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Media Coverage of Plastic Pollution

(Note: after years of largely being ignored by the mainstream media, suddenly (March 2018) plastic pollution is the environmentalist flavour of the month. We're trying to keep up. Actually, we're at bit distracted for now by COVID-19.)

May 2020 - Caddis fly larvae are now building shelters out of microplastics (Ars Technica)

May 2020 - Plastic menace: More than 80 per cent of seabird nests on a remote Scottish island are found to contain packaging and other debris (Daily Mail)

April 2020 - Microplastics disrupt hermit crabs' ability to choose shell, study suggests (The Guardian)

April 2020 - What's Gone Wrong With Plastic Recycling (Consumer Reports)

April 2020 - Scientists Identify 1.9 Million Pieces of Microplastic in Square Meter of Ocean Floor (Newsweek)

April 2020 - Microplastics: New ocean-friendly alternative inspired by spiders (Sky News)

April 2020 - Recycling won't be accepted if it contains plastic bags as of June 1 (CBC News)

April 2020 - Scientists develop first 3-D mass estimate of microplastic pollution in Lake Erie (Phys.org)

April 2020 - Plastic pollution: why chemical recycling could provide a solution (The Conversation)

April 2020 - Ocean plastic was choking Chile’s shores. Now it’s in Patagonia’s hats (The Guardian)

April 2020 - Adidas show made from recycled ocean plastic (Good)

April 2020 - The tire industry pushes back against evidence of plastic pollution (AutoBlog)

March 2020 - How Big Plastic Is Using Coronavirus to Bring Back Wasteful Bags (Mother Jones)

March 2020 - The Plastic-Hunting Pirates of the Cornish Coast (New York Times)

March 2020 - Microplastic fibers linked to respiratory, reproductive changes in fish (Phys.org)

March 2020 - How much plastic actually gets recycled? (LiveScience)

March 2020 - What If Nestlé and Coke Had to Clean up Their Own Plastic Pollution? (EcoWatch)

March 2020 - Plastic Pollution May Be Spreading Antibiotic Resistance (Hakai Magazine)

March 2020 - Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, P&G, and Nestle Sued Over Creating Plastic Waste and Destroying the Planet (One Green Planet)

March 2020 - An Environmental Group Are Suing Coke And Pepsi Over Plastic Pollution (IFL Science)

March 2020 - These plastic-chomping caterpillars can help fight pollution (CTV News)
Before you declare the problem solved, note this sentence from the article:
"One issue could be how to handle the toxic substance the caterpillars excrete when they are fed plastic."

March 2020 - Designing plastic to break down in the ocean is possible, but is it practical? (Phys.org)
As I read this article, the idea is that we could design plastics so they would break down from being large pieces of plastic (e.g. a water bottle) into microplastics more quickly. It isn't about actually biodegrading the physical plastic into constiutent elements.

March 2020 - Hellmann’s mayonnaise jars made from 100 per cent recycled plastic to hit the shelves in March (Toronto Star)

March 2020 - Students spend weekend 'hacking' plastics at Waterloo event (CBC News)

March 2020 - Saskatoon 3D print shop creating solution for plastic waste (Global News)

February 2020 - McDonald's waste cooking oil converted into 3D print resin by Canadian professor (Dished Vancouver)

February 2020 - Plastic waste in oceans ‘the canary in the coalmine’, professor says (Express & Star)

February 2020 - The hidden plastic pollution on our beaches (BBC News)
1-minute video is the core of this news item.
Note that the plastic in the video FLOATS on water.
This is a problem we CAN clean up, including microplastics.
Deplasticizing the Ocean (including shoreline clean-up) by RESTCo
Demonstrating the filter fabric removing plastic from gravel using simple flotation by RESTCo

March 2020 - Plastic pollution: Snowdon research is a 'wake-up call' (The Guardian)

February 2020 - America’s 'recycled' plastic waste is clogging landfills, survey finds (BBC News)

February 2020 - Circular Claims Fall Flat:Comprehensive U.S. Survey of Plastics Recyclability (Greenpeace USA)
From the executive summary of the 36 page report: "Most types of plastic packaging are economically impossible to recycle now and will remain so in the foreseeable future. Companies must move beyond the outdated, failed approach of promoting recycling as the solution to excessive plastic waste and pollution. Furthermore, few U.S. cities have industrial composting facilities5 required to treat compostable plastics and many compost facility operators don’t want compostable plastics.6 We cannot recycle or compost our way out of the growing plastic pollution problem. Instead of pretending that the trillions of throwaway plastic items produced each year will be recycled or composted, we must stop producing so many of them in the first place. To meet their “recyclable, reusable or compostable” pledge commitments, companies must become serious about employing reusable/refillable business models."

February 2020 - Brantford company gets $1M to cut plastic waste (The Brantford Expositor)

February 2020 - In Norway, bottles made of plastic are still fantastic (Bangkok Post)

Note to those who want to use 'market solutions' to fix the plastic pollution issue. Paying people to solve the problem actually works. Duh! Support deposit-return systems instead of industry-greenwash, taxpayer-funded municipal recycling systems. Then, buy products made from recycled plastic to ensure there is a market for the recuperated materials.

