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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.

This year, each of us will throw out, recycle, or shove into a desk drawer an average of 16.8 pounds of old phones, laptops, toasters, and other electronics and appliances, according to the UN — a whopping total of 63.3 million tons of electronic waste worldwide.

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Dr. Shanna H. Swan, one of the world's leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists, teamed up with animation specialists, After Skool, to outline the impact of environmental exposures on men's and women's reproductive health.

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A new biomaterial created by methane-munching marine organisms can be molded into eyeglass frames, or formed into leather-like sheets.

A new federal bill proposed last week by U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL), the Reducing Waste in National Parks Act, aims to curb plastic waste and pollution in the U.S. National Park system.

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A hardworking nonprofit uses simple tech, a team of volunteers, and a grand vision to harness garbage from the rivers of Bali, Indonesia.

The cost to remove a seized small pleasure craft from the water and dispose of it ranges from $5,000 to $25,000, while refloating a larger vessel — especially if it is laced with pollutants and contaminants such as bunker fuel and asbestos — can cost up to $25 million.

Exxon Mobil is set to build its first large-scale plastic waste advanced recycling facility in Baytown with initial capacity to recycle 30,000 metric tons per year, the company announced Monday.

The tubing and other bendable equipment used in cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) exposed young children to phthalates at levels that may be clinically significant, preliminary research found.

Consumer product companies have set lofty goals for recycling but have so far made only modest progress.

The Navotas mudflats are among the last of their kind and act as a crucial feeding ground for migratory birds, but they are being buried in plastic
This week I discuss a Canadian company that has taken a novel approach to recycling plastics.
India is prohibiting single-use plastics from next year to tackle pollution, but environmental experts say the new rules alone won't mitigate the problem.
Wilmington officials have resolved to reduce plastic pollution and improve the city's recycling program through outreach, education and support of businesses that minimize use of plastic straws and utensil.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed two laws on Tuesday banning the use of toxic “forever chemicals” in children’s products and disposable food packaging, as well as a package of bills to overhaul the state’s recycling operations, his office announced.

So-called “ghost" fishing gear may be robbing the seas around Greenland of more than three tons of fish each year, at a total economic cost that amounts to 5 percent of the value of the country's most important industry.

Activists in Indonesia worried about plastic pollution wanted people to rethink their usage. So they built a museum made from more than 10,000 discarded bottles, bags, straws and single-use food packaging.

In recent years, countries across the globe have implemented laws to mitigate plastic production and pollution.

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A team of researchers have developed a model to track the pathways and fate of plastic debris from land-based sources in the Mediterranean Sea.

Plastic bags are everywhere, including in the store and our homes.
U.S. congressional Democrats are considering including the first federal fee to tackle plastic pollution in the multitrillion-dollar reconciliation bill, a proposal that is drawing opposition from the plastics and petrochemical industry.

Even before the coronavirus blew into all our lives, bottled water was, and has been for years, the No. 1 beverage in the United States, surpassing soft drinks as the choice of increasingly health-conscious consumers.

Scientists fear plastic pollution will be overlooked as politicians focus on climate change policy.
About 10,000 tons of plastic waste are getting into the Great Lakes every year, threatening one of the largest reservoirs of freshwater on the planet that supports nearly 50 million people in Canada and the U.S.
Researchers found that one tiny Arctic village’s unfiltered sewage produces as much microplastic as the treated waste of more than a million people.
The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating plastic pollution. A shift in waste management practices is thus urgently needed to close the plastic loop, requiring governments, researchers and industries working towards intelligent design and sustainable upcycling.

A Democratic proposal to help finance the party's $3.5 trillion spending bill by taxing single-use plastics is generating sharp pushback from members of the industry, who argue it would produce more waste and hurt average Americans.

Consumers in some Northern Virginia communities will have to pay for plastic bags starting next year.
An alarming new study finds that infant feces contain 10 times more polyethylene terephthalate (aka polyester) than an adult’s.
The hauling of rope on maritime vessels could result in billions of microplastic fragments entering the ocean every year, according to new research.
Addressing a growing number of permit questions, the coastal policy and rulemaking body has approved a prohibition on artificial turf within the 30-foot shoreline buffer in areas of environmental concern.

The sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping will be prohibited in Spain's supermarkets and grocery stores starting in 2023. This is one of the measures in a decree being drafted by the Ministry for Ecological Transition, according to sources familiar with the initiative.