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Roundtable Talks - Session 3: Extended Producer Responsibility

Do you know how to become part of the local sustainable or circular economy efforts in your neighborhood? Or push your local legislators to invest in green policy? If your answer to either of these questions was a resounding 'no', you are not alone.


Within the past two months of Roundtable Talks, we covered recycling, composting, and overall waste reduction at the household level. But after laying out the groundwork for making these changes at home, we realized that many folks still had questions about accessing information from their local municipalities and pushing circular community-wide waste haul efforts.


No matter what kind of hard work we put in at home, there are bigger actors who bear even greater responsibility. Progress can't be made if our recycling is mismanaged or businesses continue to manufacture products that are nearly impossible to recycle. During our next virtual discussion, we'll be exploring policy solutions, and shifts in corporate culture that embrace EPR.


Register for this discussion on Thursday, 3/18, 12 - 1pm.

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Included below are a few resources that will prep attendees for our upcoming discussion. You are not required to read them beforehand, but they will help with understanding and will be referred to by panelists.

New York Times - "Recycling in America is a Mess. A New Bill Could Clean It Up"

Waste Dive - "Tracking the Future of US Recycling Policy in Congress"

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land - Waste Management


More Resources:

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Land Pollution and Waste Disposal for Citizens

Inter-Policy School Summit - Virtual Webinars

Join us on Friday, March 5, for the University of Chicago's Harris School Inter-Policy School Summit. Panelists include experts from Delta Institute, Rheaply, Inc., PYXERA Global, and more! Plant Chicago’s own, Executive Director Jonathan Pereira will take part in the Circular Economy series, discussing inclusive economic mobility and environmental justice policy work in Chicago. The summit will open with Keynote Address by John Elkington (Author of Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism). Learn more and see the complete agenda when you register here.



More about Roundtable Talks

Roundtable Talks is a virtual circular economy forum by Plant Chicago. All are invited to join us on the third Thursday of every month via Zoom to discuss topics with specialized guest panelists and other interested folks like you! Discussion topics differ month-to-month and will be announced on Plant Chicago's Blog.

Last month's topic: Composting and Waste Reduction

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