The ‘recycling crisis’ may be here to stay – Australia

Over the weekend, Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority issued notices for a major recycling company to stop receiving waste at two of its sites. While the full consequences of these notices are yet to be realised, in the short term this means at least one council will have to dump kerbside recycling in landfill. However, the […]

Breaking down bioplastics myths, realities

Source Article Ask any 10 people what bioplastics are, and the odds are that nine will get it wrong. In the past, misunderstandings and misconceptions about bioplastics have tended to color the perception of these materials in the market, and these prejudices are still evident even today. Feedstock, supply and processability concerns, coupled with a […]

Here’s what happens to our plastic recycling when it goes offshore – Australia

Source:  The Conversation Last year many Australians were surprised to learn that around half of our plastic waste collected for recycling is exported, and up to 70% was going to China. So much of the world’s plastic was being sent to China that China imposed strict conditions on further imports. The decision sent ripples around […]

New bill aims to ban plastic bags and straws at Florida businesses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A South Florida lawmaker wants to ban plastic bags and straws. 🌴 SPECIAL COVERAGE: Protecting Paradise 🌴 State Sen. Kevin Rader, a Democrat whose district represents parts of Palm Beach and Broward Counties, filed the bill last Thursday, which is titled “Prohibition of Plastic Carryout Bags and Straws.” It would ban stores […]

Why BioGone does not use compostable materials

Source After finishing off your morning coffee, you stop by the trash and recycling bins to dispose of your plastic cup. That’s when you see the words “compostable plastic” printed on the side of the cup. Standing there, you can’t help but wonder, “Which bin do I drop this in?” Unfortunately, the answer isn’t so simple. […]

EU backs ban on plastic straws, balloon sticks | Bangkok Post: news

BRUSSELS: EU countries on Wednesday backed the outlawing of certain single-use plastics, bringing the bloc a step closer to an outright ban on the products which account for huge quantities of waste in the world’s oceans. Source: EU backs ban on plastic straws, balloon sticks | Bangkok Post: news The approval by the 28 member […]

NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground – New Zealand

Our plastic is becoming Malaysia’s problem – Nita Blake-Persen investigates what really happens to the waste we’re shipping overseas to be recycled. Source: NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground | RNZ As night falls in Malaysia, plumes of toxic smoke begin to waft across the across the town of Jenjarom. Nearby residents wake to the smell […]

NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground | RNZ

Our plastic is becoming Malaysia’s problem – Nita Blake-Persen investigates what really happens to the waste we’re shipping overseas to be recycled. Source: NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground | RNZ

California Bans Plastic Straws in Restaurants, But Exempts Fast Food

California bans restaurants from routinely handing out plastic straws, but exempts fast-food outlets. Source: California Bans Plastic Straws in Restaurants, But Exempts Fast Food | Fortune California, the nation’s most populous state, joins a growing list of places to ban single-use plastic straws that’s accelerated as compostable and biodegradable alternatives have emerged. Seattle implemented the […]

Meet the researchers designing the death of plastic – USA

Source: Meet the researchers designing the death of plastic While still very much in the laboratory stage, even these scientists acknowledge that there are two big stumbling blocks here. What is the plastic going to break down to when it degrades so fast?  Do we want all these degradation materials blowing and flowing around the […]

The Summer of Plastic-Straw Bans: How We Got There – USA

The story of how plastic straws went from ubiquitous to utensil non grata is one of psychology, a well-timed turtle and the power of social media. There has also been minimal industry pushback. Source: The Summer of Plastic-Straw Bans: How We Got There Great to see so many places replace the plastic straw.  There are […]

McDonald’s plan to ditch plastic straws by 2020 – Australia

A familiar sight at your local Maccas is on the way out, with the fast food giant planning to roll out the change in 970 restaurants nationwide. Source: McDonald’s plan to ditch plastic straws by 2020 Australians will soon be slurping their McDonald’s thickshakes through paper straws after the company announced it would phase out […]