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Environmental groups urge reduction of plastics in garbage

by Kathy Conlin
| December 23, 2020 12:00 AM

More than 550 community and environmental advocacy groups, led in part by the Center for Biological Diversity, are urging President-elect Joe Biden to take a series of actions in eight areas that could reduce plastics entering the waste stream, place new limitations on how they're managed and stimulate market demand. 

  • The Presidential Plastics Action Plan, released Tuesday, pitches creation of an office on Recycling Market Development and Waste Reduction Innovation within the U.S. Department of Commerce, among many items. It also proposes a moratorium on construction of new "garbage incinerators" along with sun-setting existing sites and

closing ash landfills.

  • The plan also calls on Biden to exercise "federal purchasing power" by putting an end to government buying of single-use plastic products and shifting toward reusable items. The group further recommended appointing a plastic pollution czar "to coordinate plastic

reduction efforts amongst federal agencies and internationally." Information from WasteDive

PACIFIC STEEL & RECYCLING EARNS EMISSIONS REDUCTION RECOGNITION

Great Falls, Montana-based Pacific Steel & Recycling has received the first Climate Benefit Unit (CBU) certificate issued by the Bozeman, Montana-based Well Done Foundation.

Foundation chairman and founder Curtis Shuck announced the issuance of

the Climate Benefit Unit in the second week of November.

The certificate was presented to Pacific Steel at its corporate offices in Great Falls. The Foundation says it represents the removal of 21 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is part of the “Pound for Pound” program the scrap recycling firm and the foundation announced earlier this year.

“Pacific Steel & Recycling has been a fantastic partner for us in reclaiming and recycling scrap metal left behind at orphaned well sites,” said Shuck. “We are pleased to issue our first CBUs to a company who cares as much about conservation in Montana as we do.”

- Posted by Brian Taylor