February 2020 - 3D Printers & Recycled Plastic: Can They Print Recycled Plastic? (All3DP)

February 2020 - Rules around human waste in farming are 'out of date' (BBC News)

February 2020 - Thousands of industrial plastic pellets found on banks of Delta, B.C., waterway (Global News)

February 2020 - Banning the bag a great step, but it's a speck of N.L.'s plastic pollution, says researcher (CBC News)

February 2020 - How your clothes become microfibre pollution in the sea (Phys.orgs)

It's a bit more complicated than this article makes out. If your washing machine is connected to a typical urban waste water system, your washer waste water goes to a waste water treatment plant. My research - with Carleton University faculty and a PhD candidate - we have done a literature search which shows that 98% or better of plastic pollution is trapped in the sewage sludge and does not exit with the treated effluent water. Given the volumes of plastic pollution coming in, the plastics exiting are non-trivial on a planetary basis. But the main route to the environment appears to be via the sewage sludge being put on farm fields, and then the microplastics being washed out in spring run-off and rainstorms to creeks, then rivers, lakes and oceans. We need to do more about the sewage sludge path.

As for how much material actually leaves in your washing machine's wash and rinse water, well, I have just done that experiment, and I hope Carleton University folks will do a detailed analysis on amounts and what was in the collected waste before the end of this month.

And I'm thinking about how to take those learnings to build a collection filter for household clothes washing machines. Stay tuned.

January 2020 - Microplastic pollution reduces animal life at the bottom of lakes (New Scientist)

January 2020 - Plastic pollution: 'Hidden' chemicals build up in seabirds (BBC News)

January 2020 - How to reduce plastic pollution by billions of bottles, in just one word: Refillables (Oceana)

January 2020 - Plastic ban coming in 2021 after report concludes there is evidence of harm (CTV News)

January 2020 - Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but scientists are still learning how it harms wildlife (The Conversation)

January 2020 - Plastic recycling: Australian engineers create a 'micro' solution (Aljazeera)

January 2020 - SunChips’ Failed Noisy Compostable Packaging Gets The Last Laugh (HuffPost)
Note the points raised by Tony Walker, a professor at Dalhousie University, in this article, including:
If you want to be a better environmentalist, [Walker] suggested to reuse more items and to avoid buying “biodegradable” products. It’s marketing, he said, they’re mostly made of petroleum-based plastic except they’re engineered to break down into infinitely smaller pieces of microplastics at a faster rate. These microplastics, which can be chipped down to the size of plankton, can get into waterways and risk being consumed by humans or marine animals.

January 2020 - The first step in managing plastic waste is measuring it – here's how we did it for one Caribbean country (The Conversation)

January 2020 - The plastics problem: Cayman contends with a regional menace (Cayman Compass)

January 2020 - Plastic pollution entangles marine life (Cayman Compass)

January 2020 - Caribbean governments legislate to restrict plastics (Cayman Compass)

January 2020 - The war on plastic won’t be easily won (The Guardian)

January 2020 - The solution to the plastic waste crisis? It isn’t recycling (The Guardian)

January 2020 - When recycling fails, how will we deal with the tonnes of plastic waste we produce? (GC)

January 2020 - Microplastics are Everywhere, but Their Health Effects on Humans are Still Unclear (Discover Magazine)

January 2020 - Majority of plastic recyclables in Halifax being turned into synthetic lumber (CBC News)

January 2020 - Welcome to Hawaii's 'plastic beach', one of the world's dirtiest places (The Guardian)

January 2020 - PSA: biodegradable plastic isn't compostable or recyclable (The Loop)

January 2020 - What really happens to plastic drink bottles you toss in your recycling bin (CBC News)

January 2020 - Student researchers make dismaying microplastics find in the Arctic Ocean (Phys.org)

January 2020 - Plastics Industry’s Greenwashing Aggravates Environmental and Health Crises (TruthOut)

December 2019 - The missing 99%: why can't we find the vast majority of ocean plastic? (The Guardian)

December 2019 - This is exactly how much plastic you eat each week—and how to avoid it (Well+Good)
"A recent study commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund found that humans consume about a credit card’s worth of plastic each week."

December 2019 - Revealed: microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers (The Guardian)

December 2019 - Ecocept recycled plastic waste sports turf a winner for Sikh temple (Radio New Zealand)

December 2019 - 5 incredible things scientists can make out of plastic waste (New Atlas)

December 2019 - Op-ed: Yes, food is grown in sewage waste. That’s a problem. (Environmental Health Network)

December 2019 - 2019 Is the Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics (WORED)

December 2019 - The Plastics Pipeline: A Surge of New Production Is on the Way (Yale Environment 360)

December 2019 - Exposed: A scientific stalemate leaves our hormones and health at risk (Environmental Health News)

December 2019 - Plastic pollution kills half a million hermit crabs on remote islands (The Guardian)

December 2019 - There's Literally a Million Times More Microplastic in Our Oceans Than We Realized (Gizmodo)

