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Trash in America: Moving from Destructive Consumption to a Zero-Waste System

A new report released today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund, Frontier Group, and Toxics Action Center, Trash in America:  Moving from Destructive Consumption to a Zero-Waste System, details the effects of overconsumption in America, including water contamination, air pollution, habitat destruction, and global warming. The report also examines how good policies can minimize the proliferation of waste and incentivize reduction, repairs, reuse, recycling, and composting.

Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Solid Waste

Trash in America

The United States produces an immense amount of waste. Natural resources are continually extracted to produce goods that are used in the U.S. – often only briefly – before they are thrown into landfills, incinerators or the natural environment. This system of consumption and disposal results in the waste of precious resources and pollution that threatens our health, environment and global climate.

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After Apple Slows Phones, Interest In Repair Spikes

A new survey released today by U.S. PIRG, “,” found a surge in consumer demand for phone repair following the revelation that Apple was slowing phones with older batteries. “Rechare Repair” identifies the barriers to battery replacement and phone repair that add to long repair delays for consumers.

The Most Important R-word

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

Most of us have encountered the three Rs of being green, complete with the eminent symbol of three green arrows forming a triangle. Perform a quick online search and you’ll see all kinds of fact sheets and infographics detailing how the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” conserves natural resources, landfill space, and energy. Most of these accounts imply that the three R’s are created equal. In other words, recycling is just as good as reusing or reducing, so long as you’re not throwing stuff away. But wait, that’s not true! The three R’s appear in a particular order for a reason, to show hierarchical preference. 

Resource | Solid Waste

Escombros Después del Huracán María

El 20 de septiembre, el huracán María azotó a Puerto Rico con vientos sostenidos de 155 millas por hora, a solo 2 millas por hora de ser catalogado un ciclón categoría 5. La marejada ciclónica junto a precipitaciones que excedieron las 35 pulgadas en algunos sectores causaron inundaciones catastróficas en toda la isla. Según el gobernador de Puerto Rico, el costo estimado de los daños causados por el huracán María es de $95 mil millones, 1.5 veces el producto nacional bruto del territorio. Puerto Rico es hogar de 3.4 millones de ciudadanos estadounidenses que ahora enfrentan escasez de alimentos y agua, un esfuerzo masivo de limpieza y la necesidad de reconstruir su sistema eléctrico.

Resource | Solid Waste

Solid Waste In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria

On September 20, Category 4 Hurricane Maria whipped Puerto Rico with winds traveling at 155 miles per hour, just two miles per hour short of a Category 5 storm. Over the next three days, catastrophic flash flooding, storm surges and rainfall – up to 35 inches in some places – inundated the island. According to Puerto Rico’s governor, damage from Hurricane Maria is estimated at $95 billion, or 1.5 times the territory’s annual gross national product. Puerto Rico is home to 3.4 million Americans, who now face water and food shortages, massive clean-up efforts, and the need to rebuild their electrical system.

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