via (CNN) A huge trash-collecting system designed to clean up plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean is finally picking up plastic, its inventor announced Wednesday.The Netherlands-based nonprofit the Ocean Cleanup says its latest prototype was able to capture and hold debris ranging in size from huge, abandoned fishing gear, known as “ghost nets,” to tiny microplastics as small as 1 millimeter. Read the full story here: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/02/tech/ocean-cleanup-catching-plastic-scn-trnd/index.html
Researchers have found it is the volume of water used which is the key factor in plucking the tiny plastic particles from man-made material. Read the full story here: https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/washing-laundry-on-a-delicate-cycle-releases-more-plastic-microfibres-into-the-ocean/
via The Guardian
Plastic was the furthest thing from Gregory Wetherbee’s mind when he began analyzing rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains. “I guess I expected to see mostly soil and mineral particles,” said the US Geological Survey researcher. Instead, he found multicolored microscopic plastic fibers.
Read the full story here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/12/raining-plastic-colorado-usgs-microplastics
“I have been in the plastics recycling business for 30 years. The film we made, starring Robert Davi & Paul Wilson with Chuck Zito, Deborah Green and Brandi Porter, will help raise awareness to what many consider to be the #1 threat to the environment of our planet. “Mott Haven” is not a documentary but an entertaining and intense drama set in The South Bronx where the story’s protagonist is struggling to keep his life and his plastics recycling business afloat. His business, Bronx Recycling Company of Mott Haven is collecting much of the scrap plastic in New York City which otherwise might end up as pollution. We are all proud that we have created a film that is not only meaningful and exciting but also addresses a pressing environmental problem which affects all people, all over the world.” — Michael Domino, COO, Domino Plastics Company Inc.
A system meant to take floating plastic from the ocean is having difficulty gathering debris, Ohio lawmakers take aim at local bag bills and a NAFTA replacement agreement is signed.
via Plastics News.
In Indonesia, commuters pay for the bus with plastic waste
RESIDENTS of Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya can now pay for the bus in a novel way – by trading in used plastic.
The city’s mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini last month announced the roll out of the new Suroboyo Bus, comfortable, air-conditioned buses which are, importantly, accessible for disabled, elderly and pregnant passengers.
Read the full story here: https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/05/in-indonesia-commuters-pay-for-the-bus-with-plastic-waste/
Plastics Pile Up as China Refuses to Take the West’s Recycling
LONDON — Ever since China announced last year that it no longer wanted to be the “world’s garbage dump,” recycling about half of the globe’s plastics and paper products, Western nations have been puzzling over what to do when the ban went into effect, which it did on Jan. 1.
The answer, to date, in Britain at least, is nothing. At least one waste disposal site in London is already seeing a buildup of plastic recyclables and has had to pay to have some of it removed.
Read the full story here: https://nyti.ms/2Ezr1TE
LSU Biology Sciences Professor Develops Biodegradable Mardi Gras Beads from Microalgae
BATON ROUGE – Tens of thousands of pounds of plastic Mardi Gras beads enter the environment every year. After the parades, most of the discarded beads end up in the landfill. Biologist Naohiro Kato at LSU is developing an innovative way to solve this problem by creating biodegradable Mardi Gras beads.
Read the full story here: http://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2018/02/06bio_kato_beads.php
Naturalist Attenborough makes dire warning of plastic pollution in world’s oceans
U.K. naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough has warned of the dangers of plastic in the oceans after witnessing the damage it causes while filming a new wildlife series.
Attenborough said that during the recording of the BBC’s TV series “Blue Planet II” he saw countless examples of the negative effect of plastics, according to comments in the Guardian newspaper on Sunday.
via The Atlantic
Plastic production is rapidly accelerating, according to an ambitious new paper—but only 9 percent of it gets recycled.
Read the full story here: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/07/plastic-age/533955/