Environment editor, The Seattle Times
Benjamin Woodard is the editor of environment coverage at The Seattle Times. He has managed some of the Times’ most ambitious projects in recent years, from documenting the peril of the Northwest’s resident orcas to the plummeting populations of snow and king crab in the Bering Sea and the pervasive contamination of Washington’s aquifers from PFAS.
Our Plastic Planet
The recently defeated Washington Recycling and Packaging Act sought to address the problem of plastic pollution; requiring companies to be responsible for the end-of-life management of packaging, set minimum recycled content requirements and ban some packaging. It failed to advance, so the question remains: what can we do to tackle the massive plastic problem here at home and all over the world?
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