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Plastic found in ‘almost 100%’ of Alderney’s gannet nests

Image copyright Alderney Wildlife Trust Image caption Alderney’s Wildlife Trust has been monitoring plastic levels on the islands gannet colonies Nearly all of Alderney’s 8,000 gannet nests are contaminated with plastic pollution, island conservationists say. As recently as 20 years ago, only small quantities were seen in the nests, the Wildlife Trust said. The plastic build-up in the breeding colonies is killing the seabirds, with some entangled gannets found hung or missing legs, it added. Around 2% of the global gannet population is thought to visit Alderney – the northernmost…

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Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A woman collecting plastic at a waste dump in Indonesia – in the year to October, the country received 63,000 tonnes of UK plastic A year ago, experts warned that the UK could face a mountain of waste plastic as China imposed a ban on waste imports. In recent years, the UK has heavily relied on China to take our unwanted plastic packaging. Three years ago, the UK was exporting half a million tonnes of plastic to China and Hong Kong – accounting for…

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Plastic bag fee ‘to double to 10p’ and include every shop

Image copyright PA The 5p fee for plastic carrier bags in England will be doubled to 10p, and extended to all shops, under plans set out by the environment secretary. The change is contained in a government consultation aimed at further reducing the plastic used by consumers and could come into effect in January 2020. Smaller retailers, who are exempt from the current levy, supply an estimated 3.6 billion single-use bags annually. Schools in England are also being told to eliminate unnecessary plastic. Education Secretary Damian Hinds is urging school…

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Christmas plastic workshop to help reduce festive waste

Cutting plastic waste has been a key theme of 2018 and Christmas is a time when the amount thrown away increases. Emmajo Haslam runs plastic-free Christmas workshops for her community in Whitley Bay. She provides information and tips for those looking to reduce their Christmas waste and use less plastic over the festive period. Source link

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Banksy’s ‘Season’s Greetings’ protected with plastic

Image caption Volunteers protecting the mural say at least 2,000 people have visited it Banksy’s latest work in south Wales has been covered with a protective plastic screen. It appeared on a garage in Port Talbot and depicts a child enjoying snow falling on one side, while the other reveals it is a fire emitting ash. Film star Michael Sheen, who grew up in the area, helped pay for the screen. He is also contributing towards security, media and legal costs. It was fitted for free by a local businessman…

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Weather stops plastic waste car reaching South Pole

A car made from waste plastic has been forced to abort its mission to the South Pole because of bad weather. Solar Voyager was set to be the first solar-powered expedition to reach Antarctica. But despite it being Antarctica’s summer, unexpected heavy snow has meant progress has been slow, and now the team have had to turn around. The team from Holland say they’ve still achieved their main mission: to prove plastic waste can be put to good use, though they’d rather people avoided using single-use plastic altogether. Source link

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2018 statistic of the year: Plastic waste fact tops list

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A fact about plastic waste – which has repeatedly made headlines this year – has been named 2018’s stat of the year Two facts about the environment have been named as 2018’s best statistics. The list – from the Royal Statistical Society – also included figures about Kylie Jenner, Jaffa Cakes and trains. The winning international statistic of the year was 90.5% – the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled. And in the UK category, the top stat was 28.7% –…

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Why some see Chile’s plastic bag ban as a rubbish proposal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Plastic bags get caught in trees and litter the landscape “They are just everywhere and they are polluting our oceans, our fields, our cities,” says Guillermo González of the 3.4 billion disposable plastic bags used in Chile every year. Mr González heads the recycling department at Chile’s environment ministry and is only too aware of the problems caused by the huge amount of plastic bags used by his compatriots. It takes up to 400 years for a single plastic bag to degrade and very…

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New ultralight material offers many uses for plastic waste, researchers say

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Researchers in Singapore are seeking a patent for a new sound-proof and heat-resistant material made from recycled plastic bottles they say could help reduce plastic waste dumped in oceans and clogging landfills. FILE PHOTO: An NUS researcher shows an Aerogel pellet at NUS’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in Singapore November 23, 2018. REUTERS/Yiming Woo The National University of Singapore team said it had found a way to convert bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into aerogels that have many potential uses – from insulation and fire safety…

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