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Using, Recycling & Disposing Bags Responsibly

Even if you’re diligently working to reduce waste, disposable bags probably ease into your routine.
Produce bags. Paper bags. Pretzel bags. Pet-waste bags. Garbage bags. Gift bags. Biodegradable bags. And so on. Even reusable bags eventually wear out.
What is the best way to responsibly discard different kinds of disposable bags in an earth-friendly manner? Earth911 talked to some waste management professionals to get their perspectives.

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China gets tough on US recyclables. How one Maine town is fighting back.

After receiving a notice from their recycling facility that they had amassed thousands of dollars in fees over just 15 days for excessive recycling contamination, the city of Sanford, Maine decided to ramp up their enforcement efforts for recycling rules. Thanks to their pay-as-you-throw program their efforts were a resounding success.

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PayAsYouThrow.org

PayAsYouThrow.org is a project of the Recycling Foundation and is supported by forward-thinking organizations that believe in the power of pay-as-you-throw to help cities and towns achieve their municipal waste reduction and recycling goals.

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Ellen Macarthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with business, government and academia to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.

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EPA Data on Waste

Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling  

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The New Plastics Economy

In a new plastics economy, plastic never becomes waste or pollution. Three actions are required to achieve this vision and create a circular economy for plastic. Eliminate all problematic and unnecessary plastic items. Innovate to ensure that the plastics we do need are reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Circulate all the plastic items we use to keep them in the economy and out of the environment.

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Basic Information about Landfill Gas

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 14.1 percent of these emissions in 2017.

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By the numbers: the economic, social and environmental impacts of ‘fast fashion’

According to the Ellen McArthur Foundation, clothing production approximately has doubled in the last 15 years, driven by a growing middle-class population across the globe and increased per capita sales in developed economies. An expected 400 percent increase in world GDP by 2050 will mean even greater demand for clothing.

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How the Waste Industry Can Lead on Climate Change

The climate impact from the waste industry comes primarily from methane, which is produced from the anaerobic decomposition of organic materials in a landfill.  Short-Lived Climate Pollutants like methane represent an unprecedented opportunity to take immediate action to slow the rate of climate change. 

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