CoPIRG and Eco-Cycle have co-released the annual "State of Recycling and Composting in Colorado" report, which shows that our state's recycling rate decreased from 2018 to 2019 and is less than half the national average. Still, the report highlights several cities across Colorado whose effective recycling can serve as a model for future improvements.
In the November general elections, thanks in large part to CoPIRG’s advocacy and outreach, voters passed Denver Ballot Measure 2A. The measure will create a $36 million climate solutions fund to expand renewable energy and electric vehicle infrastructure, upgrade buildings to be more energy-efficient, and support multimodal transportation options such as transit, walking and biking.
With COVID-19 cases surging in Colorado and winter weather already here, CoPIRG is calling on Gov. Jared Polis and other state leaders to take aggressive action to contain the spread of the virus, including limiting travel, temporarily closing indoor dining and bars, and tripling testing.
A report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group found that nationally, the number of nursing homes out of PPE actually tripled between July and August.
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McDonald’s announced a commitment to eliminate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging used in its restaurants by 2025. PFAS are linked to kidney and liver problems, high cholesterol, reduced immune system function, and cancer.
Illiinois PIRG applauds passage of predatory lending reform capping usury ceiling at 36% APR. Measure sent to governor. Illinois will become the 18th state, along with the District of Columbia, that effectively bans payday loans.
With vaccines here, it may soon be time to reschedule vacations and other trips for later this year
U.S. PIRG Education Fund's third and most comprehensive report into pandemic price gouging on Amazon compares pre-pandemic prices to today's on 750 products, from 15 essential product categories.
At the start of 2020, toilet paper stockpiling and a run on hand sanitizer would have never crossed our minds. Unfortunately, we’ve lived in a different reality since then. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Americans have witnessed shortages of -- and price gouging on -- a range of household and medical products from disinfectant wipes to face masks. And as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths regularly near or exceed record numbers across the United States, even though most products are back in stock, we’re still seeing price hikes on essentials.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken steps for all of our staff to work remotely for safety reasons. But rest assured, we’ll keep advocating for you as we work for a healthier, safer world.