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Can We Trust Corporations To Deal With Their Own Waste?

"...Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) cedes grassroots control over recycling, creating a giant corporate-managed ecosystem that could overpower smaller municipalities and small recyclers. “In other words, citizens would give up their right to vote on solid waste...

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Politicians, Progressives, and Sham Recycling

The next wrong moves in recycling will probably be the last ones, dirty materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and incineration. Launched in the early 90s, dirty MRFs encouraged citizens to toss recyclables and garbage together, in the same can. When this sham failed,...

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Break Free Bill Assessment and Recommendations

In a recent article on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website, Neil Seldman and Dan Knapp (Urban Ore, Inc.) write "The Break Free from Plastic Bill sponsored by well-meaning Democrats is well intended, but it will come to naught if the petrochemical/plastic...

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See What Happens Without Recycling Transparency Laws?

If communities had implemented recycling transparency laws before turning their programs over to the industry that benefits from our continual generation of waste, (major garbage haulers) dishonest stuff like the following would not have happened. See both HR 1043 as...

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Is Fayetteville, AR Going to Single Stream?

It’s past time for a recycling transparency law! 2012 During Lioneld Jordan’s re-election campaign for mayor, Fayetteville collects 3-7 plastic at the 15th St. drop-off site, despite Louise Mann’s assertions, “there is no market for this mess”. Collection ends when...

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Recycling is suffering from system failure

"Leyla Acaroglu calls recycling a "placebo" and calls for a reusable revolution to get us out of this mess." Thank you Leyla Acaruglu for pointing out more of the elephants in the superficial sustainability movement. Read two excellent articles from TreeHugger.com:...

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Pass transparency laws now!

If communities had had transparency laws, U.S. recycling would never have been trashed with single stream. If we made reduction and reuse our highest priorities we would not be trashing other countries today. Read "The World’s 2-Billion-Ton Trash Problem Just Got More...

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