

Plastic packaging failing to prevent food waste

According to a study released April 10, 2018 by Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe, on behalf of the Rethink Plastic alliance, a "rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem, and in some cases may even be fueling it....

One day latex paint recycling event in King County

Over six hours on a rainy Saturday in April 2018, 275 residents of Kirkland, WA paid to have 25,000 pounds of latex paint recycled as part of a new service from GreenSheen.

Recycle BC plan update seeks feedback

Recycle BC, the stewardship organization responsible for operating British Columbia's manufacturer funded packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) program, is seeking public feedback on its new five year plan until May 14, 2018. The draft revised plan changes the original name from "packaging and printed paper" to "packaging and paper product" amongst other updates and improvements.

Toronto recycling facing challenges awaiting EPR

The City of Toronto's recycling system is on the ropes, according to this April 11, 2018 Toronto Star article, due to three factors: contamination, China's import ban, and the "delay in the Ontario government and local partners developing and implementing a system whereby producers of waste are responsible for its sustainable disposal.

Your lifestyle is making recycling unsustainable

A March 27, 2018 CBC News article ties together changing lifestyles, the evolving ton, curbside [blue box] recycling, China policies, and producer responsibility that applies equally to the U.S. and Canada: