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PIRG and state affiliates call for EPA regulation of polluting technology

Recycling & compost

PIRG and state affiliates call for EPA regulation of polluting technology

PIRG, along with affiliate groups, submitted comments urging the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate gasification technologies, often mislabeled as “chemical recycling” or “advanced recycling.” Facilities utilizing these polluting technologies currently operate unregulated by federal air quality standards.

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Part one of EPA’s ‘National Recycling Strategy’ underwhelms

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Part one of EPA’s ‘National Recycling Strategy’ underwhelms

DENVER --  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its first National Recycling Strategy, part one of what the agency promises to be a “series on building a circular economy for all.” After receiving input from various stakeholders, including U.S. PIRG, the EPA chose five objectives, all of which focus on post-consumer waste management, that have historically yielded mixed results:

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Report examines America’s waste problem over past 3 years

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Report examines America’s waste problem over past 3 years

Every year, the average American throws out nearly 1,800 pounds of trash. On Thursday, PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and Community Action Works released a new report, Trash in America: Moving from destructive consumption towards a zero-waste system. The report examines America’s waste problem and recommends 10 steps the United States should take to build a “zero waste” economy.

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