November 2019 - New Zealand airline trials edible coffee cups (thejournal.ie)

November 2019 - Four technologies tackling the problem of plastic pollution in rivers (Dezeen)

November 2019 - Microplastics found in all remote Arctic beluga whales tested: study (Toronto Star)

November 2019 - Company transforms plastic trash into innovative items (CBC News)

November 2019 - Two types of plastic pollution found in Mediterranean for first time (NewScientist)

November 2019 - Growing patch of garbage on Pacific Ocean endangering seabirds (Global News)

November 2019 - Air bubble barrier traps plastic waste in Amsterdam's canals (The Guardian)

November 2019 - Here’s What Really Happens to Recycled Plastic (Reader's Digest)

November 2019 - Simulated sunlight reveals how 98% of plastics at sea go missing each year (Phys.org)

November 2019 - Growing patch of garbage on Pacific Ocean endangering seabirds (Global News)

October 2019 - Why does the Arctic have more plastic than most places on Earth? (National Geographic)

October 2019 - BC Just Doubled The Value Of Empty Plastic Bottles To Persuade You To Recycle (Narcity)

October 2019 - New Factory That Uses Enzymes to Recycle All Plastics At Once Has the Backing of Major Corporations (Good News Network)

October 2019 - How to find the microplastics in your seafood (Verge Science [YouTube video 7 minutes 18 seconds])

October 2019 - Study co-authored by Halifax biologist suggests cargo ships dumping plastic litter (National Observer)

October 2019 - https://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/china-import-ban-waste-global-recycling-crisis-cost/ (One Green Planet)
It really is time that the western industrialized world acted like adults and cleaned up after themselves instead of relying on others to pick up after them.

October 2019 - Backstory: Mapping the world's growing plastic mountain, one bottle at a time (Reuters)

October 2019 - Tire dust is a major source of microplastics in coastal waters (Autoblog)

October 2019 - Hundreds of thousands of plastic pellets washing up on B.C. shores: environmental group (CityNews Vancouver)

October 2019 - Industrial plastic pellets spilling into Fraser River, Salish Sea: environmental group (Global News)

October 2019 - In the War Against Plastic, America Is a Big Danger (Bloomberg)

October 2019 - Microplastics may affect how Arctic sea ice forms and melts (Arctic Today)

October 2019 - Chinese cargo vessels produce most plastic garbage floating in Atlantic ocean, study finds (The National Post)

October 2019 - 'Everywhere we looked': trillions of microplastics found in San Francisco bay (The Guardian)

October 2019 - Ocean Cleaning Device Starts Collecting Plastic in Pacific Ocean (Time)
Given that booms are not very effective at containing oil or small floating items in waves or windy conditions, I remain concerned that the amount of material which will escape this device puts the value of the millions of dollars invested so far into question.

October 2019 - The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 25-year-old is finally catching trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Business Insider)
Note the article says the system is catching appreciable amounts of microplastics, which proves that a more effective device designed to capture microplastics could be deployed to good advantage on our oceans and large fresh water bodies.

September 2019 - Some tea bags may shed billions of microplastics per cup (CBC)

September 2019 - Here is a global solution to the plastic waste crisis - and A$443 million to get it started (The Conversation)

September 2019 - Microplastics may affect how Arctic sea ice forms and melts (The Conversation)

September 2019 - Stratford company doing it’s part to keep plastics out of landfills (Blackburn News)

September 2019 - Plastic bottle return scheme to 'put value back into recycling' (RNZ)

September 2019 - Over 1000 Kg Plastic Waste Found At Goa Beach During Cleanup Drive (NDTV)

September 2019 - McKenna declares war on plastic, opponents say climate policies have failed (CTV News)

September 2019 - The ocean's plastic problem is closer to home than scientists first thought (Phys.Org)

September 2019 - Plastic recycling: a guide to the myths and realities (The Guardian)

September 2019 - Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Becoming benthic (Phys.Org)

September 2019 - How can we keep takeout containers out of the trash? This restaurateur has a tasty idea (CBC)

September 2019 - Scaling back: graduate invents plastic alternative from fish waste (The Guardian)

September 2019 - Microplastics in Fresh Water Are Mostly Laundry Lint (Scientific American)

September 2019 - Most ambitious US law to tackle single-use plastics faces make-or-break moment (The Guardian)

September 2019 - Citizen science could help address Canada’s plastic pollution problem (The Conversation)

September 2019 - Drowning in plastic (Reuters)

September 2019 - Coquitlam Styrofoam recycler blames Metro Van for closure (TriCity News)

September 2019 - Why Can’t Coffee Cups Be Recycled? These Photos Show The Real Reason (HuffPost Canada)

