Beyond plastic

America's plastic problem has gotten way out of hand.

Most of us diligently recycle, take reusable bags with us when we shop, and look for new ways to stop using so much single use plastic “stuff”. Our individual actions are necessary, but won’t be enough. The good news is that the momentum to move beyond plastic is growing. More states, communities and businesses are getting rid of plastic bags, foam containers and other plastic “stuff” we can live without. 

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In 2015, Americans landfilled or incinerated over 50 million tons of compostable waste. That is enough to fill a line of fully-loaded 18-wheelers, stretching from New York City to Los Angeles ten times.

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Increasing compost can quickly and efficiently decrease methane emissions in landfills and restore soil health.

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NEW REPORT: Innovative companies show how to eliminate single-use plastic packaging

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NEW REPORT: Innovative companies show how to eliminate single-use plastic packaging

Leading up to Earth Day, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group are releasing a new report, Refill, Return, Reimagine: Innovative Solutions to Reduce Wasteful Packaging, that explains no-waste and low-waste business models, shares case studies and demonstrates ways to reimagine our relationship with plastic.

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Our 2024 priorities in the states

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Our 2024 priorities in the states

During a contentious election year at the federal level, state and local governments have some of the best opportunities to make progress on issues that affect our environment, our health, and the quality of our lives.

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Faye
Park

Faye
Park

Executive Vice President; President, PIRG

Susan
Rakov

Susan
Rakov

Senior Vice President, The Public Interest Network; Managing Director, Frontier Group

Mark
Morgenstein
Mark Morgenstein

Mark
Morgenstein

Director of Media Relations, The Public Interest Network