Solid Waste

What is a circular economy?

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

Extended producer responsibility is the first step

The number of statewide plastic bag bans in the U.S. tripled in June, with Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Oregon adding themselves to the list.

We've been telling everybody who will listen that the companies that make electronics and other products should make it easier to repair your stuff. In July, we got to tell the Federal Trade Commission...

FTC’s “Nixing the Fix” Workshop hears concerns raised by Right to Repair advocates

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

Yesterday, I delivered 7,900 petition signatures to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in support of action to address how manufacturers block repair. I was also featured on a panel at the FTC’s “Nixing the Fix” workshop, which explored restrictions on repair, how consumers experience those barriers, and how manufacturers argue against repair. 

Each year, America landfills and incinerates enough organic material to fill a line of 18-wheelers stretching from New York to Los Angeles 10 times over.

Here’s how manufacturers argue against repair.

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

In March, the FTC announced a new workshop called “Nixing the Fix,” which will investigate how companies “limit repairs by consumers and repair shops and whether those limitations affect consumer protection, including consumers’ rights.” Last week, the FTC posted submitted comments for it's Nixing the Fix workshop, and by reviewing those comments, it's clear that manufacturers and their lobbying associations are doubling down on their arguments.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Statement: Maine and Vermont pass statewide legislation targeting plastic pollution

Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill banning single-use plastic grocery bags yesterday, less than two months after signing a first-in-the-nation bill banning plastic foam containers. The bill, which goes into effect next year, requires large retailers and grocers to replace single-use plastic bags with either reusable or paper bags, and it also institutes a 5-cent fee on all shopping bags.

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