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California legislators take aim at plastics with new bill package, including contested producer responsibility plan

On our watch list: Dive Brief: California lawmakers have reintroduced SB 54, a bill that would require all single-use disposable packaging, including food service packaging, to be recyclable or compostable by January 2032. The bill debuted as part of a unified Democrat-led package of almost a dozen other plastic waste-related bills on March 9. Read

By |2021-06-04T17:37:12+00:00June 4th, 2021|Recent News|Comments Off on California legislators take aim at plastics with new bill package, including contested producer responsibility plan

Is recycling a waste? Here’s the answer from a plastics expert before you ditch the effort

Terracycle and Loop founder and CEO Tom Szaky says the economics of the recycling business are broken in key ways, but consumer and corporate interest in building a circular economy continues to grow. Low oil prices, bans on imported recyclables in countries like China, and the latest trends in packaging design make it harder to

By |2021-05-24T19:03:03+00:00May 24th, 2021|Recent News|Comments Off on Is recycling a waste? Here’s the answer from a plastics expert before you ditch the effort

Industry group calls for billions in recycling investment

The Recycling Partnership says $17 billion in funding for the domestic residential recycling sector could increase the national recycling rate to nearly 70%. The industry group today released a report titled “Paying it Forward: Investment in Recycling Will Pay Dividends,” which found that massive spending on recycling infrastructure would improve the country’s materials recovery system. 

By |2021-05-19T23:38:46+00:00May 19th, 2021|Recent News|Comments Off on Industry group calls for billions in recycling investment

California’s carbon offset program might be pumping millions of tons CO2 into the air, new study says

California has set an ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2045. One tool the state plans to use is a process called forest carbon offsets. It works by giving credits to landowners who vow to preserve forest on their properties. They can then sell those credits to polluters in the state for the right

By |2021-05-14T17:00:15+00:00May 14th, 2021|Recent News|Comments Off on California’s carbon offset program might be pumping millions of tons CO2 into the air, new study says

California will lose a House seat for the first time, and the scramble is on

OAKLAND — Slow-growing California is losing a House seat for the first time, setting off an unprecedented political reshuffle that will ripple through every level of government. California’s elected officials and prospective challengers have spent months in a campaign holding pattern, Read more

By |2021-04-28T16:38:40+00:00April 28th, 2021|Recent News|Comments Off on California will lose a House seat for the first time, and the scramble is on

California provides millions in grants to boost recycling

Over $10 million in cap-and-trade program dollars have been awarded to California companies that recover PET, glass and textiles. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) on April 19 approved nearly $10.5 million in grants to California manufacturers. Read more

By |2021-04-27T17:30:01+00:00April 27th, 2021|Recent News|Comments Off on California provides millions in grants to boost recycling

Have California Democrats abandoned climate change leadership? Sure looks like it

The era of California’s big climate ambitions is over, even as California’s megadroughts and wildfires worsen. California’s biggest climate bill of 2021 is already dead, having failed to survive its first hearing in a Senate committee. Senate Bill 467 would have done three things: established 2,500-foot setbacks between oil wells and people’s homes; ensured a

By |2021-04-23T15:32:25+00:00April 23rd, 2021|Recent News|Comments Off on Have California Democrats abandoned climate change leadership? Sure looks like it

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