US invests $14.5m to combat plastic waste and pollution

The funding will be used for research and development to cut waste and reduce the energy used to produce and recycle single-use plastics such as plastic bags, wraps and films

New competition offers £7m for sustainable plastic packaging

It is seeking ‘ambitious and bold’ projects that focus on solving well-known issues with the sustainability of plastic packaging, with the aim of driving a shift towards a circular economy solution

Plastic bags now cost 10p

The new plastic bag charge will be extended to all retailers for the first time

Washington signs historic climate legislation into law

Governor Jay Inslee signed the Climate Commitment Act, which will cap and reduce pollution and create revenue for climate investments to help the state accelerate the transition to a clean energy infrastructure and economy

UK ‘dumped 210k tonnes of plastic waste in Turkey last year’

More than half of the UK’s acclaimed ‘recycled’ plastic waste is allegedly sent overseas

Plastic bag charge to increase to 10p in all shops in England

The change aims to further reduce the volume of plastic waste generated from the plastic bag sales

Scientists turn plastic bags, yogurt containers, plastic bottles into jet fuel

The breakthrough research is believed to provide a solution to the alarming issue of hard-to-recycle plastics

‘World’s first’ facility to recycle all forms of plastic waste to be built in Teesside

The plant, which is expected to be operational in 2022, is predicted to process 80,000 tonnes of plastic waste a year

UK’s landfills ‘squeezed by 300m toothpaste tubes every year’

A new report suggests the aluminium lined found in many tubes makes them ‘a recycling nightmare’

Nigeria partners with World Economic Forum to fight plastic pollution

In 2018, Nigeria was estimated to have discharged around 200,000 tonnes of plastic waste into the ocean per year, while its annual plastics production is projected to grow to 523,000 tonnes by 2022