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Australia faces deepening recycling crisis as India bans plastic waste imports

by Jewel Topsfield | April 1, 2019

Australia’s waste crisis is set to escalate, with India this month completely banning plastic waste imports a year after China’s drastic restrictions sent shockwaves through the recycling industry. India was the fourth-largest destination for Australia’s waste in December 2018, taking 13 per cent of its total waste exports. The Australian Council of Recycling has warned that with […]


Member Stories, News, Oil and gas

Texas should put communities first

by Priscilla Villa | March 28, 2019

The fracking boom is driving environmental disasters like the Intercontinental Terminal Company (ITC) Deer Park petrochemical fire. The ITC fire isn’t the first such disaster, and so long as Texas government prioritizes oil and gas industry profits ahead of public health, it won’t be the last. Facilities like ITC’s are proposed for the Gulf Coast […]


News, Plastic Policies

Nearly Half of Starbucks Shareholders Support As You Sow Proposal on Reusable Drinking Containers and Recycling Goals

by admin | March 28, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Stefanie Spear,, 216-387-1609 Oakland, CA—March 27, 2019—Nearly half of Starbucks’ shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting last week supported an As You Sow resolution to develop aggressive plans to meet packaging reuse and recycling goals. The 44.5% vote in favor represents $21 billion of investor support, far exceeding a similar […]


Member Stories, News, UNEA

We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution history

by Trisia Farrelly | March 21, 2019

A powerful marriage between the fossil fuel and plastic industries threatens to exacerbate the global plastic pollution crisis. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) estimates the next five years will see a 33-36% surge in global plastics production. This will undermine all current efforts to manage plastic waste. It is time to stop trying (and failing) […]