Tearing open a chocolate wrapper or twisting the cap off a plastic bottle could be releasing polluting microplastics into the air, raising fears that boosting plastic recycling rates may not be enough to stem the problem of microplastic pollution.
As with plastic bottles and aluminum cans, Americans suck at recycling the lithium-ion batteries in laptops, iPhones, and Teslas. A new bill circulating in Congress, the Battery and Critical Mineral Recycling Act of 2020, seeks to change that.
Six state bag bans passed in 2019, many of which will go into effect this year, and more are advancing in legislatures across the country in places like Colorado and Maryland, plus an unprecedented federal plastics bill proposed in Congress in February.
Two communities — one in Canada, one in the U.S. — share both a border along the St. Marys River and a toxic legacy that has contributed to high rates of cancer. Now the towns are banding together to fight a ferrochrome plant.