Microplastics – Transport between Surface Water and Riverbed Sediment Studied

The abstract of a January 12, 2022, Science Advances article https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abi9305 by researchers with UK University of Birmingham, US Northwestern University and US Loyola University Chicago reports that “… To better understand microplastic dynamics in global rivers from headwaters to mainstems, we developed a model that includes hyporheic exchange processes, i.e., transport between surface waterContinue reading “Microplastics – Transport between Surface Water and Riverbed Sediment Studied”

Microplastics – Presence on Norway Islands Studied

The abstract of a September 15, 2021 Science of The Total Environment article https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147547 by researchers with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology reports that “…studies of how … [plastic waste] affects terrestrial environments such as islands are not as common … Plastic litter is being collected from wilderness areas through beach-cleanups by volunteers,Continue reading “Microplastics – Presence on Norway Islands Studied”

Microplastic – Detection Method for Presence in Water under Development

A January 11, 2022 joint Triple Ring Technologies and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) news release https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/triple-ring-technologies-and-woods-hole-oceanographic-institution-collaborate-on-microplastic-sensing-in-water-with-epa-grant-301457917.html reports that they “… are collaborating to fill an unmet need in environmental sensing – providing a fieldable, portable microplastic sensor that quantifies the number of plastic particles in water … There is an urgent need for such measurementContinue reading “Microplastic – Detection Method for Presence in Water under Development”

Recycling – New Jersey Legislature Sends “Recycled Content” Bill to Governor for Signature

On January 10, 2022, the New Jersey legislature approved for consideration by the governor a bill https://legiscan.com/NJ/bill/A4676/2020 that would establish “… postconsumer recycled content requirements for rigid plastic containers, glass containers, paper and plastic carryout bags, and plastic trash bags; prohibits sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging …” – The text of the bill isContinue reading “Recycling – New Jersey Legislature Sends “Recycled Content” Bill to Governor for Signature”

Single Use Plastic – DoE Funds Seven Plastic Waste Conversion Projects

On January 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-invests-134-million-combat-plastic-waste-reduce-plastic-industry-emissions announced “… funding for next generation plastics technologies that reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of single-use plastics …” – The projects will “…  develop infinitely recyclable single-polymer chemistry bio-based multilayer films … develop a closed loop upcycling of single-use plastic films toContinue reading “Single Use Plastic – DoE Funds Seven Plastic Waste Conversion Projects”

Microplastics – Movement in Maryland Eastern Shore Waterways to be Studied

A January 5, 2022, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science news release https://www.umces.edu/news/new-study-tracks-microplastics-in-watershed reports that the Center has been awarded “… two-year NOAA Marine Debris Program … [to] track how microplastics move through the Choptank River watershed … The project studies the fate and transport of microplastics, providing a baseline of understanding of whatContinue reading “Microplastics – Movement in Maryland Eastern Shore Waterways to be Studied”

Plastic Waste – National Academies Report “Reckoning with the U.S. Role in Global Ocean Plastic Waste” Available

On January 6, 2022, the National Academies Ocean Studies Board advised that its Consensus Study Report, titled “Reckoning with the U.S. Role in Global Ocean Plastic Waste” https://www.nap.edu/catalog/26132/reckoning-with-the-us-role-in-global-ocean-plastic-waste is available to order and to read free online: “… An estimated 8 million metric tons (MMT) of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean each year –Continue reading “Plastic Waste – National Academies Report “Reckoning with the U.S. Role in Global Ocean Plastic Waste” Available”

Microplastics – Analytical Methods and Dietary Exposure to be Addressed by an ILSI Europe Expert Panel

An expert panel of the International Life Sciences Institute Europe https://ilsi.eu/scientific-activities/food-safety/ilsi-europe-initiative-on-microplastics-new/ is working “… to consolidate the current state of the art in dietary microplastics analysis. It will provide suggestions to further develop the methods towards a harmonised analytical methodology. The aim is to also address relevant health concerns associated with the effects of dietaryContinue reading “Microplastics – Analytical Methods and Dietary Exposure to be Addressed by an ILSI Europe Expert Panel”

Recycling – “The Past, Present and Future of Recycled Content and Recyclability Claims” Summarized

A December 29, 2021 Keller and Heckman “Publication” https://www.khlaw.com/insights/all-wrapped-past-present-and-future-recycled-content-and-recyclability-claims reports that “… One critical issue we are increasingly challenged to address are the myriad waste streams being generated by the production and consumption of our technological word … it is … important for stakeholders and policymakers alike to precisely define their goals and consider theContinue reading “Recycling – “The Past, Present and Future of Recycled Content and Recyclability Claims” Summarized”

Microplastics – Baleen Whale Trophic Exposure 4X Higher than Aquatic Environment

The abstract of a November 22, 2021 Science of The Total Environment paper https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151815 by researchers with New Zealand University of Auckland, Netherlands Leiden University and UK University of Exeter reports that “… Large filter-feeding animals are potential sentinels for understanding the extent of microplastic pollution … we explore microplastic exposure and ingestion by baleen whales feedingContinue reading “Microplastics – Baleen Whale Trophic Exposure 4X Higher than Aquatic Environment”