Tag Archives: Plastic Pollution

Ban on plastic shopping bags, Italy

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Plastic bag on beach. Photo source: ©© Kaometet

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Italy, one of the top users of plastic shopping bags in Europe, has banned them starting January 1, with retailers warning of chaos and many stores braced for the switch.

Italians use about 20 billion bags a year, more than 330 per person, or about one-fifth of the total used in Europe, according to Italian environmentalist lobby Legambiente…

Original Article, Reuters

Plastic Bag Reduction Around the World

Plastic bag bans around the world, BBC

250 billion plastic fragments in Mediterranean

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Some 250 billion microscopic pieces of plastic are floating in the Mediterranean, creating a biological hazard that reverberates up the food chain, according to research supported by green campaigners.

The estimate comes from French and Belgian marine biologists who analysed water samples taken in July off France, northern Italy and Spain to a depth of 10-15 centimetres (four to six inches)…

Read Full Article, AFP

Accumulation and fragmentation of plastic debris in global environments, 2009 Study, Ifremer

What’s Outside Counts, Too: European Law and Excess Packaging

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The citizens of Lincolnshire, England, were so fed up with the layers of plastic and cardboard and Styrofoam that encased their store purchases this fall that they took a high-priced, highly wrapped piece of meat to court…

Read Full Article, The New York Times

Courtauld Commitment 2

Grocery Store taken to court over excess packaging

Urban Stormwater Runoff: A Significant Source of Beachwater Pollution

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Storm Water Runoff: What it Is wrong:
When rain falls or snow melts, it can’t just lie there forever. Eventually, it has to go somewhere. Under ideal conditions, this water will seep slowly into the ground. Sometimes, however, the amount of water generated exceeds what the ground can handle. In such a case, the water makes a beeline for the nearest exit: your friendly local storm drain. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated. One of the major causes of beach closings and advisories is stormwater runoff…

The best way to protect beachgoers from water contamination is to prevent pollution from reaching the beach…

Read Full Article, “NRDC testing the Waters 2010 Report”

Associated Content

EPA, Stormwater Basic Information

NRDC, Sources of Beachwater Pollution, Report

Ocean Conservancy, Storm Drains and Pollution

100% of Most Challenging Plastic Wrapping Could Be Recycled With New Technology

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On average we each consume 120 grammes of plastic wrapping on Christmas gifts most of which is of a type which almost impossible to recycle. Now researchers at the University of Warwick have devised a new technique which could process 100% of Christmas and other household plastic instead of the tiny fraction that currently actually gets processed…

Read Full Article, Science Daily

Plastic Waste Pollutes Adriatic coast

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A Montenegrin beach on the Adriatic coast has been left covered in plastic bottles, medical waste and parts from household appliances, an environmental group said Tuesday.

The waste was carried to the beach by the Bojana river which forms a natural border between Montenegro and Albania and flows into the Adriatic near the southern Montenegrin town of Ulcinj whose 12-kilometre (nine mile) long beach was littered with the waste…

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Charging for Plastic Bags Cut Bag Consumption by Half in China

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Plastic pollution. Photo source: ©©Greg

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Research from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) shows that people in China, the number one consumers of plastic bags in the world, reduced their consumption of plastic bags by half when stores were forced to charge consumers for the bags.

Use of plastic bags is a growing global environmental problem. As a result, the bags are becoming subject to various regulations in an increasing number of countries, with mixed results…

Read Full Article, Alphagalileo

Parts of Los Angeles County ban plastic bags

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Parts of Los Angeles County have joined other California communities in banning stores from using single-use plastic bags.

County supervisors approved the measure 3-1 on Tuesday in hopes of preventing billions of bags from polluting neighborhoods and waterways. It bans stores from giving customers single-use plastic bags and would require them to charge 10 cents for each paper bag…

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Record number of British beaches reach highest European standards

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The number of blue flag beaches in England fell from 82 in 2008 to 71 last year, largely as a result of detritus and pollution caused by flooding and overwhelmed drainage.

However, a record number of beaches and bathing spots in England and Wales reached the highest European standards for water quality this year, monitoring by the Environment Agency showed today…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Blue Flag Program

Britain’s Blue Flagged Beaches, in Coastal Care