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Effort to reduce plastic waste in New York gains momentum

New York State is on the verge of passing legislation to significantly reduce single-use plastic waste, potentially setting a precedent for other states.

Hilary Howard reports for The New York Times.

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Reimagining plastic usage to combat pollution

In an interview with CBC, environmental scientist Pete Myers advocates for a significant reduction in plastic production and emphasizes the urgent need to address plastic pollution's health impacts.

Mark Kelley reports for CBC.

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Opinion: The myth of plastic recycling needs reevaluation

The author argues that we must confront the reality that recycling does not make plastic any less harmful or more sustainable, suggesting a move towards reducing overall plastic production.

Eve O. Schaub writes for The Washington Post.

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The opening press conference for the INC-3 meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya, in Nov. 2023. (Credit: UNEP)

Everything you need to know for the fourth round of global plastic pollution treaty talks

Countries will meet this month in Ottawa to move forward on the historic treaty — but obstacles remain.

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international, legally binding plastic pollution treaty will take place from April 23 to April 29 in Ottawa, Canada.
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Industry giants show support for federal recycling fee initiative

Industry giants show support for federal recycling fee initiative

Major petrochemical companies and manufacturers, including Exxon Mobil and LyondellBasell, are exploring with lawmakers the idea of implementing a federal fee on packaging to bolster recycling efforts.

James Osborne reports for the Houston Chronicle.

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This will be a big year in shaping the future of chemical recycling

The controversial practice looms large in state environmental laws, federal regulation and global plastic treaty negotiations.

With a presidential election looming, a wave of state-level legislation circulating, an international plastics treaty taking form and fights brewing over proposed facilities, 2024 is set to shape the regulatory future of chemical recycling in the U.S.

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What is chemical recycling?

While industry claims it could be part of a circular plastics economy, experts say that chemical recycling is extremely damaging to the environment and provides no real benefits.

When you think about plastic recycling, you probably picture plastic being converted into shiny new bottles, boxes and bags.
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