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Learning ExCHANGE


Real action requires the real truth:

The NRES dedicated 2019 to research and fact-checking. Deep dives into recycling, garbage, reuse, repair, the circular economy, plastics and packaging, and government initiatives uncovered game-changing solutions, and practices that make matters worse.​



Some recycling makes more pollution. Many products are only partially recyclable and untraceable remains are managed in the most cost efficient way, anywhere in the world.

Watch: The Story of Stuff youtube series


Some recycling gives a false sense of market demand. There are landfills piled high with shredded “recycled” plastic.

Read: Economic Study of the Canadian Plastic Industry, Market and Waste: Summary Report to Environment and Climate Change Canada.


Recycling simply can’t keep up. The planet can’t keep up.

Read: Is recycling “part of the solution”? The role of recycling in an expanding society and a world of finite resources  


Closed loop circular economy recycling should be incentivized.


Production of non-recyclable materials should be dis-incentivized.

Read more: Zero Waste Europe Redesigning Producer Responsibility: A new EPR is needed for a Circular Economy. 


Provincial and federal governments are recommending new policies for recycling and plastic pollution.

Read 1: Canada Wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste.

Read 2: CleanBC Plastic Action Plan.


Reduce, Reuse, and Repair have been largely ignored.


There is much talk about the circular economy. It remains theory at this point. Some governments have taken leadership.

Read more: Austin Tx Circular Economy initiatives.


Any single zero waste action is beneficial, yet no single action is enough. No amount of action is enough without reducing production and consumption.

Read: Policy scenarios for a transition to a more resource efficient and circular economy


It remains common for NRES to be the lone voice in the room (or the zoom) lobbying for conservation. We ask the questions, and crickets answer.  Private conversations reveal broken systems that well-intentioned people want to restore. The NRES gets asked to tell the stories, as though there are no consequences to the NRES for doing so. In this way, NRES is often marked as whistle-blowers in a system thriving on the economics of over-production and waste.


NRES tells the truth in order to highlight sustainable practice, and to promote the Conserver Society. We deep dive and learn all sides so we can tell you the truth. We hope our voice can help you use your voice.

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