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Maine Will Make Companies Pay for Recycling. Here’s How It Works.

By Winston Choi-Schagrin Photo: Leon Werdinger/Alamy

The law aims to take the cost burden of recycling away from taxpayers. One environmental advocate said the change could be “transformative.”

07/21/21
                                                               

E-Waste: What Happens When We Fail To Recycle Electronics

By Earth911

Today, the average person owns three to four electronic devices. But what happens after these devices become obsolete and replaced? The unfortunate reality is that a majority go into the trash can, generating e-waste. It may be the easiest option at the time, but it can cause more harm than many realize. When disposed of with regular garbage, e-waste is highly dangerous due to the toxic elements released.

07/19/21
                                                               

Sick of your litter and recycling not being recycled? Meet Circular Philadelphia, the new org encouraging a reusable economy.

By Julie Hancher Photo: Briana Louise, In Between Rivers

Recycling has been broken for a long time. Consumers are the ones responsible for ensuring their “waste” ends up in the right locations, whether trash, recycling, or composting.
What if, instead, we locally recycled those materials into a local economy? What if we took our secondhand products to create a thriving retail economy? And we had legislation that reduced the amount of waste we use every day.

06/15/21
                                                               

Maine tries to shift some costs of recycling onto companies instead of taxpayers

By Frances Stead Sellers Photo: Gabe Souza

 At the height of tourist season, the recycling bins in this coastal town used to swell with glass and plastic, office paper and piles of cardboard from the local boatyard.

06/14/21
                                                               

As electric vehicles take off, we’ll need to recycle their batteries

By Madeleine Stone

When Ford unveiled the F-150 Lightning last week — an all-electric version of the best- selling vehicle in the United States—it was a big moment in the short history of electric cars. The 530-horsepower, 6,500-pound truck’s sticker price of just under $40,000 ($32,474 with a federal tax credit) drew comparisons to Ford’s Model T, the vehicle credited with making cars accessible to the middle class. In the first 48 hours after the battery-powered behemoth debuted, Ford received close to 45,000 pre-orders for it, equivalent to nearly 20 percent of all EVs registered in the U.S. last year.

05/28/21
                                                               
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The world’s first ‘infinite’ plastic

By Katherine Latham

There is one man-made material that you can find in the earth, the air and in the deepest ocean trenches. It is so durable that the majority of what has been created is still present in our ecosystem. Having made its way into the food chain, it permeates our bodies, flowing from our blood into our organs, even finding its way into the human placenta.

05/12/21
                                                               

Book offers insights, answers questions about what you can and cannot chuck into your blue bin

By Erin Blakemore

Can you throw a pizza box in the recycling bin? How about a candy wrapper or a shampoo bottle? If you’ve ever been perplexed by the byzantine rules of recycling, you’re not alone. And if you wonder how the system even works — and how you can make it better — you’ll want to read “Can I Recycle This? A Guide to Better Recycling and How to Reduce Single-Use Plastics.”

04/10/21
                                                               

State Legislature Considers Waste Reduction Legislation

By Molly Russell

Currently, 40 percent of the 17 million tons of waste generated annually in New York State comes from product packaging and paper products (PPP). Falling under this category are plastic containers, glass bottles, aluminum cans, newspaper, and cardboard.

04/02/21
                                                               

Another Voice: Recycling bill would help environment, taxpayers

By Brian Smith

In 2017, recycling markets in China and elsewhere began closing their doors to the U.S. Not only did this force us to deal with our own recyclable materials, but it also exposed fundamental flaws in how we manage solid waste. As a result, the U.S. is suffering from an ongoing recycling crisis, causing local governments, taxpayers and our environment to pay a heavy toll.

03/09/21
                                                               

How do we turn oil into plastic?

By Emma Bryce Photo: Carol Yepes, Getty Images

“Only we humans make waste that nature can't digest.” Those are the words of oceanographer Capt. Charles Moore, who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997. And, of course, he's talking about plastic.

01/18/21