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UK packaging producers to pay full recycling costs under waste scheme

Dec. 17, 2018 The Guardian: "Retailers and producers of packaging will be forced to pay the full cost of collecting and recycling it under the [UK] government’s new waste strategy...

The answer to plastic pollution is to not create waste in the first place

Dec. 26, 2018 The Guardian: "Even before China’s waste ban took effect, only 9% of plastic in the US was actually recycled. No matter how diligently Americans sort their plastic waste, there is just too much of it for the US, or any other country, to handle...

Municipalities struggle with increased recycling costs

Jan. 6, 2019 CBC: "The recycling market has become more saturated, forcing municipalities to change what they collect..."

The blight of Tetra Paks covering Vietnam's beaches and towns

Dec. 9, 2018, The Guardian: "Milk consumption in Vietnam has almost doubled in the past 10 years, as the dairy industry shifts its focus from “saturated” western markets in favour of Asian expansion and is now valued at $4.1bn (£3.1bn). But one of the biggest beneficiaries of this growth seems to be the dairy industry’s principal packaging supplier, Tetra Pak.

Plastic or Planet?

National Geographic in 2018 created a Plastic or Planet series, a "multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic trash crisis... find out what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics and take your pledge."

PaintCare grants for latex paint recycling

The PaintCare Innovative Recycling Grant Competition to "identify and help develop the best ideas for recycling leftover latex paint" is open to applications from either individuals or organizations located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia until March 22, 2019; grants to be awarded "by April 30."

Carpet recycling grants from CARE in California

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), the carpet stewardship organization operating California's carpet stewardship program, has grants open: Cycle 3A (Capital Improvement – due Jan. 18, 2019) as well as Cycle 2M (collections and reuse microgrants), which "will accept applications through 2019 and the application is quite short with a one-page excel budget sheet...

Jobs at GAIA

GAIA is hiring a US Program Director as well as a Global Plastic Policy Advisor to "support the movement against plastic pollution in key national and international (UN) policy spaces, via the provision of science and technical expertise, and support for the development of a collaborative, proactive, and interconnected government and corporate-facing strategy" due Jan. 13, 2019.

Fossil fuel industry worsening the global plastics crisis

Dec. 21, 2018, Teen Vogue: "The global plastics crisis... is far greater than a consumer-behavior issue, like recycling: It is directly connected to the fossil fuel industry and to climate change, as 99% of plastics are derived from chemicals found in fossil fuels.