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The Evolution of EPR for Packaging in the United States | Upstream

The Evolution of EPR for Packaging in the United States | Upstream | Recycling News Channel | |

"As UPSTREAM fans may know, we’ve been involved in the EPR Packaging debates in the United States for nearly four years now. While there has been significant opposition from many consumer brands during this time, there has been a groundswell of support building from local governments, as well as an openness from some waste and recycling businesses to this policy approach."

The Organic Stream's insight:

An interesting perspective on extended producer responsibility for packaging from the United States:

"In the end, it all comes down to money and control. Most of the stakeholders in the recycling supply chain – local governments, collectors, processors and end-users (including many packaging suppliers) – want the funding from producer fees to optimize recycling systems. However, over the last four years, much of the US discussions and subsequent controversy focused on a 100% producer-financed and controlled recycling system and the massive power-shift inherent in this approach."

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Renewable energy provides 6.5 million jobs globally - IRENA | Press Releases

Renewable energy provides 6.5 million jobs globally - IRENA | Press Releases | Recycling News Channel | |
The Organic Stream's insight:

“With 6.5 million people directly or indirectly employed in renewable energy, the sector is proving that it is no longer a niche, it has become a significant employer worldwide,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “The insights into shifts along segments of the value-chain revealed in the report are crucial to developing policy that strengthens job growth in this important sector of the economy.”

Of course, recycling and sustainable waste management has an extremely high job creation potential as well. 400.000 jobs can be created in Europe if we fully implemented current EU waste legislation.

And pay close attention to the course on, as Lesson 5 (soon to be released) will go into great detail on how jobs can be created with sustainable organic waste management systems.

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Indonesia's poor swap garbage for health care ("why didn't i think of this earlier; great exchange")

A new group of clinics on Indonesia's main island of Java are treating patients for free in exchange for rubbish, an innovative approach to broadening access to healthcare for the poorest as...

Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

A great example of the many ways we can use "waste" when it is given value and treated as a resource.

Bert Guevara's curator insight, June 16, 2014 1:58 PM

As long as waste has value, it can be used in so many ways like this. Although health centers are free in the Philippines, medicine is not.!

Georgia farmer fined $5000 for growing too many veggies

Georgia farmer fined $5000 for growing too many veggies | Recycling News Channel | |
By various sources DeKalb County is suing a local farmer for growing too many vegetables, but he said he will fight the charges in the ongoing battle neighbors call “Cabbagegate.” The law was suppo...
The Organic Stream's insight:

By keeping things local, small farmers are demonstrating how a decentralised and distributed production model can benefit local communities, local soils, and the environment. This is something we go into great detail in our most recent podcast episode. However, instead of promoting this, DeKalb County, USA, is using a law intended to stop large commercial operations in residential areas to fine a 2-acre farmer who sells to neighbours and farmers markets.

We should be promoting and supporting small farmers across the world, not penalising them.

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