Evidence suggests that Scotland’s bottle deposit scheme would prevent huge amounts of litter from entering the environment.
Experimenting with low-waste living shows it’s not easy being green. But householders can help policymakers design better waste management systems.
Waste pickers want a say in how policies are designed and implemented.
Representatives of 175 countries voted to start developing a global treaty to reduce plastic waste. Treaties addressing mercury, long-range air pollution and ozone depletion offer some lessons.
Using recycled plastic to wire planes could reduce their emissions while cutting down on waste from the 3-D printing industry.
An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean each year – equivalent to dumping in a garbage truckload of it every minute. A new report calls on the US to help stem the deluge.
There is an urgent need for legislation dealing specifically with electronic waste in Nigeria.
From larger-than-life Lego blocks to bird-nest inspired structures, researchers are finding innovative ways to reuse and recycle the plastic we throw away.
Some plastic sent overseas for recycling ends up as pollution, or goes up in toxic smoke. But there are steps we can take to ensure our waste is processed as intended.
Plastic waste is a global problem. Now a chemist has developed a new strategy for breaking down the most common plastic so it can be not just recycled, but upcycled into desirable goods.
As much as 53 million tonnes of plastic waste could spill into the world’s rivers, lakes and oceans by 2030 — even if countries meet their commitments.
New Zealand’s potential to expand its domestic recycling sector is enormous. It could create jobs and divert millions of tonnes of waste from landfills, as long as there are clear, measurable targets.
A media study of public criticism of plastic reveals that stigmatisation may result in limited bans, it leaves the vast majority of plastic production and pollution unexplored.
Even recycled plastics still end up in landfill with our current system.
To manage plastic wastes, nations first need to know what they have and where it’s coming from. A case study from Trinidad and Tobago shows how this approach can help identify solutions.
2019 was a big year for dire warnings about the state of the planet, but crises can spur solutions.
Waste-to-energy incineration has been raised as a solution to the global plastic waste problem, but the technology adds pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and encourages more waste production.
Consumers are much more likely to recycle their waste after viewing messages showing the products it might turn into.
Plastic washed ashore from the ocean is hard to recycle. What else can we do with it?
A nanotube innovation using waste plastic could help solve one of the world’s energy problems.