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Tyres and synthetic clothes ‘big cause of microplastic pollution’

Up to 32,000 tonnes of microplastics enter British waterways each year, says Friends of the Earth — Vehicle tyres and synthetic clothing are the two leading contributors to microplastic pollution from UK households, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth. The report estimates that between 9,000 and 32,000 tonnes of microplastic pollution …

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‘Sad surprise’: Amazon fish contaminated by plastic particles

Scientists in Brazil find first evidence of plastic pollution in Amazon basin freshwater fish — Scientists have found the first evidence of plastic contamination in freshwater fish in the Amazon, highlighting the extent to which bags, bottles and other waste dumped in rivers is affecting the world’s wildlife. Tests on the stomach contents of fish …

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The Many Unknown Facets of Plastics in Ecosystems

Few studies have examined lakes or wide swaths of ocean areas, leaving critical data gaps in how plastic pollution affects wildlife and moves across food webs — Although it seems like volumes have been written recently about the ubiquitous plastic pollution in the world’s waterways, a new report finds major gaps in where we’ve looked …

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UK recycling industry under investigation for fraud and corruption

Watchdog examining claims plastic waste is not being recycled but left to leak into rivers and oceans — The plastics recycling industry is facing an investigation into suspected widespread abuse and fraud within the export system amid warnings the world is about to close the door on UK packaging waste, the Guardian has learned. The …

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Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time

A bottle deposit hub on the outskirts of Oslo has had a stream of high-level international visitors. Can its success be replicated worldwide? — Tens of thousands of brightly coloured plastic drinks bottles tumble from the back of a truck on to a conveyor belt before disappearing slowly inside a warehouse on the outskirts of …

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Cebu City to ban single-use plastics, styrofoam at city hall

‘We will practice what we preach. Stricter even,’ Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña says about the ban, which will begin on August 1 — (MANILA, Philippines) Single-use plastics and styrofoam will be banned from the Cebu City Hall starting August 1, as the city government implements more measures for environmental protection. Cebu City Mayor Tommy …

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No more plastic bags in San Carlos City

If they can do it, other cities surely can, too — (NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines) Welcome to San Carlos City where plastic bags are no longer welcome. In the city’s public market, bundles of colorful sando bags have been replaced by bunched leaves, old newspaper, and reusable net bags. Even in the wet section of the …

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Last straw for McDonald’s, Burger King as Mumbai bans single-use plastics

The rules prohibit the use of disposable plastic items such as bags, cutlery, cups and bottles under a certain size in Mumbai — (MUMBAI, India) Burger King, McDonald’s and Starbucks are among dozens of companies fined for violating a new ban on single-use plastics in India’s commercial capital Mumbai, an official said Tuesday, June 26. …

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