Plastic Waste – USAID Launches “Save Our Seas Initiative”

In a June 22, 2022 news release https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/jun-22-2022-usaid-announces-save-our-seas-initiative the US Agency for International Development (USAID) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Agency_for_International_Development launched a “… new flagship initiative to combat ocean plastic pollution globally—the Save Our Seas Initiative. The initiative will include $62.5 million in initial funding and will launch 14 new country and regional programs in key countries and regionsContinue reading “Plastic Waste – USAID Launches “Save Our Seas Initiative””

Plastic Waste/Microplastics/Food Waste/Recycling – EPA Seeks Research Grant Funding Proposals from Small Businesses

A June 15, 2022, update to the EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Funding site https://www.epa.gov/sbir/sbir-funding-opportunities advises that grant funding applications from small businesses are sought in several topics areas, including: “… Clean Technologies to process, sort and identify microplastics; In-stream aquatic trash capture technologies … Innovative technologies that help consumers prevent food wasteContinue reading “Plastic Waste/Microplastics/Food Waste/Recycling – EPA Seeks Research Grant Funding Proposals from Small Businesses”

Microplastics – Presence in Digestive System of Migratory Birds Reported

The abstract of a September 10, 2022 Science of The Total Environment article https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.155827 by researchers with Loyola University Chicago “… examines the abundance and types of microplastic (MP) content in the digestive system of different bird species … The lower GI tracts of six bird species (Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla), Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis),Continue reading “Microplastics – Presence in Digestive System of Migratory Birds Reported”

Plastic Waste – Canada’s Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations to be Published on June 23

In a June 20, 2022 news release https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2022/06/canadas-comprehensive-approach-to-zero-plastic-waste.html the government of Canada announced its approach to Zero Plastic Waste and that its Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/canadian-environmental-protection-act-registry/publications/single-use-plastics-prohibition-regulations.html will be published on June 23 – “… Other key elements of Canada’s approach toward reducing plastic pollution include establishing performance standards to increase the use of recycled contentContinue reading “Plastic Waste – Canada’s Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations to be Published on June 23”

Advanced Recycling – New Hampshire Legislation Enacted

A June 17, 2022 American Chemistry Council news release https://www.americanchemistry.com/chemistry-in-america/news-trends/press-release/2022/new-hampshire-becomes-19th-state-and-first-in-new-england-to-pass-advanced-recycling-law announced that that day the New Hampshire governor https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-and-media/governor-chris-sununu-statement-sb-367 signed into law Senate Bill 367 “… AN ACT relative to the regulatory status of advanced recycling and manufacturing facilities …” – The text of the bill is here: https://trackbill.com/bill/new-hampshire-senate-bill-367-relative-to-the-regulatory-status-of-advanced-recycling-and-manufacturing-facilities/2178625/ – ACC noted that “… NewContinue reading “Advanced Recycling – New Hampshire Legislation Enacted”

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) – SEC Proposes Standardized ESG Reporting Requirements

A June 15, 2022 Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP news release https://www.faegredrinker.com/en/insights/publications/2022/6/sec-proposes-esg-disclosure-requirements-for-investment-companies-to-combat-greenwashing advises that the “… In a three-to-one vote on May 25, 2022 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ( SEC) proposed amendments to rules and reporting forms … that would require registered investment companies and business development companies to provide standardized environmental, socialContinue reading “Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) – SEC Proposes Standardized ESG Reporting Requirements”

Recycling, Reuse, Prevention and Education – EPA Seeks Comments on $375 Million Grant Program

A June 8, 2022 EPA news release https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-harris-administration-and-epa-announce-375-million-funding-bipartisan advises that the Agency is seeking public comment by July 25 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/06/09/2022-12458/recycling-education-and-outreach-grant-program-and-model-recycling-program-toolkit-request-for on “… a Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grant program, a Recycling Education and Outreach grant program, a Model Recycling Program toolkit … [and] best practices for battery collection, recycling, and labeling guidelines … EPAContinue reading “Recycling, Reuse, Prevention and Education – EPA Seeks Comments on $375 Million Grant Program”

Microplastics – Toxicity Data Available in Database “ToMEx”

The abstract of a May 28, 2022 Microplastics and Nanoplastics article https://microplastics.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s43591-022-00032-4 by international  researchers led by the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project reports that “… Throughout the past decade, many studies have reported adverse effects in biota following microplastic exposure. Yet, the field is still emerging as the current understanding of microplastic toxicityContinue reading “Microplastics – Toxicity Data Available in Database “ToMEx””

Plastic Waste – Polystyrene Degradation by Superworms Reported

The abstract of a June 9, 2022, Microbial Genomics article https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/mgen/10.1099/mgen.0.000842 by researchers with Australia The University of Queensland reports that “… we assessed changes in the gut microbiome of superworms (Zophobas morio) reared on bran, polystyrene or under starvation conditions over a 3 weeks period. Superworms on all diets were able to complete theirContinue reading “Plastic Waste – Polystyrene Degradation by Superworms Reported”

Recycling – Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Recycling Coalition Formed

A June 8, 2022, The Recycling Partnership news release https://recyclingpartnership.org/pet-recycling-coalition/ announced “… the launch of its PET Recycling Coalition, an initiative informed by industry knowledge and expertise to improve PET … circularity. Its work will focus on …: Increasing the capture of PET bottles: Broadening the acceptance of PET trays, cups, and clamshells in community recycling collection programs;Continue reading “Recycling – Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Recycling Coalition Formed”