August 2019 - Americans consume some 70,000 microplastic particles a year (Science News for Students)
From the abstract of the paper in Environmental Science and Technology:
Abstract
Microplastics are ubiquitous across ecosystems, yet the exposure risk to humans is unresolved. Focusing on the American diet, we evaluated the number of microplastic particles in commonly consumed foods in relation to their recommended daily intake. The potential for microplastic inhalation and how the source of drinking water may affect microplastic consumption were also explored. Our analysis used 402 data points from 26 studies, which represents over 3600 processed samples. Evaluating approximately 15% of Americans’ caloric intake, we estimate that annual microplastics consumption ranges from 39000 to 52000 particles depending on age and sex. These estimates increase to 74000 and 121000 when inhalation is considered. Additionally, individuals who meet their recommended water intake through only bottled sources may be ingesting an additional 90000 microplastics annually, compared to 4000 microplastics for those who consume only tap water. These estimates are subject to large amounts of variation; however, given methodological and data limitations, these values are likely underestimates.
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.9b01517

August 2019 - How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage (National Geographic)

August 2019 - Virgin plastic pellets are the biggest pollution disaster you’ve never heard of (Quartz)

August 2019 - 'Extreme' amount of microplastics discovered in the North Atlantic (CNN - 4 minute video)

August 2019 - Arctic sea ice loaded with microplastics (Phys.org)

August 2019 - The Demand for Luxury Shellfish is Polluting the Ocean with Plastic (The Conversation)

August 2019 - It's raining plastic: microscopic fibers fall from the sky in Rocky Mountains (The Guardian)

August 2019 - 'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish? (The Guardian)

August 2019 - Recycling industry calls for dollars and action after decision to end exports (The Guardian)

August 2019 - From dumpster to diesel: How a pilot project in Whitby is turning plastic waste into fuel (CBC)

August 2019 - "I don't believe we're going to clean up the oceans" says Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch (Dezeen)

August 2019 - B.C. Ferries sends robot submarine to find plastic pollution from cable ferry (Vancouver Sun)

August 2019 - Avoiding Plastic Is Hard. Here's How 9 People Aim For Progress, Not Perfection (mbgplanet)

August 2019 - New Concerns Raised by Opponents Delay Wanhua’s $1.25 Billion Plastic Complex in Louisiana (DESMOG)

August 2019 - Patagonia's Latest Black Hole Bags Were Made from Recycling 10 Million Plastic Bottles (HypeBeast)

August 2019 - Freshwater is getting neglected when it comes to plastic pollution research (Environmental Health News)

August 2019 - Freshwater is getting neglected when it comes to plastic pollution research (Environmental Health News)

July 2019 - Paddling in plastic: meet the man swimming the Pacific garbage patch (The Guardian)

July 2019 - Less Trash, More Schools — One Plastic Brick at a Time (New York Times)

July 2019 - Award for teen Titan who may rid sea of microplastics (Irish Examiner)

July 2019 - Waste Only - How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World (The Intercept)

July 2019 - As plastics foul the world’s oceans, world leaders struggle over how to respond (Washington Post)

July 2019 - Burnside parking lot partially paved with plastic (CBC News)

July 2019 - Plastics recycler frustrated by government disinterest (Brockville Recorder & Times)

July 2019 - City of Brandon stops recycling a certain type of plastic (Global News)

July 2019 - The Plastics Backlash has Some Oil Giants Worried (Rigzone)

July 2019 - This Hurricane Proof House Made From 612,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Can Withstand 326 MPH Winds (Gizmodo)

July 2019 - Are washing machines to blame for Auckland's microplastic scourge? (New Zealand Herald)

July 2019 - Micro-plastics are entering the human body and are dangerous to human health (FirstPost)

July 2019 - A plastic-free cup could solve the coffee industry's waste problem (National Observer)

July 2019 - Japan faces an uphill battle to reduce plastic consumption (Japan Times)

July 2019 - How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic (Wired)

July 2019 - US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries. (The Guardian)

July 2019 - P.E.I. becomes the first province to ban plastic bags (CTV News)

July 2019 - https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/02/greek-fishermen-paid-to-collect-rubbish-caught-from-the-sea-for-recycling (Euro News)

July 2019 - Environmentalists removed more than 40 tons of trash from the Pacific -- and it barely made a dent (CNN)

July 2019 - Drowning in a sea of plastic (Bangkok Post)

June 2019 - Microplastic pollution and wet wipe ‘reefs’ are changing the River Thames ecosystem (The Conversation)

June 2019 - Provinces agree on national zero plastic waste plan (The Star)
This isn't a plan. It's a fantasy wish list, and an incomplete list of action items. Already 3 provinces have expressed oppostion to even this sketch of a framework. So, contrary to the headline; not a plan and the provinces don't agree.

June 2019 - Bird spotted feeding chick cigarette butt in 'heartbreaking' image (The Mirror)
Most cigarette filters are made primarily of cellulose acetate - a plastic - so essentially indestructible in the environment.

