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By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Recycling Reinvented, a nonprofit organization seeking to establish extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws at the state level, has commissioned Reclay StewardEdge, a Toronto-based consultancy, to produce a study that will document the "projected societal and economic costs and benefits associated with a uniquely American EPR system, as well as the fees that producers will need to pay in order to finance the system." The study will focus on Minnesota as a case study state.

A 19-year-old named Boyan Slat has come up with a clean-up process for the massive amounts of plastic debris in the oceans that he says would solve the problem in five years, reports Inhabitat. The solution would use an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that would span the infamous ocean garbage patches acting as a giant funnel. He's already won awards for the concept, has given a TEDx talk and had founded The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing his proposed technology.

People are products of their environment when it comes to recycling, according to the research of two Canadian psychology graduate students. The CBC reports that the students set up hidden cameras at two lunchroom waste sorting stations at the University of British Columbia. The students found that recycling rates were lower at the much dingier station.

In California, five former elected officials of the city of Bell were convicted after misusing public funds in a scandal that attracted national attention, reports Reuters. The officials convicted had given themselves extravagant overpayments for sitting on various municipal boards, including the city's Solid Waste and Recycling Authority.

In Iowa, legislation has been introduced to expand the state's 35-year-old bottle bill to include bottled water and other containers, reports The Gazette. The bill is likely to be opposed by grocery stores, which will have to collect the containers. A representative for Hy-Vee, a company that operates drug stores and supermarkets in the state, told the paper that used bottles and cans are "essentially garbage and we don't think bringing garbage into grocery stores is a very good solution."

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