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UK 'faces build-up of plastic waste'

UK 'faces build-up of plastic waste'

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe UK's recycling industry says it doesn't know how to cope with a Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste.Britain has been shipping up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling in China every year, but now the trade has been stopped.At the moment the UK cannot deal with much of that waste, says the UK Recycling Association. Its chief executive, Simon Ellin, told the BBC he had no idea how the problem would be solved in the short term."It's a huge blow for us... a game-changer for our industry," he said. "We've relied on China so long for our waste… 55% of paper, 25% plus of plastics."We simply don't have the markets in the UK. It's going to mean big changes in our industry."China has introduced the ban from this month on "foreign garbage" as p
UK plan to tackle plastic waste threat

UK plan to tackle plastic waste threat

Science
A four-point plan for tackling plastic waste has been outlined by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove. He told BBC News that he wants to reduce the amount of plastic used in the UK, and to make it simpler for people to recycle. Environmentalists fear Mr Gove will be reluctant to set tighter rules for firms which benefit from the current use of plastics.The Environment Secretary outlined his thoughts during an informal meeting.He says he wants to:Cut the total amount of plastic in circulation. Reduce the number of different plastics in use, because that will help recycling firmsImprove the rate of recycling, which has been slipping recently. And make it easier for individuals to know what goes into the recycling bin and what goes into general rubbish.Reality Check: Are seafood lovers eat...
The Plastic Wrap Trick Restaurant Pros Swear By

The Plastic Wrap Trick Restaurant Pros Swear By

Health
"Hotel wrapping" is standard practice for saving and transporting food in many professional kitchens, but it's a practical technique that can be a total game changer for the home cook as well. Cling to this trick to become a true (plastic) wrap legend... and keep your food fresher, longer. This article originally appeared on RealSimple.comSome call it “hotel wrapping,” others say “banquet wrapping,” (depends on which restaurant industry veteran you ask), but whatever you call it—this is the only way you should be plastic wrapping your food. It’s a technique the pros swear by and it’s so easy to adopt into your own plastic wrapping practices. Basically, instead of laying a single sheet of plastic wrap over the opening of a container, to shield
Tiny ocean creatures can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces

Tiny ocean creatures can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces

Science
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The ocean's miniature inhabitants can shred a small plastic bag -- the type used to hold groceries -- into 1.75 million microscopic fragments, according to a news study.When scientists from University of Plymouth in England fed a plastic bag to Orchestia gammarellus, a tiny species of amphipod abundant in the coastal waters of Northern Europe, they were surprised at the rate at which the trash was consumed and broken down.But while the amphipods broke down the plastic bag with tremendous speed and efficiency, they didn't exactly remove the trash from the environment. They simply turned one piece of plastic pollution into a lot of tiny pieces of plastic pollution -- 1.75 million microscopic fragments, to be exact.The findings -- detailed this week in the journal Marine Pollu...
UN commits to stop ocean plastic waste

UN commits to stop ocean plastic waste

Science
Nations have agreed that the world needs to completely stop plastic waste from entering the oceans.The UN resolution, which is set to be sealed tomorrow, has no timetable and is not legally binding.But ministers at an environment summit in Kenya believe it will set the course for much tougher policies and send a clear signal to business.A stronger motion was rejected after the US would not agree to any specific, internationally agreed goals.Under the proposal, governments would establish an international taskforce to advise on combating what the UN's oceans chief has described as a planetary crisis.Environmentalists say ministers are starting to take plastic waste more seriously, but need to move much more quickly.Li Lin from the green group WWF said: "At last we are seeing some action on ...