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A compost pile at Prince George's County's compost facility.
January 24, 2022

Small, local composting operations are a big part of the Zero Waste solution! That's why we're so excited to support SB229/HB184, to promote the development of on-farm compost facilities. In collaboration with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Shore Rivers, we're also supporting amendments to make sure that these compost operations don't have unintended environmental consequences.

Congress
January 21, 2022

Perhaps nothing makes people run for the hills faster than the prospect of a meaty discussion about federal appropriations of funding for the federal government. At least that what happens whenever I try to talk to my friends about it. But keep your seat for a minute.  

Image: A Clean Water Action Rally in the 80s side by side with a Rally in the 2010s
January 20, 2022

You’ve probably seen the photos or heard the stories about rivers that caught on fire, smog that was thick enough to choke on, “dead” lakes like Lake Erie, and polluters able to do whatever they wanted to with no accountability. It all seemed so “normal”. And it was, until some people decided to speak up and do something.

One of those people was our founder, David Zwick. In the late 60s David took an assignment from Ralph Nader to investigate the state of the nation’s water. What he found shocked him and turned into a book – Water Wasteland. 

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January 19, 2022

Today, we testified in favor of SB124, legislation to create a grants program for public schools to divert food waste and develop composting infrastructure! Check out the public hearing here, read a recap here, and click here to email your representatives!

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January 19, 2022

There’s not a better time than the beginning of the year to make a change in your home.  Setting the intention to declutter and create a more sustainable and zero-waste home is a great goal to start off your year. With that in mind, it can seem overwhelming to begin your journey towards a minimalist home. 

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January 14, 2022

This winter the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a series of listening sessions about how it can it can strengthen protections for streams, wetlands, and sources of drinking water. Here's what I told EPA in January.

Hello, I’m Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Director at Clean Water Action.

A compost pile at Prince George's County's compost facility.
January 14, 2022

Great news for Zero Waste! Key City Compost, a company founded after Frederick County said no to a new incinerator, is growing and expanding their operations. This week, the Planning Commission held a public hearing and approved Key City Compost's new Site Plan, a key part of increasing the amount of compost they can divert from the landfill and process at their facility between Frederick City and Thurmont.

NJ Recycled Content Bill Becomes Law Image
January 12, 2022

Great news from New Jersey! The State Legislature just passed an ambitious new bill (S2515/A4676) that will require minimum percentages of post-consumer recycled content in a variety of packaging products, including rigid plastic containers, beverage containers, paper and plastic bags, trash bags, and glass containers. The new law, which is just awaiting Governor Murphy's signature, will also set incremental increases to the Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) percentages and bans Styrofoam packing peanuts.

Plastic Pollution-ReThinkDisposable-Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash
January 11, 2022

In this three part blog series, learn more about our work in Rhode Island to fight climate change, stop plastic pollution, and create healthier communities. The first in our series focuses on our campaign to stop plastic pollution.

A collage of images from the 2020 legislative session
January 7, 2022

Maryland's legislative session starts this Wednesday! For the following 90 days, we'll be working to get important legislation passed for clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.