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Method found for creating virgin quality plastics from waste

A research group has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. The resulting gases can then be transformed back into new plastics - of the same quality as the original.

Chinese merchant ships main source of plastic waste in the ocean

Inaccessible Island sits between Argentina and South Africa in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is described as a "remote, uninhabited island with a very high macro-debris load." Researchers wanted to find out where all the plastic waste was coming from.

Do Canadians really know where their plastic waste ends up?

Canadians are taught to recycle plastics - with the belief the waste plastic is being refashioned into something useful. CBC's Marketplace wanted to track the lifecycle of Canadian plastic, so they put trackers in plastic bales.

We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg on non-recyclable waste

For the past year, the waste of the world has been gathering on the shores of south-east Asia. Containers full of unwanted waste have been accumulating in ports in Indonesia and Vietnam - while vast toxic wastelands of plastics cover parts of Malaysia.

Deepest submarine dive ever finds plastic waste in Mariana Trench

An American diver broke the record for deepest submarine dive ever and found something disheartening at the bottom of the ocean — a plastic bag. Victor Vescovo traveled seven miles down to the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific

TerraCycle's Loop to bring reusable packaging to Toronto

Toronto - Canadian efforts to reduce single-use plastic will get a boost this year when a major retailer is slated to launch a test of reusable packaging in the most populated part of the country.

Consumer goods companies partnering on alternative to recycling

At the annual World Economic Forum this week, consumer goods companies were in the hot seat, emerging as the new targets for global activism against plastic waste. CEO's of many of the companies have come up with a solution.

Ocean Cleanup hits another snag as 60-foot section breaks off

A 60-foot chunk of the Ocean Cleanup device, deployed with much fanfare in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in October, has broken off and the entire plastic collection system will now be towed back to port for an overhaul and upgrade.

Cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch harder than it looks

A floating device sent to corral a swirling island of trash between California and Hawaii has not swept up any plastic waste — but the young innovator behind the project said Monday that a fix was in the works.

Unilever and Veolia to create circular economy for plastics

Unilever has signed a three-year partnership with Veolia to improve waste collection and recycling infrastructure while helping create a circular economy for plastic waste in India and Indonesia.

A tsunami of plastic waste is about to be unleashed on the world

The world will soon be dealing with a glut of plastic waste equivalent to 21 times the mass of the Great Pyramids at Giza, with no obvious strategy available for recycling it.

Unilever unwraps plan for closed-loop food-grade plastic supply

London - Unilever announced on Wednesday it is partnering with start-up company Ioniqa and Indorama Ventures to develop technology capable of converting PET plastic waste into virgin-grade materials available for use in food packaging.

Ontario-based Pyrowave listed in CIX Top 20 Innovative Companies

Oakville - Pyrowave, a Canadian company using microwaves to recycle polystyrene scrap was named by the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) as one of the country’s top 20 innovative technology companies.

New concerns about plastic waste in the oceans

New concerns have been raised about the impact of plastic waste dumped into the world’s oceans. A new report indicates that waste from Northern Europe, for example, will reach the Arctic within two years.

European Union passes limits on plastic bags

In an historic move this past week, the European Union approved a measure that would reduce the consumption of one-use plastic bags handed out in retail stores. The measure is expected to reduce the number of bags used by 75 percent over the next decade.
 

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Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated  while ...
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated, while the rest — 79% — has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.
United Nations Environment
A consequence of mass tourism in the Valley of the Kings  Egypt.
A consequence of mass tourism in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt.
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Plastic waste has become so common across the world - We don t even notice it much  anymore.
Plastic waste has become so common across the world - We don't even notice it much, anymore.
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Bales of crushed PET drink bottles at a recycling facility in San Jose  California  in May 2019.
Bales of crushed PET drink bottles at a recycling facility in San Jose, California, in May 2019.
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GFL truck at Ingram Transfer Station in Toronto.
GFL truck at Ingram Transfer Station in Toronto.
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Beach on Inaccessible island in 2012.
Beach on Inaccessible island in 2012.
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