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A New Plant in Indiana Uses a Process Called ‘Pyrolysis’ to Recycle Plastic Waste. Critics Say It’s Really Just Incineration

By James Bruggers Photo: James Bruggers

The bales, bundles and bins of plastic waste are stacked 10 feet high in a shiny new warehouse that rises from a grassy field near a town known for its bright yellow smiley-face water tower.
Jay Schabel exudes the same happy optimism. He’s president of the plastics division of Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based company vying to be on the leading edge of a yet-to-be-proven new industry—chemical recycling of plastic.

09/11/22
                                                               

The Climate and Plastic

Photo: Mark Dixon/Flickr

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to this planet, and according to a report by the advocacy group Beyond Plastics, greenhouse gas emissions from plastic production in the United States are on track to outpace domestic coal emissions…

08/26/22
                                                               

How plastics contribute to climate change

By Brooke Bauman

In 2015, Texas A&M graduate student Christine Figgener recorded a video of her colleagues removing a straw lodged in a turtle’s nostril. The video went viral, inspiring people to take action. Since then, “skip the straw, save a turtle” has become a slogan for people determined to decrease their plastics use.

08/20/22
                                                               

Increasing the Circularity of #1 Plastic (PET) Recycling

By Mary McDonald

Here’s a trick question. Can #1 plastics — otherwise known as PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastics — go in the recycling bin?
Bet you thought the answer was yes. That’s only half right. It’s a trick question because the answer’s complicated. Most curbside recycling programs accept #1 plastics for recycling, but only certain forms of it. Bottles that hold various products—shampoo, salad dressing, water, and soda — are almost always accepted. Other types of #1 plastic containers — made by a method called thermoforming — are not accepted or used in the recycling stream.
That may be about to change.

08/17/22
                                                               

The World’s Addiction to Plastic in Five Charts

When it comes to the war on plastic, we aren’t even close to winning it.
In the absence of significant intervention, demand for plastic is set to surge over the coming decades. Not only will this result in more greenhouse-gas emissions as plastic manufacturing increases, the build-up of waste will also inhibit the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon, further undermining efforts to combat climate change.

08/16/22
                                                               
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Billions pour into bioplastics as markets begin ramping up

By Mark Gillispie Photo: Jeff Dean, AP Photo

In a world increasingly troubled by the persistent harm that plastic — manufactured in petrochemical plants — has had on the environment, companies are investing billions of dollars to ramp up production of plastics made from natural, renewable materials that can be safely composted or can biodegrade under the right conditions.

08/09/22
                                                               

As alarm over plastic grows, Saudis ramp up production in the US

By Mark Schapiro Photo: Julie Dermansky

The flares started last December, an event Errol Summerlin, a former legal-aid lawyer, and his neighbors had been bracing for since 2017. After the flames, nipping at the night sky like lashes from a heavenly monster, came the odor, a gnarled concoction of steamed laundry and burned tires.

07/14/22
                                                               

‘We Want To Keep Plastic Out Of The Environment And In The Economy’

By Jamie Hailstone Photo: Justin Sullivan , Getty images

The global packaging company Amcor has joined forces with the Minderoo Foundation for the Sea the Future project, which plans to build a worldwide network of sorting and recycling plants.

07/11/22
                                                               

California’s sweeping new plastics law could be a game changer

By Laura Parker Photo: Hannah Whitaker

The United States creates more plastic trash than any other country and ranks third among coastal nations for contributing litter, illegally dumped trash, and other mismanaged waste to its beaches. Yet, even with such an abundance of disposable plastic—scientists measured 46 million tons in 2016—the U.S. manages to recycle just under 9 percent every year.

07/07/22
                                                               

California requires plastics makers to foot the bill for recycling

By Winston Choi-Schagrin Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

The landmark legislation also restricts single-use plastics. Because California’s economy is so big, experts say, the law could have far-reaching effects.

07/01/22