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Watch "STINK" for free through October!

The award-winning documentary "STINK!" can be viewed for free online through October 2016. "STINK!" follows the journey of Director Jon Whelan as he tries to uncover the truth about regulations in the chemical and cosmetics industry. Follow Jon through boardrooms, to back alleys, and the halls of Congress as he stumbles on a huge issue in America – which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe – by design.

Break Free From Plastic movement

An international coalition of more than 90 nongovernmental organizations, including GreenPeace, The Story of Stuff Project, UPSTREAM, and Zero Waste Canada, have set a goal to "work together to stop plastic pollution" as the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement. 

Packaging EPR in California?

In January 2016, CalRecycle held a Manufacturers Challenge workshop to seek public commitments from product manufacturers and brand owners as to how they would voluntarily reduce the 8 million tons of packaging landfilled in California annually.

The Cobalt Pipeline: from mines in Congo to our phones and computers

The Washington Post published an extensive article "tracing the path from deadly hand-dug mines in Congo" to the lithium-ion batteries in our consumer electronics and its effects on health and the environment.

LightRecycle Washington update

In the first six months of 2016, the LightRecycle Washington product stewardship program recycled 580,626 mercury-containing lamps weighing 271,202 pounds. LightRecycle is a manufacturer operated product stewardship program run by PCA Product Stewardship, a nonprofit, and overseen by the Washington Department of Ecology under the state's mercury lights law.

Comment on California's carpet stewardship plan

The stewardship organization of carpet manufacturers (Carpet America Recovery Effort or CARE) submitted its California Carpet Stewardship Plan 2017-2021 to CalRecycle. Submit comments via email on the new carpet stewardship plan by Nov.

UK mattress recycling report

The National Bed Federation, the trade association representing UK and Irish bed manufacturers and their component suppliers, published its second report on the state of mattress recycling/re-use in the UK (2016 End of Life Mattress Report). The "stresses and strains on mattress recycling" identified include:

Toolkits from PSI: drug take back and phone book opt-out

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) recently released a How-to Guide for Drug Take-Back (PDF) for managing pharmacy-based collection programs for leftover household pharmaceuticals, as well as a

Paint Recycling: More Fun Than Watching It Dry

Tired of telling residents to mix their latex paint with kitty litter and dry it out? Come to this WSRA Washington Recycles Every Day event!

Vancouver BC exits curbside recycling business

The City of Vancouver, British Columbia, ceased providing residential recycling collection in October 2016, and Multi-Material BC (MMBC), the nonprofit packaging stewardship organization, will take over services.