Solid Waste

The Countdown to Zero Waste - February Update

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

Our country has a waste problem. It's time for new solutions and a renewed commitment to move toward zero waste. PIRG and Environment America's advocates, organizers and members are promoting ways to reduce what we consume, reuse what we can, and recycle the rest.

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Statement: $500M settlement for Apple's "BatteryGate" underscores need for Right to Repair

Right to Repair campaign director Nathan Proctor comments in repsonse to a $500 million dollar class action settlement: "BatteryGate is a perfect example of why we need Right to Repair reforms ... I hope Apple learns this $500 million lesson. Don’t slow down our phones, let us fix them."

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Over 175 STEM professors call on manufacturers to embrace repair for future of technology

With the rise of software in everything from tablets to tractors, manufacturers have taken numerous steps to discourage or block independent repair. Because the ability to fix and tinker with our devices is critical to training future innovators, more than 175 professors, representing top universities from across the country and world, have signed a letter calling on legislators to support Right to Repair reforms. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research & Policy Center | Solid Waste

The best way to fight plastic pollution? Ban single-use plastics.

U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group released comprehensive fact sheets about plastic pollution on Thursday. Banning Single-Use Plastics puts forward specific policies to ban or restrict the worst plastic pollution, including plastic bags, foam cups and containers, and plastic straws and utensils.

Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research & Policy Center | Solid Waste

Beyond Single-use Plastics

Every day, we use millions of plastic bags, straws and utensils, and foam cups and containers for just a few minutes before tossing them, and then they can pollute our environment for hundreds of years. We can protect our health and marine animals by banning or limiting these products, as hundreds of communities and nine states have already done. Banning Single-use Plastics describes the specific problems, actions, and best practices for reducing these polluting items.

News Release | U.S. PIRG and Environment America | Solid Waste

New bill calls for U.S. to move beyond plastic

As plastic pollution becomes an increasingly suffocating problem, elected officials in both houses of Congress are introducing legislation to address the issue. While unveiling the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 on Capitol Hill today, Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA) detailed how the bill can improve the health of our people and our planet.

Right to Repair surges forward on multiple fronts to start 2020

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

It’s common-sense: If something you own breaks, you should be able to fix it. But manufacturers don’t see it that way. Instead, they use a set of tactics to block independent repair because they want consumers to have to come to them to do repairs. Right to Repair made considerable progress in 2019, and just a little over a month into 2020, we’re seeing continued momentum. 

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