Solid Waste

Here’s how manufacturers argue against repair.

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

In March, the FTC announced a new workshop called “Nixing the Fix,” which will investigate how companies “limit repairs by consumers and repair shops and whether those limitations affect consumer protection, including consumers’ rights.” Last week, the FTC posted submitted comments for it's Nixing the Fix workshop, and by reviewing those comments, it's clear that manufacturers and their lobbying associations are doubling down on their arguments.

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Statement: Maine and Vermont pass statewide legislation targeting plastic pollution

Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill banning single-use plastic grocery bags yesterday, less than two months after signing a first-in-the-nation bill banning plastic foam containers. The bill, which goes into effect next year, requires large retailers and grocers to replace single-use plastic bags with either reusable or paper bags, and it also institutes a 5-cent fee on all shopping bags.

What does “compostable” mean?

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

This product is certified compostable. Increasingly, this phrase is appearing on a variety of everyday goods -- from paper coffee cups and plastic forks to molded pulp packaging.

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New report provides best practices for composting waste

Composting all organic waste -- including food scraps and yard trimmings -- could eliminate nearly one-third of all materials sent to landfills and trash incinerators across the United States. That’s according to Composting in America, a new report released today by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group. The study outlines best practices for composting programs, which are critical for mitigating the negative impact of waste on the climate and public health.  

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Composting in America

America throws out immense amounts or trash, most of which is dumped into landfills or burned in trash incinerators. This is a costly system that damages the environment and harms our health. Luckily, communities across the country are turning toward a common-sense and beneficial solution: composting. Composting programs divert organic material – such as food scraps, leaves, branches, grass clippings and other biodegradable material – away from landfills and incinerators and turn it into a valuable product.

Right, left or center, we just want to fix our stuff

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

A new poll, conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Data for Progress, confirms: Right to Repair is incredibly popular no matter your political leanings.

For all of us who rely on our roads and public transit, and our water, sewage and power systems, the agreement reached by President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders in May to commit $2 trillion to infrastructure should be good news.

Maryland and Maine are the first states in the U.S. to put a plastic foam container ban on the books, but other states aren't far behind.

Leading cyber-security experts endorse right to repair

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

In many places, industry representatives, speaking for the manufacturers, say right to repair is a cybersecurity issue. If we let consumers or independent repair techs access tech manuals, diagnostic software or firmware patches it will mean the loss of security of our electronics … or so the claims go. It turns out that the who’s who of cyber-security experts disagree with these industry claims, and believe a more open repair market improves security. 

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Oklahoma’s new “ban on bans” hinders efforts to solve plastic pollution

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a “preemption law” yesterday, banning cities and towns from banning or placing a fee on plastic or other forms of containers. The law will also undo a recent effort in Norman, Oklahoma, to put a 5-cent tax on single-use plastic bags.

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