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A Vision for a Circular Economy for Plastics in Canada

This February 2019 report by Usman Valiante for Smart Prosperity Institute (PDF) provides a vision and roadmap for converting our approach to plastics from a take-make-waste to a circular economy, characterized by a flow of materials in a closed loop. Value is returned into the cyclical, productive system, rather than wasted.

Norway recycles 97% of its plastic bottles

Feb. 26, 2019, Positive News: At the Infinitum bottle deposit hub, "a startling 97% of all plastic drinks bottles in Norway are recycled – and 92% of these to such a high standard that they are used to make more bottles. Some bottles have been recycled more than 50 times already.

Washington Enacts Law Creating New Paint Recycling Program

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May 9, 2019

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How plastic is a function of Colonialism

Dec. 21, 2019, Teen Vogue: "Perhaps you've heard that the top five countries responsible for most marine plastics are China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. Some of these countries are also the ones receiving a disproportionate amount of plastic waste from other regions.

Amazon's new packaging is jamming up recycling centers

Feb. 11, 2019, Washington Post: "Over the past year, Amazon has reduced the portion of shipments it packs in its cardboard boxes in favor of lightweight plastic mailers, which enable the retailing giant to squeeze more packages in delivery trucks and planes.

Task force recommends improvements to regional recycling system

Feb. 26, 2019, King County: The Responsible Recycling Task Force, formed by the King County Solid Waste Division with Seattle Public Utilities, other city governments, and local solid waste processors, developed recommendations based on findings from a recently-completed recycling study.

Product Care rebranding stewardship services

Product Care Association of Canada (PCA), a nonprofit offering stewardship services across nine Canadian provinces, is rebranding as Product Care Recycling, as of January 2019.

Why stop at plastic bags and straws? The case for a global treaty banning most single-use plastics

Feb. 7, 2019, The Conversation: "One attractive strategy is pursuing a legally binding phase-out of most single-use plastics at the global level.

Founders of plastic waste alliance investing billions in new plants

Jan. 21, 2019, The Guardian: "A majority of the firms which announced this week they were collaborating to try to help tackle plastic pollution are likely to be at the heart of a global boom in plastic production over the next 10 years.