India bans many single-use plastics to tackle waste
The country generates around four million tonnes of plastic waste per year, about a third of which is not recycled and ends up in waterways and landfills that regularly catch fire and exacerbate air pollution.
Is Malaysia on track for a circular economy for plastic?
A circular economy envisions the responsible management, recovery and reuse of resources to their full potential.
Global plastic use and waste on track to triple by 2060
Some 460 million tonnes of plastics were used in 2019, twice as much as 20 years earlier.
Scientists find microplastics in blood for first time
Half of the blood samples showed traces of PET plastic, widely used to make drink bottles, while more than a third had polystyrene, used for disposable food containers and many other products.
Only 9% of plastic recycled worldwide, says global economic body
A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report found that 460 million tonnes of plastics were used in 2019, the number nearly doubling since 2000.
UN plans to drastically expand plastic waste management in India
The UNDP programme, which began in 2018, has so far collected 83,000 metric tonne of plastic waste.
US is world’s biggest plastic polluter, report finds
On average, every American generates 130kg of plastic waste per year, with Britain next on the list at 99kg per person per year, followed by South Korea at 88kg per year.
Plastics from burning ship cover Sri Lanka beach
Navy personnel in hazmat suits have been sent to clean millions of plastic granules mixed with burned oil and other residue that covered Negombo beach, 40km north of the capital.
Pandemic mask mountain sets new recycling challenge
Around 129 billion disposable masks are used every month around the world, according to the American Chemical Society.
Plastic bag charge won’t cut it, says activist in anti-pollution push
A more effective approach would be a holistic one targeted at enforcing alternative delivery systems based on re-use and refill.