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July 10, 2014

Houston’s New Recycling Plan Gives Preference to Siting Waste Facility in Minority Areas

The Zero Waste Houston Coalition released a new report, “It’s Smarter to Separate: How Houston’s Trash Proposal Would Waste Our Resources, Pollute Our Air and Harm Our Community’s Health,” on the steps of City Hall. The report details environmental problems and challenges facing the One Bin for All experiment the City of Houston is considering to jumpstart its recycling program. It also documents the environmental justice and civil rights implications of the City giving preference to existing landfills for the location of its new One Bin for All waste facility. Houston since the 1920s has located its landfills, incinerators and garbage transfer stations exclusively in mostly African American and Latino neighborhoods.

January 11, 2012

MLK Day 2012: 5 Reasons Dr. King Would Be Fighting Environmental Racism in Tennessee

January 16, 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Dr. King was called to Memphis in April 1968 on an environmental and economic justice mission on behalf of 1,300 striking garbage workers from AFSCME Local 1733. The Memphis struggle was about much more than a garbage strike.

April 23, 2011

Where Does BP Gulf Oil Waste Go One Year Later?

It has been one year since the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster that killed eleven workers and created an environmental nightmare on the U.S. Gulf Coast.  While the media devoted round the clock coverage of the well capping and cleanup efforts, not much attention was given to where the oil waste was being