Subject: Open Letter to UK Government against Ineos bailout, BFFP’s Yvette Arellano in The New York Times, Proper handling of COVID-19 waste in hospitals, and more!

Open letter: No bailout for petrochemical giant Ineos!
Scientists and activists, brought together by #breakfreefromplastic changemaker Andy Gheorghiu, Policy Advisor at Food & Water Action Europe, joined more than 100 NGOs in urging government leaders to reject the COVID-19 bailout requested by #Fracking4Plastics polluter Ineos! 

According to recent press reports, the petrochemical giant is seeking £500m in state support for its Grangemouth facilities in Scotland. This is especially insulting with Scotland’s plan to host the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year.

The Open Letter was sent to both Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, and Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. We urge these government leaders to stand together with the climate, the environment, and our communities. 
Other News
Yvette Arellano on the bank of Buffalo Bayou in industrial east Houston. Credit: Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York Times
Yvette Arellano on the bank of Buffalo Bayou in industrial east Houston.
Credit: Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York Times

Yvette Arellano of T.E.J.A.S. stands up for Environmental Justice

Yvette Arellano, a community organizer with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, spoke with The New York Times to explain the deadly irony behind the petrochemical industry’s pollution in Houston. While hospitals need PPE like masks and gloves, communities like Yvette’s are forced to breathe in the toxic fumes from incinerators burning this same type of plastic. They are “breathing in the toxins that industry says is necessary for the safety of other people.”

Zero Waste Europe offers free access to its webinars until the end of August!

Join us virtually! Tune into Zero Waste Europe’s monthly webinars with plastic pollution experts from all over Europe through August 31st (they’re free!). Watch Plastic Waste Prevention in Action and explore Chemical Recycling: What it is and how does it fit into the circular economy from the comfort of your home.

And make sure to register for the next webinar on Deposit Return Systems for Beverage Containers on June 16th!

YPBB-Indonesia sheds light on waste workers situation during COVID-19

There’s no question that waste workers continue to play an essential role in society during COVID-19. #breakfreefromplastic changemaker Iwut Wulandari of YPBB-Indonesia sheds light on the current condition of waste workers during the pandemic: “In Bandung and in the whole of Indonesia, collectors are not used to wearing personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves. Some waste workers that work more formally in a company also often work with minimum wage and bad working conditions.”

Healthcare Without Harm Southeast Asia shares how to properly dispose of COVID-19 waste

How should hospitals be disposing of the many tons of trash created by COVID-19? In a recent interview, #breakfreefromplastic changemaker Ramon San Pascual of Healthcare Without Harm Southeast Asia explained why COVID-19 waste must be treated as normal, infectious waste: “There is no need to burn COVID-19-related waste. For the single-use plastics, the solution is to find reusable PPEs, masks and even gloves. This is being done by some members of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) international network.”

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