International embrace

October 6th, 2019 - While most U.S. programs are suffering from acute neglect – resulting in resulting closures of more than 1,300 redemption centers and backsliding redemption rates – outside the U.S., the numbers tell a different story. In January 2017, nearly 300 million people worldwide had access to deposit laws. Since then, 12 new programs have been announced in quick succession, with the largest in India, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Romania. By the time all of these programs are implemented over the next two years, they will cover another 300 million people, doubling the number of individuals covered from just two years ago. 
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Stakeholders deserve to know how Pepsi will meet new packaging goals

September 23rd, 2019 - With companies lining up in recent months making commitments to groups like As You Sow and Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastic Economy project on plastic packaging, it is important to understand if companies will actually follow through on ambitious commitments. 
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Recycling cans and bottles is hard enough. These bills could make it nearly impossible

September 10th, 2019 - Upton Sinclair would have a muckraker’s field day with the rotten scraps of failed legislation the grocers lobby packed into two last-minute bills that just appeared Saturday through a process called “gut and amend.” The bills – Senate Bill 634 and Assembly Bill 54 – would release grocery stores and retailers from their legal obligations to recycle. 
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Grocers Launch Last-Week-Of-Session Attack on Bottle Deposit Law; Seek Exemption From Recycling Responsibilities As Consumers Turn To Stores For Deposits

September 9th, 2019 - LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today condemned eleventh-hour legislation by Senator Steve Glazer, SB 643, that would exempt thousands of grocery stores statewide from the obligation to recycle consumers' bottles and cans and return their five and ten cent deposits. The bill was amended Saturday to be heard during the last five days of the legislative session. Read More

Why are hundreds of California recycling centers closing?

August 7th, 2019 - Recycling centers -- those places where you bring your bottles and cans and get a little change in return – are closing. On Monday, nearly 300 of those centers were shut down across California, and 750 workers were laid off. Read More



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