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WEAL

Representing the Waukesha County community for the protection of Waukesha County's natural resources through dedicated grass-roots participation and action.

SINGLE USE PLASTICS

Single-Use Plastic a Growing Environmental Threat 
Single-Use plastics have become a pollution and litter problem in the United States and across the globe.  Only about 9.5% of post-consumer plastic is collected for recycling so much of the non-recycled plastic ends up in the oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, along roadways or in landfills and incinerators. ....more

Articles & Videos

2019


Ocean Plastic Pollution Prompts Lawsuit – Honolulu Civil Beat – 11/01/2019

 

 
 
 
N.S. passes legislation banning single-use plastic bags – CBC News – Nova Scotia - 10/30/2019
 

Coca-Cola Named The World’s Most Polluting Brand in Plastic Waste Audit – Forbes – 10/29/2019 – SEE REPORTS – “Branded Volume II”
 

 
 
 
 
 
Coca-Cola Named Most Polluting Brand in Global Audit of Plastic Waste – The Intercept – 10/23/2019 -  SEE REPORTS – “Branded Volume II
 
Philly Council committee moves plastic bag ban to final vote, but kills 15-cent fee  – WHYY – Philadelphia, PA – 10/23/2019
 
VIDEO - Providence plastic bag ban now in effectWPRI.com – Providence, Rhode Island – 10/22/2019
 
 
 
New research suggests we might be thinking about the ocean plastic problem all wrong — trash dumped from ships could be a major culprit – Business Insider – 10/4/2019
Ocean cleanup device successfully collects plastic for first time – The Guardian US Edition – 10/04/2019

Companies are promoting false solutions to plastic waste - TreeHugger – 10/03/2019 – Full report posted under “Reports”

VIDEO - Islamabad Bans Plastic Bags – VOA News – 10/03/2019

VIDEOThe Plastic’s Industry’s Long Fight to Blame Pollution on You – The Intercept – 10/03/2019

Federal 'Save Our Seas' bill spurs debate over plastics recycling – Waste Dive – 10/02/2019 -  WEAL Signed Letter - Opposition Letter to Save our Seas Legislation

VIDEO - How worried should we be about microplastics? – The Guardian US Edition – 10/01/2019



GREAT LAKES - 22 million pounds of plastics enter the Great Lakes each year – Chicago Tribune– 9/04/2019


Has Kenya's plastic bag ban worked? – BBC News – 8/28/2019

Do plastic bag taxes or bans curb waste? 400 cities and states tried it out. – Vox – 8/27/2019

'It is raining plastic': Scientists find colorful microplastic in rain – CNN – 8/14/2019


WISCONSIN – AUDIO - Are Plastic Bags Really Recycled? – WUWM 89.7 – 8/05/2019




Lightweight Plastic Bags Banned in New Zealand – Voice of America - 7/01/2019


VIDEO - Pennsylvania blocks plastic bag bans for at least a year – Action News4 (PA) - 6/28/2019





The US Recycling System is Garbage – Sierra Club Magazine - 6/26/2019


The Earth’s climate is paying for our addiction to plastic – The Guardian US Edition - 6/25/2019





Zero waste: The global plastics crisis – Op-Ed - Nation of Change - 6/18/2019

How you're recycling plastic wrong, from coffee cups to toothpaste – The Guardian – US Edition - 6/17/2019

Why the Guardian is taking on America's plastic waste crisis – The Guardian US Edition - 6/17/2019

Gov. Mills signs bill to ban single-use plastic bags  –  Press Herald (Maine) - 6/17/2019



Deposit scheme could dramatically reduce plastic waste – The Guardian US Edition - 6/14/2019
 




How did we let plastic bags get everywhere? – The Guardian US Edition - 6/09/2019
 










It’s Time to Wake Up to the Threat of Single-use Plastics – Waste 360 – 5/13/2019

Islamabad to go plastic bag-free by August – Gulf News Asia – 5/11/2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
The single-use plastic pollution problem – Marketplace – 4/22/2019
 
 
 
 
 
Proposed bottle ban goes to town meeting across Cape Cod  - Wicked Local Yarmouth (MA) – 4/03/2019
 
Massachusetts, Vermont could be next to ban single-use plastic bags - Waste Dive – 4/03/1029

 
 
 
An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste – Break Free From Plastic -  1/16/2019

2018 

The answer to plastic pollution is to not create waste in the first place – Monica Wilson (GAIA) – The Guardian (US) – 12/26/2018
 
