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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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Environmental NGOs call for hazardous waste exports and “dirty recycling” to end worldwide

BANGKOK/PRAGUE – In recognition of World Environment Day 2021, the NGOs EARTH (1,3) and Arnika (2,3) have called for an end to hazardous waste exports and dirty recycling industries through the universal ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment (4). As the world enters the UN decade of ecosystem restoration, pollution from dirty recycling continues to devastate […]

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Coca-Cola funds endless cleanups, but doesn’t prevent more plastic bottles ending up in our oceans

Coca-Cola partners with The Ocean Cleanup: Break Free From Plastic Reacts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brussels – June 4, 2021 The international movement of plastic-fighting NGO’s Break Free From Plastic reacts to the announcement of partnership between top plastic polluter Coca-Cola and The Ocean Cleanup: “If Coca-Cola really wants to solve their plastic bottle pollution, the […]

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Over 100 organizations express opposition to WtE Incineration Bill

Quezon City, Philippines— Civil society groups, informal waste workers associations, faith-based institutions, trade unions, academe and community-based organizations from all over the country called for the withdrawal of Senate Bill No. 1789, also known as the “Waste-to-Energy Act” authored by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian. In a letter sent to the Senate members of the 18th Congress […]

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Member Stories

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Members in the Spotlight: Zero Waste Austria

Please introduce yourself(-ves) and your organisation?My name is Monique, I am from Austria and I have studied business and administration in Vienna and also in California. I have been working for Zero Waste Austria over a year now and I am in charge of LinkedIn marketing and our sustainable city tours. I am also writing […]

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Paryavaran Mitra Demands Indian Government to Formalize Gujarati Waste Picking, Provide Workers Adequate Livelihood and Benefit

Waste pickers in India are an integral part of the healthcare and sanitation sector, yet are largely unrecognized by the very systems they support. In the state of Gujarat, #breakfreefromplastic member Paryavaran Mitra, an environmental organization that aims to increase public participation in government decision-making, is appealing to authorities to acknowledge the essential role waste pickers have in keeping the environment clean and safe, especially as COVID-19 continues to spread. The group is demanding that the government provide waste pickers livelihood and policies that will help protect them.

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Members in the Spotlight: Global 2000

Q1 – Please introduce yourself(-ves) and your organisation? GLOBAL 2000 is an independent environmental protection organisation in Austria based in Vienna. It all started in 1982, when six activists took an environmental study of the time, the first environmental report in history called “Global 2000”, as a model and began to shape Austria’s environmental policy. […]

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Show us how you do it by sharing a photo or video breaking free from plastic

“#BreakFreeFromPlastic is criticizing @CocaCola’s partnership with @TheOceanCleanup as ‘only an end-of-pipe intervention that will not stop the worldwide plastic pollution crisis for which Coca-Cola is co-responsible.” ‼️ 🚨

READ 👇
https://www.packaginginsights.com/news/break-free-from-plastic-slams-coca-cola-partnership-with-the-ocean-cleanup.html

“This comprehensive study concludes that the best way to confront plastic pollution is for governments to severely restrict single-use plastic packaging.” -@NinaSchrank of #breakfreefromplastic member, @GreenpeaceUK

READ 👇 @theguardian @dpcarrington
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/10/takeaway-food-and-drink-litter-dominates-ocean-plastic-study-shows

If solving the #plasticpollution crisis with one miracle technology sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is. Here are 5 things plastic polluters don’t want you to know about chemical “recycling” #BreakFreeFromPlastic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiscQ4ABW0k @GAIAnoburn

We are calling on Congress to break our society’s addiction to plastic. Our Latinx communities have long-standing practices that demonstrate to society ways to live without plastics. #DejaElPlástico Read all about it in @truthout: https://bit.ly/3w0u4PV

Looking for a map that shows all the #zerowaste shops in #Austria and where it is possible to buy package free goods? Our member in the spotlight for this month, Zero Waste Austria, has you covered.
Read about their fantastic work!👉 https://bit.ly/34P5Qfo #BreakFreeFromPlastic

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