June 2019 - ‘Red carpet of pollution’ laid out for environment ministers’ meetings in Halifax (Global News)

June 2019 - This house was built using 600,000 recycled plastic bottles (CBC News)

June 2019 - P.E.I. businesses getting ready to switch out plastic bags (CBC News)

June 2019 - Japan, a Big Plastic User, Fights Waste Ahead of the G-20 Summit (Time)

June 2019 - Plastic waste is choking India: Monetary incentives to waste pickers and an environmental tax on plastics can stem the problem (The Times of India)

June 2019 - Marine biologist offers Montreal festivals an alternative to single-use water bottles (CBC News)

June 2019 - These corals choose to eat plastic over food (National Geographic)

June 2019 - Plastic trash is evolving into new types of rocks (Weather Network)

June 2019 - The North Face and National Geographic are making clothes from plastic water bottles (Treehugger)

June 2019 - Ocean Voyages Institute Removes 40 Tons of Plastic, including5-Ton Ghost Net (Ocean Voyages Institute)

June 2019 - Never gonna give you up: how plastic seduced America (The Guardian)

June 2019 - Great Pacific garbage patch: giant plastic trap put to sea again (The Guardian)

June 2019 - This giant vacuum is designed to suck up plastic from the beach (Fast Company)

June 2019 - How plastic pollution is contributing to climate change (Weather Network)

June 2019 - 7 ways for cities to slash plastic pollution (GreenBiz)

June 2019 - Plastic waste as a resource, how design can shape intelligent (re)use (Lifegate)

June 2019 - Trash Printer Directly Uses Recycled Plastics (Hackaday)

June 2019 - River Mersey is more polluted than the 'great Pacific garbage patch' as study shows every river in the UK contains microplastic (Daily Mail)

June 2019 - Plastic waste swamping UK rivers, with one waterway more polluted than Great Pacific Garbage Patch, report says (The Independent)

June 2019 - We know plastic is harming our oceans… but what is it doing to our health? (The Telegraph)

June 2019 - Reimagining Plastic: Turning Waste into Products (Aljazeera)

June 2019 - Plastic pollution and the climate crisis are symptoms of the same disease (CBC News)

June 2019 - Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America's dirty secret ? (The Guardian)

June 2019 - Is that my plastic bag in the Mariana Trench? (Maclean's)

June 2019 - Expanding bottle deposits would divert 118,000 tonnes from Ontario landfills, study says (The Star)

June 2019 - A simple online system that could end plastic pollution (BBC)

June 2019 - How Plastic Bottles Are Paying For School In Nigeria (NDTV)

June 2019 - The massive plastic-cleaning device in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch probably won't hurt sea creatures — but there's still a big problem to sort out (Business Insider)

June 2019 - Average person swallows plastic equivalent to a credit card every week, report finds (The Telegraph)

June 2019 - As more developing countries reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at home (GreenBiz)

June 2019 - The world's plastic pollution crisis explained (National Geographic)

June 2019 - Fines, jail time and education: How other nations deal with plastic waste (The Star - Vancouver)

June 2019 - Mediterranean plastic pollution hotspots highlighted in report (BBC News)

June 2019 - More plastic pollution is swirling in the deep ocean than in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a new study has found (Business Insider)

June 2019 - We Were Missing Most of the Plastic in the Ocean (The Atlantic)

June 2019 - Here’s how much plastic you might be eating every day (Global News)

June 2019 - NREL scientists have a plan to fight ocean plastic: Upcycle it into something valuable (Colorado Sun)

June 2019 - People eat at least 50,000 plastic particles a year, study finds (The Gurardian)

June 2019 - Plastic producers urged to take responsibility for "nurdle" pollution (New Scientist)

June 2019 - The Backlash to Plastic Has Oil Companies Worried (Bloomberg)

June 2019 - Improving Canada's recycling output will take 'radical changes': report (CTV News)

June 2019 - Scary Facts About Plastic Pollution That'll Make You Rethink Your Habits (India Times)

June 2019 - Elise Stolte: Recycling as we know it failed. Edmonton seeks new approach before reinvesting (Edmonton Journal)

June 2019 - Plastic pollution in Severn estuary a 'crying shame' (BBC News)

June 2019 - Research group finds way to turn plastic waste products into jet fuel (Phys.Org)

June 2019 - Plastic industry major economic driver in Canada — far greater than recycling: report (Global News)

June 2019 - Parley for the Oceans finds large amount of plastic along prime city beach (CBC)

June 2019 - Plastic bags will now be accepted at New Brunswick redemption centres (CBC)

June 2019 - Moncton moves to restrict distribution of single-use plastic bags (CBC)

June 2019 - Poland Spring to use 100% recycled plastic for bottles (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

June 2019 - Wooden beer bottles and paper straws -- Japan shifts from plastic (Nikkei Asian Review)

June 2019 - New styrofoam densifier introduces new way to recycle (Blackburn News)

May 2019 - Good Job, Humans: Bees Are Making Nests Entirely Out of Plastic (Vice)

May 2019 - Plastic poisons ocean bacteria propping up the marine food chain (Phys.Org)

May 2019 - What Adidas and Parley are doing for the oceans (TreeHugger)

May 2019 - Ford recycles 1.2 billion plastic bottles a year for auto parts (CNBC)

May 2019 - We're All Recycling Wrong, So Companies Are Finally Trying To Make It Easier (Huffington Post)
Yes, we have used Trex plastic composite deck boards, and are very pleased with them.

