Waste

Clean Water is  taking-on single use products. From shopping bags, to food and beverage packaging, to plastic water bottles, our goal is to minimize the use of single use products.  We engage businesses, local governments, and individual consumers in rethinking the disposable lifestyle.

Food Waste out of the Trash

Legislation passed in 2021 to require large food waste generators to divert their waste away from landfill or trash incinerator if an organic recycling facility is nearby that can take their waste.

Recent Actions

Tell RI legislators: Support bills to eliminate plastic pollution and protect our neighborhoods, rivers, and Narragansett Bay

Tell your Representative and Senator to SUPPORT moving all five of these bills out of committee and on to votes by the full House and Senate.

Massachusetts legislators: Take action now to turn off the PFAS tap!

Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals that are toxic at very low levels, causing testicular and kidney cancer, high cholesterol, colitis, and immunosuppression, including reduced response to vaccines.

Pass a Recycled Content Bill in New Jersey!

The Recycled Content Bill (S2515/A4676), which passed in the New Jersey State Senate in June, recently passed out of the Assembly Environment Committee and we hope will move on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Waste Blog Posts

November 18, 2021

With your support, Clean Water Action is making a big impact for our water, health and communities across the country! Check out this roundup of the latest and greatest accomplishments. To support our programs, make a special contribution here. By speaking out together, our voices are heard!

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November 15, 2021

On Tuesday, October 26th the Zero Waste Massachusetts coalition hosted a webinar on incineration in Massachusetts.

November 9, 2021

Last year we celebrated as New Jersey passed into law one of the strongest bans on single-use disposables in the country (P.L. 2020, c. 117). We've been counting down the days until the law goes into effect. On November 4, the "straws by request" provision went live. Under these requirements, food service businesses will only offer single-use plastic straws to customers if they specifically request one.