IEH GUEST Lecture: The truth about plastics recycling and international trade

8 May 2019
International Environment House I, Room 3



The perspective of this lecture is from a US non-profit recycler who first pioneered curbside recycling in 1973 and continues to provide this service under contract with the City of Berkeley, USA.

Martin Bourque, visiting Geneva to attend the Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, presented a GPS tracking of mixed plastics to China and SE Asia. 

Martin Bourque, Executive Director of the Ecology Center

Since 2000, Martin has led the Ecology Center, a community-based organization located in Berkeley. Under Martin's leadership, the Ecology Center is leveraging local direct community service programs to have state and national impact. Martin has spearheaded innovative efforts such as creating a farmers’ market industry group, pioneering electronic food stamp access and incentives at farmers’ markets, and passing the nation’s first Soda Tax. By linking local grassroots grit with highly competent program implementation, and increasingly effective policy advocacy, Martin has led the Ecology Center to become a high impact engine for change.


Video of the event

The event was live on facebook.




Diana RIZZOLIO, Coordinator, Geneva Environment Network

Lecture from Martin BOURQUE, Executive Director, Ecology Center


Ieva RUCEVSKA, Project Manager, Environmental Crime and Transboundary Waters, GRID-Arendal

João SOUSA, Senior Program Officer, Marine Plastics, IUCN