News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

New study: North Carolina is Facing Serious Recycling Challenges

Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center released a report that discusses the state of recycling in North Carolina and the possible solutions that exist.

Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

The State of Recycling in North Carolina

You toss your plastic water bottle in a recycling bin after coming home from a trip to the beach, hoping the plastic from that bottle will be in next year’s plastic bottle, right? It most likely will not. Currently, plastic can only be re-manufactured a limited number of times, at best into a lower quality product because it degrades each time it is recycled. The value of recycled plastic may be low enough that your bottle is instead burned in an incinerator or dumped into a landfill. A few years ago, that plastic might have been sold to China or another foreign nation. However, over the last few years, countries across the Pacific are putting restrictions on importing U.S. waste. Without these export markets, the U.S. recycling industry is in serious trouble, as exemplified by your plastic bottle’s likely journey to a landfill or incinerator. Of course, using a reusable water bottle would have avoided this issue, and for that reason, reduction and reuse strategies are preferable to recycling, even when recycling works. This report dicusses the state of recycling in North Carolina and the soultions that are available.

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Trump administration’s replacement to Clean Power Plan sends U.S. in the wrong direction on climate change

The Afforable Clean Energy Rule (ACE) defies the latest climate science. It's not a good substitute for the Clean Power Plan. It gives a lifeline to coal power plants instead of prioritizing clean air. 

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‘Not too late, but it soon may be’: Cooper urges Congress to lead on climate change

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called on the United States to reassert itself as a global leader in the fight against climate change, telling a divided congressional committee of the economic, commercial and personal toll of climate change to his state while touting his moves as chief executive.

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Tax Bill Threatens America’s Environment

Today, the House of Representatives is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintain billions in tax breaks for fossil fuel producers.

Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Our Health At Risk

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.