Plastics and Human Health: Understanding the Risks

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 27 Apr 2023 18:00:00 GMT

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) presents findings of the new report from the Mindaroo-Monaco Commission on Plastics and Public Health.

Please join for a briefing to review the findings of the new report on the impacts of plastics on human health. The authors of the report will describe the health and environmental implications of plastic at every stage of its lifecycle, including recommendations for the United Nations Global Plastics Treaty.

Thursday, April 27th, 2:00pm ET 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building


Plastic Waste Reduction and Recycling Research: Moving from Staggering Statistics to Sustainable Systems

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Hearing charter

The purpose of this hearing is to discuss federal research and development and standards development needs to help address the plastic waste crisis and barriers to the current recycling system. In addition, the Subcommittee will explore challenges and opportunities for adopting sustainable upstream plastic waste reduction solutions and efficacy of existing lifecycle analysis models for assessing the impact of plastic waste and metrics for sustainability. The Subcommittee will also consider the role that the Plastic Waste Reduction and Recycling Research Act can play in addressing these important issues.

Opening Statements Witnesses
  • Keefe Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, The Recycling Partnership
  • Dr. Marc Hillmyer, Director and Principle Investigator, University of Minnesota National Science Foundation Center for Sustainable Polymers
  • Dr. Gregory Keoleian, Director, Center for Sustainable Systems, Peter M. Wege Professor of Sustainable Systems, School for Environment and Sustainability, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, co-Coordinator, Engineering Sustainable Systems Program, University of Michigan
  • Joshua Baca, Vice President, Plastics Division, American Chemistry Council

Efforts to Address Marine Plastic Pollution Through Recycling

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT

  • Winnie Lau, Senior Manager, Preventing Ocean Plastics, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Ginger Spencer, Public Works Director, City of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Nicole Collier, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, NestlĂ© USA

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