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Reloop reimagines the bottle bill for Northeastern states

The NERC Advisory Member publishes a 67-page report, Reimagining the Bottle Bill, which details the benefits of modernized deposit return schemes in five Northeastern states.

Is Recycling a Fraud?

Over the last few years, recycling has been subject to a barrage of bad press. First it was the bad markets caused largely by the Chinese decision to ban the imports of recyclables. Then came the stories claiming that our recyclables get tossed into landfills or are sent overseas to be dumped. That was followed by easily quotable and highly misleading statistics such as only nine percent of plastics are recycled. No wonder many people are suspicious about recycling.

Why is composting so hard in the United States?

Today's guest blog is authored by Suz Okie of GreenBiz. The original post can be read here.

To anyone who knows me, it should come as no surprise that I compost. Between my thrifty, waste-not-want-not nature and the potent greenhouse gas emissions of food waste in landfills, throwing food scraps in the bin is simply not an option in my book.

So when I transplanted to Portland, Maine three months ago — a non-circular life update I’m simply delighted to share — I quickly discovered I had three options: I could drop off my organics for free at five city-run locations, pay a local private company for weekly curbside pick-up, or I could go it alone and start my very own backyard operation.

In many ways, having a choice marks me as lucky. I’m part of the privileged

The Case for Recycled Content Standards

Today's guest blog is courtesy of Ocean Conservancy. The original post can be read here.

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – James Wooden.


This quote came to mind as we at Ocean Conservancy launched our latest report, Recommendations for Recycled Content: Requirements for Plastic Goods and Packaging. After all, this was not the first time that Ocean Conservancy has looked at the issue of recycled content. When we published our Plastics Policy Playbook in 2019, we identified recycled content standards as a promising policy measure to improve recycling and keep plastics out of our ocean.

When Congress passed the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act in 2020, we saw an opportunity…