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Caution urged for chemical recycling projects in developing countries

Chemical recycling of plastics could be problematic for developing countries that have limited capacity to manage and regulate waste. That, at least, was the opinion of experts at a June…

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A Fight Over the Future of Recycling Brews as Plastics Legislation Gains Traction

The chemical industry says advanced recycling will change the game, but environmentalists are skeptical Chemical companies, oil-and-gas incumbents and startups around the world are touting plans for new recycling facilities,…

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Plastic pollution talks end & Arctic people return home to a ‘sink’ of plastic

Global plastic pollution talks in Ottawa came to a close April 30, and with them a group of Indigenous leaders from the Arctic are on their way home. But the…

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Fourth UN meeting on plastics wraps with a plan for future work

As the gavel came down at 3:18 a.m. at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) meeting to create a global treaty to end plastic pollution, the room breathed an exhausted…

Plastics Treaty Delegates ‘Work is Far From Over’

The United States and other leading oil and gas producing countries that resist caps on future plastic production had a powerful effect on the latest round of United Nations talks…

UN plastics treaty inches closer to reality

Negotiators wrapped up the fourth round of formal discussions over the United Nations’ global plastics treaty early on Tuesday morning, inching closer to a final agreement that’s intended to “end…

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Global negotiations on a treaty to end plastic pollution at critical phase

For the first time, negotiators from most of the world’s nations are discussing the text of what is supposed to become a global treaty to end plastic pollution. Delegates and…

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“Our Mother Earth is Sick”: Indigenous Leaders Speak Out

Every year, Delbert Pungowiyi’s community comes together to clean up the trash on the beach of his small island in Alaska. “Name a country, any country. Their country washes up…

On the Earth Day Agenda: A Global Plastics Treaty

To understand the global plastics treaty, it’s helpful to go back to the 2022 U.N. Environment Assembly meeting, where delegates agreed to write it. By then, plastics had long been…

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After overshadowing climate talks, the myth of ‘circularity’ looms over the UN plastics treaty

by Judith Enck and Pamela Miller Judith Enck is a former EPA regional administrator, the president of Beyond Plastics, and sits on the faculty at Bennington College. Pamela Miller is executive director…