Top news in Plastic Pollution
More than 100 environmental groups have called on the government to prohibit the import of plastic waste and instead encourage the use of domestic plastic waste for recycling as a way to safeguard the environment and promote the circular economy.

China will ramp up its efforts to phase out single-use plastics, boost recycling and promote alternatives to plastic in the next five years in a bid to curb pollution and meet the country's carbon neutrality targets.

Berkeley is studying how to ban non-compostable plastic bags from grocery stores, restaurants and city-sponsored events.

Researchers previously thought that sunlight would only ever break down plastics in the sea into microplastics – which then persist in the environment forever. But analysis of real-world bags produced by retailers showed that the effect of sunlight is often very different.

Limerick-based ISHKA Irish Spring Water is on course to dramatically reduce plastic pollution through the use of tethered caps, becoming the first bottled water company in Ireland to do so.

The well-known three-arrows symbol doesn’t necessarily mean that a product is actually recyclable. A new bill would limit the products allowed to feature the mark.

Water, sediments and biota in the Sal river—a major water body in South Goa—are contaminated with microplastics, the most common being black MPs which are caused by the abrasion of motor vehicle tyres on road surfaces, a study has revealed.

The law aims to take the cost burden of recycling away from taxpayers. One environmental advocate said the change could be “transformative.”

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Vehicle makers shy away from traditional materials that are hard to recycle, like leather and plastics, and look to repurpose alternatives that still convey quality.
Climate change and COVID-19 aren't the only issues on the ballot this election: Plastic is driving a global pollution problem, and Canada's future efforts to end it are on the line.
Maine and Oregon have enacted laws that require makers of consumer product packaging to pay for recycling or disposing of it. Will other states follow?
Consumer Reports details the big problem with plastic, revealing where most of the plastic you throw away ends up and explaining how to limit its environmental harm.
It is estimated 19 billion single-use face masks have been used in the UK this year.
Broken down bits of bottle caps, wrappers, beach toys — as well non-consumer items like industrial resin “nurdle” pellets — have become a staple of Michigan shorelines.

Plastic made in 2019 will cost the environment and society about $3.7 trillion – or more than the gross domestic product of India – over its estimated lifetime, according to a new report by wildlife charity WWF.

The pollution, emissions and clean-up costs of plastic produced in 2019 alone could be $3.7 trillion, according to a report.

The European Union on Thursday (2 September) backed calls for a legally binding international agreement to reduce plastic pollution, during a UN-hosted conference in Geneva.
Plastic pollution in freshwater lakes can become an established habitat for microscopic algae within just two weeks, according to new research.

Agency finalizes scope of manufacturer-requested risk evaluations.

A team of Chinese scientists has converted a common type of waste plastic into valuable commodities. That could be good news for our trash-choked planet.

Queensland businesses are now banned from selling or supplying some plastic and polystyrene products, as the state vows to tackle plastic pollution.

"From this survey it looks like the microplastics originate from plastic bags, ropes and fibers, so the particles come from consumer products."

For the 1,500 Roma people living here, the enormous landfill called Pata Rât is very much alive. And so is the environmental hazard on their doorstep.

From endangered freshwater dolphins drowned by discarded fishing nets to elephants scavenging through rubbish, migratory species are among the most vulnerable to plastic pollution, a United Nations report on the Asia-Pacific region says.

At a Ministerial Conference, Spain's Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) has advocated the need to create an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution.

Plastic, fertilizer, fuel, even cow farts ... algae can make all this more sustainable. Here's why we're on the brink of an algae revolution.
Jim Fitterling says the chemical company supports net zero carbon targets, but warns against restrictions on natural-gas use.

A recent study found that hundreds of Cape Fur seals are entangled each year, mainly in fishing lines and nets, causing horrific injuries and can result in a slow, painful death.

Shifting away from using fossil fuels for energy is essential for our climate future, but if we aren't careful we may unintentionally encourage a shift that is also unsafe and unsustainable.

A new campaign draws attention to the fact that Starbucks cups are not truly recyclable due to a coating of polyethylene plastic on the inside of the cup.

Lawyers at the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre are calling for an independent assessment of three proposed petrochemical and plastics facilities in Prince George, B.C., that they say pose "profound risks to the global environment." 
Huge amounts of plastic ends up rivers and oceans every year, harming the environment and potentially also human health. But what if we could pull it out of water with magnets?
The Department of Energy is collecting perspectives from Ohio Valley communities impacted by the ethane and petrochemical industries.