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Reduce, reuse, then recycle: this was where recycling was intended to fit within the circular economy. Instead, recycling has become the scapegoat for unchecked plastic packaging production.

We will never recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis. But with support, regulation, and investments, we can rebuild the recycling system, a vital part of a Zero Waste society.

Chasing arrows was produced by Peak Plastic Foundation, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaking collective working toward ending fossil fuels.

AMBR is a coalition founded by four of the original pioneers of mission-driven, community-based nonprofit recycling in the U.S. Together, we are guiding new recycling policies and infrastructure investments to rebuild credible, transparent recycling systems. AMBR’s founding members are Eco-Cycle, Ecology Center, Eureka Recycling, and Recycle Ann Arbor.

Recycling rates will never be accurate until we quit fudging the numbers by just sending it overseas to be someone else’s problem. We’re proud to have worked with Californians Against Waste and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to pass AB 881 to stop this practice #PlasticJustice

Around the world, waste pickers are material experts and the backbone of the global recycling system. Our new short features waste pickers around the world as they identify problematic materials and top corporate polluters. Now on Only One. In partnership with Break Free From Plastic.

In 2020, we were excited to partner with Only One to launch the #NotDisposable series to share the full stories of plastic pollution. In this series introduction, meet the communities rising up to bring it down.

The COVID-19 crisis has affirmed the urgency to unify as a global community. At this moment in history, the world is waking up to how interconnected and reliant on one another we truly are. While this crisis has laid bare widespread systemic injustices in all facets of society,  we have the opportunity – and a responsibility – to align around the following Just Recovery principles for a better future. Take action and sign-on to demand a #JustRecovery

Public health must be protected, prioritizing frontline workers, fenceline communities, and vulnerable populations. Environments and human rights of impacted countries and communities cannot be compromised by the business interests of the global elite.

Deprioritize and divest from extractive industries and their boom and bust cycles. Transition the workforce into sustainable economies with free training programs. Bailouts must be investments in community resiliency, not corporate interests.

Single-use must be replaced with sustainable product delivery systems. The externalized costs from extraction to disposal must be eliminated.

Corporate responsibility and accountability must be consistent in all regions where companies do business. Government policies must ensure countries manage their own waste. Policy is informed by credible, third-party science.

Support community efforts to hold industry accountable for impacts. Regulators must measure and monitor emissions and health impacts. Policies that impact communities must respond to the impacts upon frontline communities.

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