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Are We Choking in Plastic?

Are We Choking in Plastic?

In Southeast Asia, the problem is compounded by a distinct insufficiency in waste management policy and practice.

We Need to Shift to A Circular Economy Model

We Need to Shift to A Circular Economy Model

Our myopic focus on producing and consuming as cheaply as possible has created a linear economy in which objects are briefly used and then discarded as waste.

The Waste Problem in Southeast Asia

The Waste Problem in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has seen some of the fastest economic growth rates in the world, and plastic production has boomed alongside it while waste management lags.

What Do We Learn From the China Waste Ban?

What Do We Learn From the China Waste Ban?

China's ban on plastic scrap and waste imports has unveiled the hidden dynamics of the global plastic waste trade. The world has discovered that plastics collected for recycling are actually being exported with scarce control or care for their real destiny.

The World Before and After the China Waste Ban

The World Before and After the China Waste Ban

The move was an effort to halt a deluge of soiled and contaminated materials that was overwhelming Chinese processing facilities and leaving the country with yet another environmental problem — and this one not of its own making.

Never Discount Your Role in Fighting Against Climate Change

Never Discount Your Role in Fighting Against Climate Change

Given the dismal reality, it can be tempting to throw our hands up and assume we can’t do anything to improve the situation. But that’s where we’re wrong.

Plastic Waste: Are We Making Progress?

Plastic Waste: Are We Making Progress?

The world is entering a new era in its relationship with plastic. What was once a miracle product has become public enemy number one today.

Waste Crisis Post China Ban

Waste Crisis Post China Ban

The search for new refuse dumps is ongoing today. It all started in July 2017, at the meeting of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, when Beijing announced it would be reducing its import of global plastic and paper waste.

United States' Garbage Problem

United States' Garbage Problem

Every year, the United States generates more than 258 million tons of municipal solid waste - about 4.6 pounds per person per day.

Does Recycling Really Help?

Does Recycling Really Help?

The national recycling rate in the US has more than quadrupled from 7 to 34 percent since 1976, and the slogan Reduce, Reuse, Recycle has become a well-used phrase in American life today.