Plastic pollution discovered at deepest point of ocean  -  The Guardian (US) – 12/20/2018


 
 
 


 
 
Cola and Nestle among worst plastic polluters based on global clean-up

Invasive Species Are Riding on Plastic Across the Oceans – National Geographic – 8/28/2018
 
 

WISCONSIN***AUDIO - Beach Trash: Where Lake Michigan’s Litter Originates – WUWM 89.7 – 8/17/2018
 
VIDEO - Welcome To The Plastic Beach: Shocking Footage From Mexico Shows Extent Of Plastic Waste Problem – CBS News 8/15/2018

Wave After Wave of Garbage Hits the Dominican Republic – New York Times 7/24/2018


We're Drowning in Plastic Trash. Jenna Jambeck Wants to Save Us – NPR 7/24/2018


VIDEO - Waves of Plastic Debris Found in Caribbean Sea off Coast of Santo Domingo - Star TV – 7/21/2018


VIDEOSee Wave of Garbage off The Dominican Republic – CNN – 7/18/2018


How Penzance Became Britain’s First Plastic-Free Town - The Guardian (US) 7/18/2018


Adidas Joins the Fight Against Plastic – CNN Money – 7/16/18


Can Norway Help Us Solve the Plastic Crisis, One Bottle at a Time?  - The Guardian (US) – 7/12/2018 -


China One Year On – Waste 360 – 7/10/2018


Solution to Ocean’s Plastic Waste Problem ‘Starts with Product Design’  EcoWatch – 7/10/2018


Has the Environment Reached Peak Plastic?  - CNBC - 7/02/2018


The US Used to Ship 4,000 recyclable containers a day to China. Where will the Banned Trash Go? – USA Today – 6/22/2018 -


China’s Plastic Waste Ban Will Leave 111 Million tons of Trash with Nowhere to Go – The Verge 6/20/2018


Ikea to Ban Single-Use Plastic from Stores and Restaurants – The Hill – 7/08/2018


The Himalayan State That Declared War on Plastic Bags – The Guardian (US) 7/03/2018


World Oceans Day: Tourists Creating a ‘Toxic Legacy’ Plastic Waste in the  Mediterranean Sea -The Telegraph – 6/08/2018


Over 60 Countries Have Introduced Bans, Fees to Cut Single-Use Plastic Waste  CBS New – 6/05/2018


World Environment Day: Planet is Being ‘Swamped” by Plastic Waste, Says UN  Chief – The Independent – 6/05/18


VIDEO - Chile to Become First Country in the Americas to Ban Plastic Bags  EcoWatch – 5/31/2018


VIDEO - Scottish Government to Ban Single-Use Cups From its Buildings – Sky News – 5/30/2018


VIDEO - EU Plans Ban of Plastic Cutlery, Straws and More – CNN Money 5/28/2018


VIDEO - National Geographic Launches Effort to Reduce Plastic Waste – ABC News – 5/17/2018


What You Can Do to Fight Plastic Pollution – Phys.org – 5/17/2018 Plastics Explained from A to Z – National Geographic – 5/16/2018


Plastic Problem: What One Tiny Iowa town did to Combat it, and How yours  Ranks – Des Moines Register – 5/09/2018


16 Times Countries and Cities Have Banned Single-Use Plastics – Global Citizen 4/25/2018


VIDEO - It’s Not Just the Oceans: Microplastic Pollution is All Around Us – CNN 4/22/2018


WISCONSIN - VIDEO - Lake Michigan - Wind, Waves, Push Pile of Garbage onto Sidewalk along  Lakefront, and ‘We Eat the Fish that Eats the Plastic’ – Fox6 News (TV) – 4/18/2018


VIDEO - 'Plastic, plastic, plastic': British diver films sea of rubbish off Bali – The Guardian (US) – 3/06/2018


2017

UN Commits to Stop Ocean Plastic Waste – BBC News – 12/05/2017

VIDEOPlastic Floating in Caribbean – YouTube – Posted 11/05/2017



Top Ten Items – Ocean Conservancy – 5/09/2017

WISCONSIN - VIDEO - Winds Whip Up Trash from Landfill into Trees, Yards – Menomonee Falls WISN News (TV) 3/08/2017

WISCONSIN - VIDEO - Garbage from Outagamie County Landfill Blown into Neighborhoods  WLUK (TV) 3/08/2017