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In Maryland, discussions intensify over ending subsidies for trash incineration, with advocates urging action before a legislative deadline.

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A plant proposed in Youngstown, Ohio, would have turned tons of tires into synthetic gas. Local officials said not so fast

The mayor and city council have enacted a one-year moratorium after the EPA raised multiple environmental justice concerns, from toxic air to hazardous waste.
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Waste pickers are fighting for recognition in the global plastics treaty

"Private companies are not capable of extracting anywhere near the amount of recyclables that reclaimers are."
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State legislators, grass-roots orgs: Single-use plastic in Massachusetts 'gots to go'

Activists joined with law makers to launch a campaign targeting single-use plastic in the Bay State to transition to a reuse, refill culture.

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EPA spurns Trump-era effort to drop clean-air protections for plastic waste recycling

Affirming long-standing incineration regulations, the Biden administration has withdrawn a plan to help ease the way for unchecked pyrolysis and gasification of plastic.

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On the eve of plastics treaty talks, a youth advocate from Ghana speaks out: ‘we need urgent action’

United Nations delegates gathering for a second negotiating session stake out their positions as environmental groups, businesses and scientists seek to influence the outcome of plastic treaty talks.