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New California Bill Could Revolutionize How the U.S. Tackles Plastic Pollution

by Tara Lohan | June 15, 2019

A sweeping “circular economy” bill in the California legislature aims to drastically reduce plastic waste and boost domestic recycling.   The ubiquity of plastic in our lives is leaving a mark — on the geologic record, in remote regions of the Earth, in the bodies of 90 percent of seabirds. Our oceans are a toxic soup, swirling with an estimated […]

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News, Member Stories

Southeast Asia Doesn’t Want to Be the World’s Dumping Ground. Here’s How Some Countries Are Pushing Back

by Hillary Leung | June 6, 2019

The global trash trade has reached a turning point; wealthier nations have long shipped their plastic waste to the developing world to be processed, but in recent months, some nations in Southeast Asia have begun sending the exports — much of it contaminated plastic and trash that is unrecyclable — back to where it came […]

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News, Member Stories

The Deadliest Fraud of Our Time-Plastic Cigarette Filters

by Xavier Sun | June 3, 2019

According to a report by Ocean Conservancy, the top 10 marine litters of the 2018 ICC were, for the first time, all made from plastic [1]. And cigarette butts (smoked cigarette filters) are number 1 on the list. Most people, even regular smokers, think cigarette filters are made from cotton. That’s perhaps the reason why […]

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Press Release, waste imports

Green groups call on Southeast Asian governments to resist waste imports

by Jed Alegado | May 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines (May 24, 2019) — Southeast Asian environmental non-governmental organizations are calling on their respective governments to strictly enforce bans on illegally shipped wastes from developed countries. “The recent news about waste shipments being discovered at the shores of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia is alarming. When the wealthy nations clean up, it should […]

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Member Stories, News

Asia Will No Longer Tolerate Being a Plastic Waste Dump

by Mageswari Sangaralingam and Sam Cossar | May 22, 2019

China set the trend of refusing foreign plastic waste. Now other Asian countries are following suit. Over the last three decades, the top plastic waste exporters, including the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom, sent abroad plastic waste weighting about  168 million tonnes, most of it to China. In 2018, China said “enough is enough,” […]

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