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Member Stories, News

Here’s Why America Is Dumping Its Trash in Poorer Countries

by Dominique Mosbergen | March 20, 2019

The filthy secrets of the multibillion-dollar global recycling industry. This story was originally published by HuffPost. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Bales of plastic garbage, stacked 15 feet high, shimmered in the 100-degree heat. They gave off a faint chemical smell as they warped and softened under the equatorial sun. A canary-yellow Walmart clearance tag […]

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Member Stories, News, Zero Waste Cities

A zero-waste Philippines is possible

by Froilan Grate and Jed Alegado | February 13, 2019

Five years ago, Presidential Proclamation No. 760, signed by former president Benigno S. Aquino III, officially declared the month of January as Zero Waste Month. The proclamation defined “zero waste” as “an advocacy that promotes designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, and […]

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News, Press Release

Philippines to the World: We are Not Your Dumping Ground

by admin | January 14, 2019

Container vans containing misdeclared mixed wastes from South Korea are set to be repatriated by the Bureau of Customs today, 13 January 2019, from Misamis Oriental, The Philippines. A total of 51 container vans will be sent back to South Korea, and is just part of the xx trash-filled container vans illegally sent by Verde […]

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Member Stories, News, Plastic Policies, Zero Waste Cities

Single Use Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance- STRONG SUPPORT

by admin | December 11, 2018

Dear Mayor and City Councilmembers,   Thank you for your leadership on Zero Waste issues. I am writing to express Break Free From Plastic’s strong support of the Single Use Disposable Foodware and Litter Reduction, Item #27 on the December 11th City Council meeting agenda. The ordinance represents a brave and necessary step forward in […]

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Incineration, Member Stories, News, Plastic Policies

Give me Convenience or Give Me Death

by admin | December 4, 2018

Written by Stiv Wilson. Article originally posted in Story of Stuff. At this point in modern life, we likely touch plastic more than we touch our loved ones.  Plastic has become a ubiquitous symbol of globalization. Most of us have a limited relationship to this material, experiencing it only from purchase to disposal.  But there is […]

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