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Plastics Related Stories in the Media

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Plastics Related Stories in the Media

06/04/2018 at 21:34

I wondered if there could be a thread for recording links to plastics related stories in the general media (newspapers, TV channels, podcasts). It could be stories about the plastics industry, or about plastic polution, or existing methods of dealing with waste, etc.

I’ll start off with this story from The Guardian in December 2017:

$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

Colossal funding in manufacturing plants by fossil fuel companies will increase plastic production by 40%, risking permanent pollution of the earth

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18/05/2019 at 10:55

Hundreds of tonnes of plastic washed up on beaches of remote islands in the Indian ocean. Includes nearly a million shoes and over a third of a million toothbrushes.

Study shows that much more plastic debris is buried beneath the sand than is on the surface of the beach – which means we are still drastically underestimating the amount of plastic crap in the oceans.


28/05/2019 at 12:07

Arena at Glastonbury to be made entirely from recycled plastic


28/05/2019 at 19:44


Humans produce 300 million tons of new plastic each year — yet, despite our best efforts, less than 10 percent of it ends up being recycled. Is there a better way to deal with all this waste? Microbiologist Morgan Vague studies bacteria that, through some creative adaptations, have evolved the unexpected ability to eat plastic — and could help us solve our growing pollution problem.


28/05/2019 at 20:19


As a ten year-old kid, I was exposed to this.

It left me mentally scarred – for life.

People need to be very careful over what they wish for…  😉

28/05/2019 at 20:33


Just reporting a “Plastics Related Stories in the Media”

It’s todays Ted talk.

Don’t melt the messenger 😉


But it is an interesting thought that just like with the overuse of antibiotics nature WILL strike back if we don’t behave ourselves!


28/05/2019 at 20:40

I suspect it was the bad scripts, wooden acting, and wobbly scenery that left me scarred…

28/05/2019 at 21:55

Malaysia sending thousands of tons of rubbish back to the countries it came from.



And other southeast Asia countries are doing the same.


13/07/2019 at 21:54

Costa Rica Has Banned Styrofoam (actually it means they will ban expanded polystyrene containers in two years time)

15/07/2019 at 11:19

Now this is only indirect linked to plastic but please check the alerts of MIT. Might be an amazing exercise to get the PP network active 🙂

20/07/2019 at 22:58

Story in this weekend’s Observer newspaper:
How melting plastic waste could heat homes.
The story is about a type of pyrolysis plant that takes the process further to produce hydrogen.  The story doesn’t actually use the word pyrolysis, and by talking about clean hydrogen energy it taps into the current “hydrogen economy” rhetoric that is being used by some people.

The information appears to come from the University of Chester website. But there isn’t much extra there either.  To me, it sounds like they may just be using a variant of the old coal syngas process – which requires steam and a carbon source to reduce water to H2 & CO.  In this case they are using mixed plastics instead of coal, and may also get CH4, amongst other gases.

They are talking about collecting the H2, for sale, and burning the rest of the off-gases to make electricty.  As such, this is basically an EFW (energy from waste) plant, that collects hydrogen as a byproduct.  It looks like the combustion products (including CO2) will still enter the atmosphere – so, arguably, like all EFW plants it is just displacing an equal amount of fossil fuel use.

At least it will consume a lot of plastic – preventing it entering the oceans – even if it does pump out CO2.

23/07/2019 at 01:27

well researched and interesting article about ‘How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World‘. I ordered the book, ‘THE USE AND ABUSE OF AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL IMAGES‘; looks like legit homework 🙂 . There is also a quote :

“They’re trying to create the perception that there’s a viable way to recycle most plastic waste into new products, and that’s simply not true.” ; say hello PP

01/11/2019 at 13:50

Argentina could become ‘sacrificial country’ for plastic waste, say activists

Argentina has changed its definition of waste in a move that could allow it to import millions of tonnes of plastic waste discarded in the US.

The country’s president, Mauricio Macri, signed a decree in August reclassifying some materials destined for recycling as commodities instead of waste, allowing looser oversight of mixed and contaminated plastic scraps that are difficult to process, and are often dumped or incinerated.


15/11/2019 at 22:54

Stag died after being tangled in plastic tape on Jura


15/11/2019 at 23:00

Endangered red squirrel dies trapped in plastic jar

27/12/2019 at 16:23

Revealed: microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers


03/01/2020 at 19:50

The plastic polluters won 2019 – and we’re running out of time to stop them


20/01/2020 at 23:58

Malaysia returns 42 containers of ‘illegal’ plastic waste to UK


21/01/2020 at 20:33

@frogfall , Have you seen any articles or reports that break down what happens to the plastic waste that gets exported to places like Malaysia? What percentage gets recycled, how much gets burnt for energy, incinerated as waste, landfill, or dumped into environment/ocean.

21/01/2020 at 21:53

Hi @s2019 – good question.
This story suggest not a lot is being recycled.
There are not nearly enough recycling facilities to process their own domestic plastic waste – so it seems the extra imported waste is mostly being burned or dumped.

This item in Wikipedia tells a similar tale:

The report warned that there were regulation violations in the disposal of imported plastic waste to the country (plastic is burned on roadsides in the open-air, dumped in unregulated or poorly regulated dump sites close to bodies of water, discarded in abandoned buildings or just left to degrade and rot in the open) thus contributing to environmental pollution and harmful health impact for Malaysians.

21/01/2020 at 23:03

Thanks, I think that part of the story needs to get some solid numbers behind it and push governments to stop the exports and deal with their own mess. In the US there is an attempt to push distracting, feel-good laws like banning hotel shampoo bottles in the hopes that people forget that we are exporting millions of tons each year that are mislabeled as recycling.

02/02/2020 at 16:18

Is recycling broken?

Audio podcast (24 mins)


01/03/2020 at 01:30

I guess, technically it isn’t single use plastic anymore. Now if we could set up a nuts-for-bags exchange program, the forest would get cleaned.

14/03/2020 at 09:38

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30/05/2020 at 21:25

too bad, all this nice efforts and posts have been killed 🙁

I really miss the good and old flair of PP – it’s all gone – on Discord we have now just a tiny fraction of what has been contributed here in the forums – I wanna meet this guys who killed it and …. them …. for hours long 🙂

, @s2019, and all the others – I miss you guys, really

31/05/2020 at 16:53

Yeah, I noticed the other day that the only activity was a spam post to a spam topic.
Agreed, there was some good discussion and excitement when this forum was active.

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