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The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic, presented by The Story of Stuff Project, is "drawing back the curtain on the true cost of plastic pollution." The Story of Stuff Project is a member of #breakfreefromplastic, a "global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution." The Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) is hosting a virtual screening of the Story of Plastic - register here to

EPR for PPP

In the wake of reports from the Seattle-King County Responsible Recycling Task Force and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) extolling the benefits of extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems over our current fragmented, local approach,

Talking Trash and beverage containers

Changing Markets recently published two reports in 2020 on container deposit laws / deposit return systems (DRS), one on California (Genie in a Bottle: Unlocking the full potential of California’s bottle bill) and the other on Austria (Plastic Pollution Lobby: A coalition against the introduction of a deposit return system in Austria).

Carpet industry ends "voluntary product stewardship" program

The U.S. carpet manufacturing industry's voluntary product stewardship program, begun in 2014 to "find market-based solutions to divert carpet from landfills and to quell extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation," will end in June 2020.

HPSA announces new director

The Health Products Stewardship Association, a not-for-profit organization responsible for the effective and safe collection and disposal of unused and expired medications and medical sharps in Canada, announced a change in leadership after more than 15 years.

Maine considers EPR for packaging bill

In March 2020, Maine's legislature held hearings on a new packaging EPR bill, An Act To Support and Increase the Recycling of Packaging (LD 2104); though it did not move forward it was approved to "carry over."

Federal "Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act" introduced

In February 2020, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) unveiled their comprehensive legislation to tackle the plastic waste crisis, the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020.

EPR for PPP - PSI report on proven strategies and policy options

A March 25, 2020 report from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), outlines problems faced by US recycling programs and how extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs in four Canadian provinces have increased packaging recovery and recycling, reduced contamination, and developed markets for difficult-to-recycle materials. It also provides a detailed case study of the packaging EPR program in British Columbia, North America's first full producer responsibility program for packaging and paper products (PPP).

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