May 2019 - ‘Can we save recycling?’ (News Tribune)

May 2019 - This reusable mug is made from recycled coffee cups (Fast Company)

May 2019 - New Indiana plant could have your trucks and tractors running on plastic bottles, bags and toys (Indianapolis Star)

May 2019 - Disposable plastic banned from 2021 (The Portugal News)

May 2019 - Sperm counts are on the decline – could plastics be to blame? (The Guardian)

May 2019 - A Norwegian Tech Company Is Solving the Plastic Recycling Crisis (Barron's)

May 2019 - Students Invent Bacteria That Eat Plastic From The Oceans And Turn It Into Water (Blogspot)

May 2019 - Humanity Is Drowning in Plastic (Jacobin)

May 2019 - B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed (Jacobin)

May 2019 - City's recycling cost to increase after too much 'crap' put into bins (Winnipeg Free Press)

May 2019 - Sweeping New Report on Global Environmental Impact of Plastics Reveals Severe Damage to Climate (CIEL)

May 2019 - Plastic Pollution Harms Ocean Bacteria That Produce 10 Percent of Earth's Oxygen (EcoWatch)

May 2019 - 414 million pieces of plastic found on remote island group in Indian Ocean (The Guardian)

May 2019 - Producers could soon foot the bill for recycling costs in Ontario (Kitchener Today)

May 2019 - Reduce, reuse, recycle, rejected: Why Canada’s recycling industry is in crisis mode (Globe & Mail)

May 2019 - These Three Plastic Recycling Myths Will Blow Your Mind (Forbes)

May 2019 - The hidden army of volunteers putting Britain's politicians to shame by recycling the rubbish councils send straight to landfill (The Independent)

May 2019 - City of Calgary considers municipal role on single-use plastics (Global News)

May 2019 - Greenpeace Slams Tim Hortons' New Recyclable Coffee Lids (Vice)

May 2019 - Tiny towns on B.C.'s West Coast may be first in province to ban plastic straws (CTV)

May 2019 - IKEA Canada has officially phased out all single-use plastic straws (Daily Hive)

May 2019 - Increasing deposit fees may not be answer to improving recycling; Return-it CEO (CityNews 1130)
Curiously, the article content doesn't actually support the headline.

April 2019 - Aspergillus tubingensis: a bio-remediation of Plastic (Technology Times)

April 2019 - Niagara-On-The-Lake councillor to broach plastic waste issue (Niagara Falls Review)

April 2019 - Early ocean plastic litter traced to 1960s (BBC)

April 2019 - Activists Deliver Giant Trash Monsters to Nestlé Headquarters to Protest Plastic Pollution (Gizmodo)

April 2019 - Sea sick: Plastic garbage in the North Atlantic Ocean skyrocketing (USA Today)

April 2019 - What's happened to all the plastic rubbish in the Indian Ocean? (Phys.org)

April 2019 - There’s no ‘garbage patch’ in the Southern Indian Ocean, so where does all the rubbish go? (The Conversation)

April 2019 - Morgan Stanley Seeks to Finance Global Cleanup of Plastic Trash (Bloomberg)

April 2019 - Alarm as study shows how microplastics are blown across the world (The Guardian)

April 2019 - Microplastics are being glued together in the ocean by bacteria making them big enough to see with the naked eye, scientists find (The Telegraph)

April 2019 - B.C.'s Maritime Museum highlights shame of Great Pacific Garbage Patch (CBC)

April 2019 - Chevron Phillips to report plastic pellet spills, shareholder says (Houston Chronicle)

April 2019 - Drinks bottles now biggest plastic menace for waterways – report (The Guardian)

April 2019 - Plastic patrol: 'You name it, I've seen it' (BBC)

April 2019 - After China's import ban, where to with the world's waste? (DW)

April 2019 - After China's import ban, where to with the world's waste? (DW)

April 2019 - Can plastic made from seaweed solve ocean pollution? (CTV News)

April 2019 - The massive ocean-cleanup device invented by a 24-year-old broke down in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Business Insider)

March 2019 - Scientists found microplastics inside creatures from the deepest parts of the ocean (Business Insider)

March 2019 - 'Just bag after bag after bag': 40 kg of plastic found in dead whale's stomach (CBC)

March 2019 - As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling (New York Times)

March 2019 - These 4 companies produce 6 million tons of plastic every year (CBS News)

March 2019 - Piling Up: How China’s Ban on Importing Waste Has Stalled Global Recycling (Yale E360)

March 2019 - EXCLUSIVE: Dump the habit of plastics (The Nation)

February 2019 - Plastic is toxic at every stage of its life cycle (treehugger)

February 2019 - Gomi portable speakers are made from non-recyclable plastic waste (dezeen)

February 2019 - Five Melbourne councils forced to dump recycling in landfill as Victoria crisis deepens (The Guardian)

February 2019 - Quebec municipal leaders want deposit-return system expanded to wine and water bottles (Montreal Gazette)

February 2019 - A Crowdfunded Idea to Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now a $35-Million Nonprofit. Scientists Still Don't Think It'll Work (Gizmodo)

