PFPW.NEWS – April 23, 2020

~   Congressional Funding for Recycling Infrastructure Summarized
~   Removal of Microplastics from Wastewater and Sewage Sludge applied to Agricultural Land – United Nations Study Underway

Congressional Funding for Recycling Infrastructure Summarized 
– According to an April 17, 2020 WasteDive story  “… Recycling advocates and trade organizations are hopeful the next major federal stimulus package addressing impacts from the new coronavirus will include their sector … The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) shared its five-point proposal for the stimulus with Waste Dive, which includes a call for ‘incentives for the private sector to increase domestic recycling infrastructure’ and argues manufacturers need access to recycled materials in order to meet demand for ‘basic goods and emergency supplies.’ The Recycling Partnership (TRP)  and others also propose $100 million be included in the next stimulus package to bolster recycling …” #Recycling #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging #PlasticWaste

Removal of Microplastics from Wastewater and Sewage Sludge applied to Agricultural Land– United Nations Study Underway 
– On March 20, 2020, the UN Environment Program announced that a study is underway, tentatively titled: “Assessing available technologies and providing a toolkit of options of technologies to remove plastic, microplastic and microfibres from wastewater and sludge” – In announcing the forthcoming study, UNEP notes that “… Over time, plastic products tend to shed smaller particles through natural weathering processes, creating microplastics, defined as less than 5mm in size … They have been identified in the intestinal tract of zooplankton, river-bed organisms, and mussels. They can result in gut blockage and starvation … In Europe and North America, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of microplastics are added to soils annually through sewage sludge …” – The report is expected to be released within 4 to 10 months …” #MicroPlastics #FoodPackaging #PlasticPackaging #SingleUsePlastic