Coronavirus drives plague of waste with 102 plastic masks binned every week in UK alone

The North London Waste Authority says this shocking side effect of the coronavirus pandemic is ‘creating a huge new plastic pollution problem’

Plastic waste can cause deformities in marine life

A new study led by scientists from the University of Exeter found sea urchins raised in plastic-contaminated seawater samples suffered from a range of abnormalities, including deformed skeletons and nervous systems

Innovative graphene-biopolymer ‘could render plastic packaging obsolete’

Toraphene notes the innovative new material is biodegradable, compostable and commercially-viable

‘Wasted food produces six times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as global aviation’

A new report published by the organisation warns climate change cannot be stopped if society doesn’t stop wasting food

The small island state of Aldabra requires $4.68m to clean up plastic pollution

The UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Seychelles is still host to 513 tonnes of plastic waste, made up largely of buoys, ropes, fishing nets and flipflops

Geminor exports first 3,000 tonnes of Refuse-Derived Fuel to Netherlands from Italy

The resource management company has begun transporting the 15-year-old waste, which will be burned to generate energy

‘Almost 30% of Britons don’t know fly-tipping is breaking the law’

One in eight UK residents admit to illegal fly-tipping, according to a new report

Microplastics found in guts of sharks off UK coast

Microplastic and other man-made fibre particles were found in 67% of the creatures studied

Defra asked to secure recycling collections amid lockdown

‘Vital supply of good quality packaging material’ is facing a shortage as retail outlets close their shutters

US announces $25m for R&D in plastic recycling

The funding is part of the US Government’s Plastics Innovation Challenge aimed to accelerate innovations in plastics recycling technologies