February 2019 - Millions of tons of plastic waste could be turned into clean fuels, other products (Phys.Org)

February 2019 - Scientists Turn Plastic Waste Into Useful Products (Interesting Engineering)

February 2019 - Colchester County's plastic-lumber maker thrives on recycled grocery bags (The Chronicle Herald)

February 2019 - The major source of ocean plastic pollution you’ve probably never heard of (The Conversation)

February 2019 - Microplastics found in every marine mammal surveyed in UK study (The Guardian)

February 2019 - Islanders tackle plastic waste problem in 'Waves of Change' public forum (CBC)

February 2019 - Our Big Microplastic Survey is helping people do something about plastic pollution (The Conversation)

February 2019 - From paradise to landfill: beloved California beach covered in trash (The Guardian)

February 2019 - A Grand Plan to Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (The New Yorker)

January 2019 - Greenpeace ships are setting sail to tackle the global plastic pollution crisis

January 2019 - Here’s what happens to our plastic recycling when it goes offshore (The Conversation (Australia)

January 2019 - EU proposes ban on 90% of microplastic pollutants (The Guardian)

January 2019 - Walmart commits to reducing plastic waste (Canadian Grocer)

January 2019 - 'We Can't Recycle Our Way Out of This Problem': Ben & Jerry's Bans Single-Use Plastics (EcoWatch)

January 2019 - 'Zero-waste' Loop delivers Coke and Häagen-Dazs in reusable packaging (Engadget)

January 2019 - Is there any point in recycling? (The Conversation)

January 2019 - Microplastics Discovered in Key Drinking Water Source (Gizmodo)

January 2019 - Samsung ditches plastic packaging for more sustainable materials (GSM Arena)

January 2019 - Microplastics in Arctic sea ice should concern everybody (Arctic Today)

January 2019 - Environmental group takes on single-use plastics in Lunenburg (CBC)

January 2019 - WWF International's director-generaI: If you’re recycling plastic, you’re fooling yourself (Yahoo! Finance)

January 2019 - CBRM storing 300 tonnes of film plastic one year after China’s import ban (Cape Breton Post)

January 2019 - Big Plastic Trash Plan Is Just a Drop in the Polluted Ocean (Bloomberg)

January 2019 - Experts warned this floating garbage collector wouldn’t work. The ocean proved them right. (Washington Post)

January 2019 - A running list of action on plastic pollution (National Geographic)

January 2019 - Malaysia is floundering in a sea of American plastic (treehugger)

December 2018 - The Ocean Cleanup Experiences Structural Malfunction (The Maritime Executive)

December 2018 - Great Pacific garbage patch $20m cleanup fails to collect plastic (The Guardian)

December 2018 - Plastic pollution discovered at deepest point of ocean (The Guardian)

December 2018 - The massive ocean cleanup device invented by a 24-year-old is running into problems in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Business Insider)

December 2018 - B.C. MP celebrates 'tremendous' victory as plastics pollution motion passes House (CBC)

December 2018 - Microplastics are hurting snails' ability to evade predators (Treehugger)

December 2018 - Plastic in the Ocean: Billions of Microplastic Nanoparticles Found in Scallop Intestines in Just Hours (Newsweek)

December 2018 - Microplastics found in guts of every species of sea turtle across world (Independent)

November 2018 - Environment and Climate Change Canada – Plastics Challenge – Construction Waste (Carleton University)

October 2018 - In a first, microplastics found in human poop (The Telegraph)

October 2018 - Paradise lost: The Caribbean island drowning in waste and the painstaking battle to clean it up (National Geographic)

October 2018 - Nestlé, Tim Hortons named Canada's top plastic polluters (CBC News)

October 2018 - Plastic Waste in the World's Oceans Could Double by 2030 (Bloomberg)

September 2018 - Halifax G7 meeting to promote ocean plastics charter: McKenna

September 2018 - How 'greener' plastic packaging became a problem — and how to fix it (CBC News)

September 2018 - The world may be entering the 'plastic age' because of level of waste, leading academic warns (The Telegraph)

September 2018 - Shocking Sea of Plastic and Styrofoam Captured in Pictures from Caribbean

September 2018 - A Running List of Action on Plastic Pollution (National Geographic)

September 2018 - A 600-metre-long plastic catcher heads to sea (National Observer)

August 2018 - Arctic Council eyes action plan to reduce Arctic marine litter, microplastics (Arctic Today)

August 2018 - How flushed contact lenses add to microplastic pollution in waterways (CBC News)

August 2018 - American Beauties

August 2018 - Tons of plastic trash enter the Great Lakes every year – where does it go? (The Conversation)

August 2018 - Everyday plastics quietly pollute the air as they degrade: study (Global News)

August 2018 - Plastic pollution: How one woman found a new source of warming gases hidden in waste (BBC News)

July 2018 - All-you-can-eat landfill buffet spells trouble for birds (The Conversation)

July 2018 - The Latest: San Francisco bans plastic straws, stirrers (Associated Press)

July 2018 - Why you shouldn’t be a ‘straw-man’ environmentalist (The Conversation)

