Solid Waste

Every year, Amazon destroys unsold and returned products by the millions. It's the pinnacle of unnecessary waste, and it has to stop.

Channel your inner Woodsy Owl, the original zero-waste influencer

By | Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

Celebrating my favorite government mascot’s 50th birthday by sharing the zero-waste tips I have made a part of my life.

Seattle: Pioneering plastic straw ban is effective and popular

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

Cities and states around the country have taken steps to ban certain single-use plastics -- straws, plastic bags, polystyrene take-out containers and more. These policies are aimed at reducing the flow of plastic into our waterways and the waste stream. But do they work? 

It’s the plastics industry’s worst-kept secret: a huge percentage of their products are designed to be used once then thrown away -- and yet it’s us, the consumers, who are left to pay for the cleanup.

Washington D.C.: Polystyrene ban keeps foam trash out of rivers

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

Guest post by Clay Napurano

Cities and states around the country have taken steps to ban certain single-use plastics -- straws, plastic bags, polystyrene take-out containers and more. These policies are aimed at reducing the flow of plastic into our waterways and the waste stream. But do they work? 

In this blog series, we present four examples of single-use plastics bans that are reducing plastic pollution.

California: Nation’s first statewide plastic bag ban cuts waste

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

Guest post by Clay Napurano

Cities and states around the country have taken steps to ban certain single-use plastics -- straws, plastic bags, polystyrene take-out containers and more. These policies are aimed at reducing the flow of plastic into our waterways and the waste stream. But do they work? 

In this blog series, we present four examples of single-use plastics bans that are reducing plastic pollution. 

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Statement: Virgin plastic fee would encourage recycling but Congress should go further

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island introduced legislation on Wednesday that would enact a new per-pound fee on virgin plastic in single-use products. The bill, entitled "Rewarding Efforts to Decrease Unrecycled Contaminants in Ecosystems (REDUCE) Act," would direct revenue to a plastic waste reduction fund.

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Maine governor signs groundbreaking waste reduction bill into law

Gov. Janet Mills signed LD 1541, which holds producers responsible for their packaging waste, into law on Tuesday. The new law will establish a program called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging, which will require big corporations to shoulder a large percentage of the costs of recycling and waste disposal programs in the state.

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Colorado governor signs groundbreaking single-use plastic bill into law

As states across the country continue to tackle the single-use plastic waste crisis, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed the landmark Plastic Pollution Reduction Act into law on Tuesday. The law will phase out single-use plastic bags, polystyrene cups and containers, and reverse a law that prohibits municipalities from passing their own ordinances to address plastic waste

Shareholders push back against Microsoft’s backwards stance on repair

By | Nathan Proctor
Senior Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

As Microsoft joins the $2 trillion club, a shareholder group presses for Right to Repair 

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