Plastics Ban List Launches

Plastics Ban List Launches

Los Angeles, CA (November 3, 2016)—Today, four non-profit conservation organizations—The 5 Gyres Institute, Clean Production Action, Surfrider Foundation, and UPSTREAM—launched the Plastics BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List, which identifies the most harmful plastic products sold in California and readily-available alternatives...

The Limits of Our Experience

The Limits of Our Experience

Roman Mars, on his popular podcast “99% Invisible,” recently discussed Taiwan as an example of what can happen when the general public is informed about recycling and composting programs. In the case of Taiwan, a fundamental shift in their program was possible. Instead of pest-ridden dumpsters and litter strewn streets, there is now a five day a week ritual where people meet their garbage truck in the street and source separate all of their materials in a pay-as-you throw system...

A Case for National Extended Producer Responsibility

A Case for National Extended Producer Responsibility

After spending too many hours in legislative hearings for EPR laws here in the Northeast, there remains an underlying question as to how these programs can scale to the national level while relying on so many different state laws. PaintCare’s approach to developing and passing legislation in a state-by-state approach, carefully crafted to match their capacity to take on new programs has proven to be one method. It requires the full embrace by an industry to take responsibility for their product and a commitment to engage in the political process year over year...