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Top official orders ban on single-use plastic in Home Ministry building

Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has begun a battle against plastic waste, ordering all officials under the ministry, including canteens in the building in Central Jakarta, to refrain from using single-use water bottles, cups and straws. He made the call for all officials within the Home Ministry and the National Border Management Agency (BNPP) on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara […]

Supermarket ban sees ‘80% drop’ in plastic bag consumption nationwide

The ban on single-use plastic bags by Australia’s two largest supermarketsprevented the introduction of an estimated 1.5bn bags into the environment, and the retail industry is hopeful this is only the beginning.Coles and Woolworths’ decided to stop offering single-use disposable plastic bags midway through the year after years of campaigning by environmental groups and consumers. Some shoppers objected to […]

Half of dead baby turtles found by Australian scientists have stomachs full of plastic

Baby sea turtles are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of plastic pollution, according to a new study which found around half of the recently hatched reptiles had stomachs full of plastic. In recent years, scientists have realised that animals ranging from plankton to whales are regularly consuming plastic, since around 10 million tons of […]

Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested ‘6kg of plastic’

A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in a national park in Indonesia had nearly 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach, park officials say. Items found included 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and two flip-flops. The carcass of the 9.5m (31ft) mammal was found in waters near Kapota […]

Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks. The proposal also calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food […]

‘Single-use’ named 2018 word of the year

Single-use, a term referring to products – often made of plastic –that are made to be used once and thrown away, has been named Collins Dictionary’s word of the year for 2018. Collins, whose lexicographers monitor a 4.5bn-word corpus to come up with an annual list of new and notable words, said images such as […]

How Banning Plastic Straws Could Make Pollution Even Worse

Californians are embroiled in a debate over banning plastic products, including everything from straws to grocery bags. San Diego is considering prohibiting a particularly ubiquitous plastic product: expanded polystyrene (EPS)—better known as styrofoam—which is used widely in takeout food containers, cups, ice chests, and packing peanuts. (The trademarked product Styrofoam is slightly different than EPS.) […]

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government's bid to cut plastic waste. Announcing a consultation on a possible ban ministers said 8.5bn plastic straws were thrown away in the UK every year. The prime minister said plastic waste was "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the […]

European parliament backs single-use plastics ban

The European Parliament has voted to ban a range of single-use plastics such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery and to ensure most bottles are recycled in a bid to curb ocean pollution. Under the proposal, 10 single-use plastic products would be banned by 2021 and EU states obliged to recycle 90% of plastic bottles […]

Plastic recycling industry’s problems costing councils up to £500,000 a year

Major problems in the plastic recycling industry are costing local councils in England up to £500,000 extra a year, as they struggle to deal with the continuing fallout from import bans imposed by countries who are no longer able to take the UK’s waste. A survey by the Local Government Association (LGA) revealed nearly half […]

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