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?
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.
The countries of the ASEAN region have important roles to play in tackling the global problem of marine plastic waste.
The hard work of eliminating plastic waste must start with businesses.
UK still ships huge amounts of plastic waste to places like Vietnam, Malaysia and Pakistan.
Plastic in the ocean is eaten by over 700 species, but just a few items are responsible for the most deaths.
This automated approach can be used in any other city around the world, helping to reduce how much waste enters local waterways and reaches the ocean.
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.
Microplastics could pose a threat to the sustenance of aquatic biodiversity when ingested by animals.
This is up to 35 times more than the estimated weight of plastic pollution on the ocean’s surface.
What are the visions that reflect the diverse values that nature holds for people?
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.
We investigated plastic recycling in the UK and uncovered startling inconsistencies.
A new study reports that baby Florida sea turtles are consuming large quantities of plastic waste during a critical early life stage at sea.
Since 1989, the balloon industry has relied on a problematic study that claimed balloons degraded “at about the same rate as oak tree leaves” after six weeks. We put it to the test.
An enormous amount of fishing gear is cut loose in the ocean each year. The losses cut into fishers’ profits and kill marine wildlife. A new project aims to get ghost gear out of the ocean.
Plastics are strong, durable, waterproof, lightweight, easy to mould, and recyclable – all key properties for construction materials.
Pandemic precautions have given new life to disposable plastic products, which the industry claims are more ‘hygienic’ than reusables. But critics say there’s no scientific evidence this is so.