Solid Waste

Jessica Schreiber: ‘It’s just too easy and convenient to throw things away’

By | Olivia Sullivan
Zero Waste Campaign, Associate

We need to make it easier for clothing companies to reuse and recycle. Policy, data collection and nonprofits can help.

We hear from the fashion industry expert and journalist on tech solutions to clothing overstock problems and how policy can drive industry change.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Solid Waste

U.S. PIRG Education Fund urges the public to hold Coca-Cola accountable on its pledge to reduce plastic use

The Coca-Cola Company, a top plastic polluter according to a 2020 Brand Audit from the nonprofit Break Free From Plastic, announced a new commitment today to start using plastic bottles made with 100 percent recycled plastic for select brands in some U.S. states. According to the company, it would account for a nearly 20 percent reduction of new plastic used in North America compared to 2018. The commitment follows similar ones made by other major consumer goods companies, recently documented by U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

Coming clean on fast fashion’s wasteful secret

By | Olivia Sullivan
Zero Waste Campaign, Associate

This year’s brands are overwhelmed with record amounts of accumulated overstock because of COVID-19 lockdowns. All that clothing has to go somewhere if it’s not being sold.

Progress or more of the same from top corporate plastic polluters?

By | Haley Clinton
Zero Waste Campaign, Associate

For the third year in a row, the list of the largest plastic polluters in the world remains pretty much the same. According to the 2020 Brand Audit Report by Break Free From Plastic, the corporations responsible for polluting the greatest amount of plastic waste are, in order: The Coca-Cola Company; PepsiCo; Nestlé; Unilever; Mondelez International; Mars, Inc.; Procter & Gamble; Philip Morris International; Colgate-Palmolive; and Perfetti Van Melle.

Plastic is a problem not just for our environment, but also for our health. Chemicals used to make plastics anti-microbial, flame retardant, and more, can be toxic.

What Does Right to Repair Mean for Colorado?

By | Allison Conwell
Advocate

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But if it is broken, you should be able to fix it or take it to someone you trust to fix it.

16 ways to have a zero waste holiday in 2020

By | Haley Clinton
Zero Waste Campaign, Associate

With many cancelling annual gatherings, this is the year to think of ways to have a more sustainable, zero waste holiday season. Here are some ideas:

News Release | CoPIRG Foundation and Eco-Cycle | Solid Waste

CO recycling rate worsens, leading cities’ recycling and composting efforts demonstrate model for state

As Colorado Recycles Week kicks off, a new report revealed Colorado’s recycling rate in 2019 dropped from 17.2% to 15.9%, less than half the national average of 35%. Coloradans sent 6.1 million tons of municipal waste to landfills, over 90% of which could have been recycled or composted to the benefit of the climate and the local economy. Despite the downward trend, the annual State of Recycling in Colorado Report, co-authored by Eco-Cycle and CoPIRG, also featured updated city-by-city recycling rates and held up the cities of Boulder, Loveland, Aspen, Durango, and Fort Collins as leaders. 

Report | CoPIRG Foundation and Eco-Cycle | Solid Waste

State of Recycling and Composting in Colorado 2020

Colorado wasted more and recycled less in 2019 than in 2018, continuing to fall short of our state recycling goals and behind the rest of the nation. Despite the downward trend, there are dozens of Colorado communities continuing to demonstrate how recycling and composting can be successful in Colorado. In addition, growing national momentum and new statewide policies and investments show great potential to truly accelerate our recycling, composting and waste reduction efforts in the coming years in order to build a circular economy and as a pivotal solution to reduce climate pollution. 

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