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Current discussions on European Commission Guidelines could jeopardize EU single-use plastic bans!

In 2019, the European Union (EU) adopted landmark legislation on single-use plastics, requiring EU countries to ban certain single-use plastics, reduce the consumption of others and put in place extended producer responsibility schemes. This was a major step in moving away from single-use plastics and reducing plastic pollution.  The European Commission is now developing guidelines […]

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Green Groups Denounce Moves in Philippine Congress to Legalize Waste Incineration by Promoting Them as Waste to Energy (WTE) Plants

Quezon City, Philippines (July 21, 2020) —Groups from the No Burn Pilipinas and Break Free From Philippines movement today denounced current moves in Congress to legalize garbage incineration banned under the Clean Air Act, by referring to them as waste-to-energy (WTE) plants while urging both the Senate and the House of Representatives to reject the proposed waste-to-energy bills, which will have the effect of weakening instead of improving existing environmental laws.

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In Global Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

#BreakFreeFromPlastic Members around the world will continue to speak out for Justice in deep solidarity with all the leaders and organizations who are helping advance the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.  Social Justice. Racial Justice. Environmental Justice. We believe these are all part of a single, globally-connected Movement for Justice. We are committed to utilizing our platforms responsibly […]

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Current discussions on European Commission Guidelines could jeopardize EU single-use plastic bans!

In 2019, the European Union (EU) adopted landmark legislation on single-use plastics, requiring EU countries to ban certain single-use plastics, reduce the consumption of others and put in place extended producer responsibility schemes. This was a major step in moving away from single-use plastics and reducing plastic pollution.  The European Commission is now developing guidelines […]

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Green Groups Denounce Moves in Philippine Congress to Legalize Waste Incineration by Promoting Them as Waste to Energy (WTE) Plants

Quezon City, Philippines (July 21, 2020) —Groups from the No Burn Pilipinas and Break Free From Philippines movement today denounced current moves in Congress to legalize garbage incineration banned under the Clean Air Act, by referring to them as waste-to-energy (WTE) plants while urging both the Senate and the House of Representatives to reject the proposed waste-to-energy bills, which will have the effect of weakening instead of improving existing environmental laws.

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In Global Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

#BreakFreeFromPlastic Members around the world will continue to speak out for Justice in deep solidarity with all the leaders and organizations who are helping advance the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.  Social Justice. Racial Justice. Environmental Justice. We believe these are all part of a single, globally-connected Movement for Justice. We are committed to utilizing our platforms responsibly […]

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Re-Exportation of Last Batch of 80 Containers of South Korean Garbage Re-Ignites Call to Ban All Waste Imports

4 August 2020, Quezon City. After sitting in Northern Mindanao for two years, the final batch of 80 container vans of contaminated plastic waste from South Korea are set to sail home this week amid the continuing COVID-19 outbreak. Deceptively declared as “plastic synthetic flakes,” the contaminated plastic waste materials, which arrived in July and […]

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#BreakFreeFromPlastic urges EU countries to take rapid action to effectively transpose the single-use plastics Directive

PRESS RELEASE Brussels, 16 July 2020 An assessment from the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement, released today, reveals that very few EU countries are on track for timely and ambitious transposition of the EU Directive on single-use plastics. Countries in the EU must take rapid and comprehensive action to end pollution from single-use plastics.  The single-use plastics (SUP) […]

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EU Promotes Greater Global Responsibility on Plastic Waste — But Not for Internal Market!

In April of last year, the European Union joined Norway in co-sponsoring amendments to the world's only waste treaty to establish new trade controls on the dirtiest and most unrecyclable plastic wastes.

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Government to regulate environmentally harmful plastic packaging, tyres, e-waste

Massey University’s Political Ecology Research Centre is delighted by the Government’s decision to declare plastic packaging, tyres, electrical and electronic products (e-waste), agrichemicals and their containers, refrigerants, and farm plastics “priority products”.  The Ministry for the Environment invited Dr Trisia Farrelly to speak at the launch at Remarkit in Porirua yesterday on behalf of the New Zealand Product […]

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#BreakFreeFromPlastic midway assessment of EU countries transposition of single-use plastics Directive

As part of Plastic Free July, members of the Break Free From Plastic movement and of Seas At Risk have taken stock of the progress made by EU Member States on the transposition of the EU Directive on single-use plastics, midway through the transposition period.

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Did Filipino “Tingi” Culture Pave the Way for Plastic Sachets in the Philippines?

“Enterprise for the Filipino is small stall: the sari-sari… Commerce for the Filipino is the smallest degree of retail: the tingi. What most astonishes foreigners in the Philippines is that this is a country..

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Can low-tech #zerowaste systems help us tackle #plasticwaste and #climatechange at the same time? Yes, indeed! Watch & learn from #breakfreefromplastic changemakers with @PlasticsBeyond, @ciel_tweets, and @GAIAnoburn 💚 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjHW5kBvonY&feature=emb_title

This is further aggravated by the fact that these countries are at the receiving end of waste dumping from countries in the Global North.

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"There is no evidence to prove that plastics are safer than cloth or paper. Yet, producers milk the situation by feeding fear into people’s minds. SUPS are extending the risk of COVID-19," @shibuknair of @ZeroWasteAsia said. RT! #breakfreefromplastic

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In Portugal, #BreakFreeFromPlastic member, @sciaena is calling for a deposit system for all beverage packages by January 2022. Let’s protect our environment and keep our oceans clean. Sign the petition for a deposit return system in Portugal! 👉🏽https://bit.ly/2CrKdY8

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