Plastic Waste – Maritime Transport and Fishing Sources Targeted

On April 8, 2021, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1393148/icode/ announced that FAO, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and 30 countries have launched “The GloLitter Partnerships Project” https://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/PartnershipsProjects/Pages/GloLitter-Partnerships-Project-.aspx which “… aims to decrease the use of plastics in these industries and identify opportunities to recycle plastics … help the sector to apply best practicesContinue reading “Plastic Waste – Maritime Transport and Fishing Sources Targeted”

Plastic Waste – Ocean Plastic Debris to be App Identifiable

According to a March 30, 2021 NorwegianSciTechNews story https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2021/03/new-technology-will-identify-sources-of-plastic-in-the-ocean/ researchers with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology are “… working to create a model that will show where plastic collects and determine where in the region it comes from … The researchers are in the process of developing the database for the app …Continue reading “Plastic Waste – Ocean Plastic Debris to be App Identifiable”

Recycling – RECOVER Act Re-Introduced in the House

On April 5, 2021, the “Realizing the Economic Opportunities and Values of Expanding Recycling (RECOVER) Act” was re-introduced in the US House of Representatives https://cardenas.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/cardenas-bucshon-reintroduce-the-recover-act – The bill “…  would allocate $500 million in matching federal grants to eligible states, local municipalities, and tribal governments to invest in improving their recycling infrastructure, programs, and educationContinue reading “Recycling – RECOVER Act Re-Introduced in the House”

Sustainable Business Award Nominations Sought

Reuters Events is seeking by June 9, 2021 https://1.reutersevents.com/LP=29487 applications for its “Leading Responsible Business Awards” that will recognize “… those that are challenging the status quo and leading to a new, sustainable future … [and] that are truly having an impact on business, society and the environment – delivering a new blueprint for businessContinue reading “Sustainable Business Award Nominations Sought”

Plastic Waste – Basel Convention Policymaking Innovations Announced

On April 6, 2021, the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (BRS) rolled-out http://www.basel.int/Implementation/PublicAwareness/PressReleases/PWPprojectslaunch/tabid/8797/Default.aspx  “… over 50 pilot projects across the world … [fostering] the introduction of practical innovations to policymaking in the form of changes to business-as-usual prompted by the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments, whichContinue reading “Plastic Waste – Basel Convention Policymaking Innovations Announced”

Plastic Waste – Break Free Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 Introduced

On March 25, 2021, the Break Free Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 was introduced in both the US House H.R.2238 and Senate S.984 https://lowenthal.house.gov/media/press-releases/congressman-lowenthal-senator-merkley-lead-introduction-congress-most – The legislation would require “… producers of plastic products to design, manage, and finance waste and recycling programs …  [incentivize] corporations to make reusable products and items that can actuallyContinue reading “Plastic Waste – Break Free Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 Introduced”

Plastic Waste – Plastic Reduction Legislation in US States Summarized

On March 30, 2021, the Surfrider Foundation released a beta version of a “… dataset that includes over 1,000 U.S. plastic reduction laws  … [which address] bag, polystyrene, and straw laws. These items are among the top items found at our beach cleanups. The next version of Surfrider’s U.S. map, expected late this summer, will includeContinue reading “Plastic Waste – Plastic Reduction Legislation in US States Summarized”

Plastic Waste – New York State Considering Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Legislation

According to an April 5, 2021 Waste 360 story https://www.waste360.com/legislation-regulation/new-york-carves-out-epr-bill-variation-similar-bills the State of New York “… is considering an EPR bill (S1185B) that, if passed, will require brands of consumer packaging and paper products to pay to recycle these materials. This includes plastics #1-7, metals, glass, as well as paper from packaging … producers couldContinue reading “Plastic Waste – New York State Considering Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Legislation”