San José (United States) (AFP) - Shoddy waste management and littering across the globe likely added eight million metric tons (17.6 billion pounds) of plastic to the ocean in 2010, posing significant dangers to marine life, scientists said Thursday.
Researchers have developed a low-temperature process converting plastic waste into liquid fuel as a way to re-use discarded plastic bags and other products. The most common waste we all see worldwide is the standard polymer, low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which is used to make many types of containers, medical and laboratory equipment, computer components and, of course, the ubiquitous plastic bags.Plastic Bag Beach.Recycling efforts are in place in many parts of the world, but much of the polyethylene waste ends up in landfills, dispersed…
Everyday our plastic waste makes its way from land to sea through stormwater runoff, rivers, wind, or just chance. And since at least the 1970s researchers have been attempting to quantify just how much and where it's going. The most recent attempt, which was published on June 30 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, estimates that the number in surface waters is anywhere from 7,000 to 35,000 tons, surprisingly, "far less than expected," according to the study authors.
NEW DELHI: Over 3,500 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day in 60 major cities in the country, Lok Sabha was informed today. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said as per available information, consumption of plastic in the country was 11 million tons in 2013-14. "The total quantum of plastic waste generated in the country from 60 major cities is estimated to be 3,501 tonnes per day. The cities of Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad are generating maximum quantity of plastic waste," he said during question hour.
Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. When I started visiting our Santa Monica office, I was thrilled to get up early (I was on East Coast time) and go down to the beach to body surf.
Guiyu (China) (AFP) - Mountains of discarded remote controls litter the warehouse floor. In a dimly-lit room, women on plastic stools pry open the devices, as if shucking oysters, to retrieve the circuitry inside.
A few years ago, photographer Jeremy Underwood visited the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in Texas and was shocked to find the beaches nearby overrun with plastic, wood, metal, and other debris.