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The Plastic Disclosure Project. Shannon Davis University of California, Berkeley CHESC June 18, 2014. The Commodification of Waste: A Story of Plastic Recycling in Berkeley. Society & Environment B.S. with Honors Conservation Resource Studies B.S. Symbolism: a grey area.

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the plastic disclosure project

The Plastic Disclosure Project

Shannon Davis

University of California, Berkeley

CHESC June 18, 2014

the commodification of waste a story of plastic recycling in berkeley
The Commodification of Waste: A Story of Plastic Recycling in Berkeley
  • Society & Environment B.S. with Honors
  • Conservation Resource Studies B.S.
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Dark humor or harsh reality?

Meanwhile, pteropods are in decline

micro plastics pteropods
Micro Plastics & Pteropods
  • Macro perspective on the “International Plastic Dilemma”
  • Pteropods = base of the marine food web
  • Synergistic effects on all trophic levels
is commodification recycling
Is Commodification Recycling?
  • What is the difference between recycling, up-cycling, or down-cycling?
  • All plastics are not made equal (Type,Shape,Color,Grade)
  • Many names:
    • Waste?
    • Resource?
    • Raw material?
    • Scrap Plastic?
    • A commodity?
  • At what point is a material “recycled”?
    • Bale?
    • A ton?
    • Flake?
    • Pellet?
    • Actual “new” material or product?
conclusions recommendations
Conclusions & Recommendations
  • Up-cycling: (Single use) MULTI USE
  • Design a circular economy
  • DISCLOSURE! Beyond diversion rates
  • Utilize a “systems” approach
  • Examine upstream & downstream processes
  • Shift the burden: Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Internalize externalities-separate costs
  • RESEARCH more alternatives!
    • Social responsibility
    • Environmental responsibility
    • The role of POLICY

MIXED bales contradict VHQ

questions
Questions?
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