July 2018 - Plastic Pollution: The Search for a Sustainable Solution

July 2018 - Federal agency partners with plastic-zapping microwave company from Montreal (National Observer)

July 2018 - New Zealand the most perilous place for seabirds due to plastic pollution (The Guardian)

July 2018 - Starbucks says it will replace plastic straws in stores globally with ones made from other materials by 2020 (CBC News)

July 2018 - How to clean up our universal plastic tragedy (The Conversation)

July 2018 - Stop Sucking, And Help Save Our Planet (Huffington Post)

July 2018 - Swiss Chalet, Harvey's parent Recipe Unlimited to phase out plastic straws at its 19 brands by 2019 (Financial Post)

July 2018 - More Recycling Won't Solve Plastic Pollution (Scientific American blog)

July 2018 - Humans, fish and other animals are consuming microfibers in our food and water

July 2018 - Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic

June 2018 - Here’s Something to Think About the Next Time You Grab a Plastic Straw (Mother Jones article)

May 2018 - A&W Canada first restaurant chain in North America to eliminate plastic straws (Newswire media release)

April 2018 - The Last Straw Initiative (Toronto)

April 2018 - Beyond our oceans: Microplastics pollute rivers and lakes too (The Conversation)

April 2018 - Arctic sea ice jammed with plastics from Pacific garbage patch (CBC News)

April 2018 - Plastic pollution: Arctic sea ice contains huge quantity of microplastics, reveals new analysis (The Independent)

April 2018 - Piloting a Plastics Pollution Revolution

April 2018 - Why products marked 'recyclable' sometimes aren't (CBC News)

Plastic Resin Idenification Codes Resin identification codes, which resemble the recycling symbol, are used only to differentiate between types of plastics; they are not meant to communicate an environmental claim. (Alberta Plastics Recycling Association)

April 2018 - 'We need to rethink the entire plastics industry': Why banning plastic straws isn't enough (CBC News)

April 2018 - Growing Concern over Plastic Pollution in Rivers and Lakes (Maritime Executive)

April 2018 - Plastic Menace: Millions of Pounds Pollute Great Lakes (2 minute video - NBC News))

April 2018 - (Solid Waste Association of North America) SWANA to Focus on Plastic Reduction, Recycling

April 2018 - The battle to ban plastic bags (Phys.org)

April 2018 - Plastic debris found in tap water, beer, and sea salt (Treehugger)

April 2018 - Are You Drinking Plastic (CBC Marketplace) (video 23 minutes)

April 2018 - Microplastics Litter the Ocean, but What about Freshwater and Land? (LabManager e-magazine article)

April 2018 - Study Determines the Presence of Microplastic Particles in Organic Fertilizers (AZoCleantech e-magazine article)

April 2018 - Microplastics: Every Meal You Eat May Contain More Than 100 Pieces of Plastic, New Study Finds (Newsweek e-magazine article and video 2.5 minutes)

March 2018 - Tackling microplastic pollution in Europe's rivers (Euronews on-line article)

March 2018 - Microplastic pollution in world’s oceans poses major threat to filter-feeding megafauna (MongaBay on-line article)

March 2018 - WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water (The Guardian on-line article)

March 2018 - Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists (The Guardian on-line article)

March 2018 - Canada to push for ambitious ‘plastics charter’ at G7, Environment Minister McKenna says

March 2018 - Krill can digest ocean plastics: 'That is certainly not good news at all'

February 2018 - An international plastics treaty could avert a “Silent Spring” for our seas

January 2018 - Ten ‘stealth microplastics’ to avoid if you want to save the oceans (The Conversation)

January 2018 - [Link has bit-rotted: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Press-Center/2018/Canada-will-push-G7-partners-to-sign--no-plastics-pledge-to-save-the-oceans/] Canada will push G7 partners to sign no plastics pledge to save the oceans

December 2017 - UN resolves to end ocean plastic waste

November 2017 - The future of plastics: reusing the bad and encouraging the good

November 2017 - 'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem

July 2017 - Plastic Garbage Patch Bigger Than Mexico Found in Pacific

June 2017 - Plastic Pollutants Pervade Water and Land

May 2017 - The Ocean Is Filling Up With 'Plastic Smog'

May 2017 - How an Uninhabited Island Got the World’s Highest Density of Trash

May 2017 - Plastic paradise: The shocking extent of ocean waste

February 2017 - From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish

December 2016 - Plastic Island: How our throwaway culture is turning paradise into a graveyard

October 2016 - 'Great Pacific garbage patch' far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows

October 2016 - Plastics Marine Litter and the Circular Economy

December 2015 - An Investment Opportunity In Trash

February 2015 - How much are we trashing our oceans?

January 2015 - Ocean Trash: 5.25 Trillion Pieces and Counting, but Big Questions Remain

December 2014 - 5 Trillion Pieces of Ocean Trash Found, But Fewer Particles Than Expected

June 2014 - Plastic waste causes $13 billion in annual damage to marine ecosystems, says UN agency

September 2012 - Plastic Oceans

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