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188 groups say it’s time to ‘make the throw-away go away’

Before the 1950s and 60s, the majority of the products we produced and consumed were built to last. Milk bottles made of glass were returned and sterilized for re-use, restaurants offered ceramic plates and stainless-steel cutlery and the plastic bag was yet to be invented.

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NGOs call on Environment Ministers of the EU member states to stop the plastic flood

When meeting with your fellow Environment Ministers of the EU Member States on December 17th in Brussels, we urge you to take a decisive stand against plastic waste – hazardous to human health and the environment. Across the EU, an increasing number of disposable packaging and products, some of which are toxic, are being brought to market. At the same time, reusable products represent only a minor share, and high-quality and toxic-free recycling is not gaining any traction.

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New Federal Law green lights plastic waste export for burning

The Australian government’s much touted Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill is being debated in the Federal Senate this week, establishes a legal framework to repackage Australia’s plastic waste as fuel and send it to poor countries to burn. It also subsidises industries that process plastic waste into fuels’ to burn in cement kilns and incinerators in Australia. The new Bill undermines efforts to move to a circular economy that Australian citizens have been led to expect that this bill would deliver.

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188 groups say it’s time to ‘make the throw-away go away’

Before the 1950s and 60s, the majority of the products we produced and consumed were built to last. Milk bottles made of glass were returned and sterilized for re-use, restaurants offered ceramic plates and stainless-steel cutlery and the plastic bag was yet to be invented.

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NGOs call on Environment Ministers of the EU member states to stop the plastic flood

When meeting with your fellow Environment Ministers of the EU Member States on December 17th in Brussels, we urge you to take a decisive stand against plastic waste – hazardous to human health and the environment. Across the EU, an increasing number of disposable packaging and products, some of which are toxic, are being brought to market. At the same time, reusable products represent only a minor share, and high-quality and toxic-free recycling is not gaining any traction.

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New Federal Law green lights plastic waste export for burning

The Australian government’s much touted Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill is being debated in the Federal Senate this week, establishes a legal framework to repackage Australia’s plastic waste as fuel and send it to poor countries to burn. It also subsidises industries that process plastic waste into fuels’ to burn in cement kilns and incinerators in Australia. The new Bill undermines efforts to move to a circular economy that Australian citizens have been led to expect that this bill would deliver.

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Press Releases

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Italian Company Caught Illegally Dumping Plastic and other Municipal Waste in Tunisia

Demand for the EU and Italy to Ensure Wastes are Returned Immediately Réseau Tunisie Verte – Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) – Basel Action Network (BAN) – Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) – European Environmental Bureau (EEB) – Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) – Greenpeace MENA – Rethink Plastic alliance (RPa) Brussels, March 3, […]

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New report reveals plastic polluters’ attempt to derail ambitious implementation of EU circular economy targets in Spain

Spain is at a key decision moment on how it will address the plastics crisis. This year it is expected that the Waste Law and the Royal Containers Decree will be published through which the Spanish government intends to implement the EU waste legislation. As one of the biggest plastic users, Spain is also the second biggest polluter of the Mediterranean Sea and has failed to meet 2020 EU targets on recycling.

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Environment Group calls on Senate to uphold environmental laws amid EDSA anniversary

Manila,  Philippines—The pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition calls on the country’s top legislators to safeguard public health and the environment by keeping intact the Clean Air and Solid Waste Management laws as the Philippines marks the 35th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

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Member Stories

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Members in the Spotlight: Surfrider Foundation Europe

My name is Diane Beaumenay-Joannet. I’m one of two coordinators of the Break the Plastic Wave campaign of Surfrider Foundation Europe, together with Cristina Barreau, Marine Litter Coordinator. I’m based in Paris (France). I also spent half of my time as a marine litter policy officer, working hard to influence French politics and policies to protect the Ocean from pollution and fight against plastic pollution.

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Cleanups: the gateway to a zero waste community

Trash Hero volunteers have been picking up trash every week for just over 7 years, racking up some 12,000 cleanups in more than 170 locations worldwide and removing 1870 metric tons of rubbish from beaches, riversides, and other public spaces.

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Zero Waste Cities of Southeast Asia

Polluted beaches, plastic-clogged rivers, and marine animals washed up on shore with plastics found on their stomachs - these are just some of the pictures depicting the grim reality on the shores of Southeast Asia. Since 2015, Southeast Asia has been considered the world’s worst marine plastic polluter. Five countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia) ranked as part of the top ten countries polluting the oceans and seas with plastics and other wastes.

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“PLASTIC AND CLIMATE ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN: the majority of plastic polymers are made from petrochemical feed-stocks” - @AliceXiaZhu

#breakfreefromplastic NOW!

Read 👇@ConversationEDU
https://theconversation.com/plastic-is-part-of-the-carbon-cycle-and-needs-to-be-included-in-climate-calculations-154730

“More than 100 containers filled w/ solid waste were shipped to Philippines by the Canadian company #ChronicPlasticsInc.”

The Global South is not a dumping ground! End illegal waste export now! 💪

#breakfreefromplastic
@santostinaINQ @Inquirer 👇
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1401124/doj-orders-4-customs-execs-charged-over-trash#ixzz6nvuTRB3H

Today is #WorldWildlifeDay & this year focuses on forests.⁠ We ask you to #DoOneThingToday to support forest communities & conserve forest wildlife, like choosing #reusable items over paper or plastic single-use items! Learn more about @WildlifeDay 👉
⁠https://www.wildlifeday.org/

From the UN's condemnation of #CancerAlley: Formosa "will exacerbate environmental pollution & the disproportionate adverse effect on the rights to life, to an adequate standard of living & the right to health of African American communities." https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_2f8d75d8-7c3b-11eb-b1c0-2f5a6755f02e.html

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