Delegates from more than 150 countries, plastic industry representatives, environmentalists, scientists, waste pickers, tribal leaders end negotiations in Uruguay to draft what is intended to be a landmark treaty to end plastic pollution globally.
In a new report, Greenpeace USA says recycling remains limited and inefficient in a world increasingly dependent on plastics, recommends phasing out single-use plastics and switching to reuse-and-refill packaging and packaging-free products.
Legislators in many cities have banned plastic shopping bags, or added fees for their use. A study finds that this may conversely incentivise customers to buy more plastic bags for everyday use.
Negotiators have been given a broad mandate to target plastic trash in all its forms — not just bottles and straws in the ocean, but invisible microplastics polluting the air, soil and food chain.
Over 700 organisations across the globe have urged the United Nations to establish an international treaty to address plastic pollution ahead of a bloc meeting.
US contributed around 42 million metric tonnes in plastic waste in 2016 –– more than twice as much as China and more than EU countries combined, a new report shows.
The European Commission has proposed new rules for member states that would make it harder for them to export waste to poorer countries, but the proposal has not met expectations.
One Indonesian librarian is fighting plastic pollution by lending children books in exchange for trash.
Indonesia is the world's second biggest marine plastic waste contributor after China, according to the Indonesian government. One entrepreneur believes growing seaweed might help resolve the Southeast Asian nation's problem.
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