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Divisions persist over plastics treaty as UN talks end in Uruguay

Divisions persist over plastics treaty as UN talks end in Uruguay

The first round of negotiations on a global treaty to end plastic pollution ended in a split over whether goals and efforts should be global and mandatory, or voluntary and country-led. More than 2,000 delegates from 160 countries gathered in Uruguay for the first of five scheduled sessions of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC), a …

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Canadians are ditching some plastic habits as nationwide ban looms, data shows - National |  Globalnews.ca

Canadians are ditching some plastic habits as nationwide ban looms, data shows – National | Globalnews.ca

Canadians appear to be slowly reducing their use of straws and plastic grocery bags ahead of a nationwide ban on these items taking effect next month, according to new statistics. The Canadian government is seeking to reduce indoor plastic pollution by the end of the decade as negotiations for a formal plastics management treaty begin …

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The world can't recycle its way out of the plastics crisis - The Boston Globe

The world can’t recycle its way out of the plastics crisis – The Boston Globe

There are an estimated 50-75 trillion plastic particles in the world’s oceans and an additional 8-10 million tonnes are added each year, with catastrophic impacts on wildlife and marine ecosystems. The damage caused to these ecosystems by plastic pollution results in economic losses estimated at between $500 and $2.5 trillion per year. But the costs …

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Brussels pinches its nose on the problem of wastewater pollution

Brussels pinches its nose on the problem of wastewater pollution

Press play to listen to this article Expressed by artificial intelligence. This article is part of POLITICO’s Global Policy Lab: Living Cities, a collaborative journalism project exploring the future of cities. Chapter 3 of the project is presented by Holcim. Hold your pee when it rains – Brussels can’t cope with extra sewage flows during …

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Now that Woolies and Coles are no longer an option, how do you recycle soft plastics in Australia?

Following the collapse of Redcycle’s soft plastics recycling scheme, many Australians are now wondering what they can do with their used plastic items. So, with the ability to drop off soft plastics in large supermarkets now gone, what should Australians do with them? Here’s what you need to know. Following the collapse of Redcycle’s soft …

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Why the collapse of flexible plastics recycler REDcycle could be a good thing for the environment

Key points Sustainability advocates say REDcycle’s suspension of operations should be a wake-up call to reduce reliance on soft plastics. Only a small proportion of the flexible plastics used in Australia have been recycled through the scheme. The founder of Plastic Free July says the use and regulation of plastic production is necessary. The woman …

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Soft plastics were supposed to go. What went wrong?

The collapse of Australialargest soft plastic recycling program last week amid secret storage revelations revealed serious flaws in recycling supply chains and undermined customer confidence in these systems. But it also highlights a wider problem: Australia’s undying appetite for single-use plastics, which appears to have only increased in recent years despite a wave of new …

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Soft plastics were supposed to go. What went wrong?

The collapse of Australialargest soft plastic recycling program last week amid secret storage revelations revealed serious flaws in recycling supply chains and undermined customer confidence in these systems. But it also highlights a wider problem: Australia’s undying appetite for single-use plastics, which appears to have only increased in recent years despite a wave of new …

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