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1 Shannon Davis University of California, Berkeley CHESC June 18, 2014 The Plastic Disclosure Project

2 The Commodification of Waste: A Story of Plastic Recycling in Berkeley Society & Environment B.S. with Honors Conservation Resource Studies B.S.

3 Symbolism: a grey area

4 Limitations with Resin Identification

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6 UC Beyond the Bin

7 The Precursor to a Commodity

8 Meanwhile, pteropods are in decline Dark humor or harsh reality?

9 Micro Plastics & Pteropods Macro perspective on the “International Plastic Dilemma” Pteropods = base of the marine food web Synergistic effects on all trophic levels

10 The effect of plastic in the context of a changing climate

11 Mechanisms & Contributing Factors

12 City of Berkeley: MIXED bales contradict VHQ

13 “waste” embedded in the system

14 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?

15 Potential solutions: reduce reuse recycle REFORM

16 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

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18 Questions? Shannon Davis shannondavis@berkeley.edu Recycle.berkeley.edu


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