Scientists Accidentally Create Mutant Enzyme That Eats Plastic Bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium …

May Announces £60m Fund to Clear Oceans of Plastic ‘Scourge’

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged £61.4m in funding to turn the tide against ocean plastic, as part of a new initiative from Commonwealth countries to tackle the problem. Announcing the move on Saturday, May dubbed plastic waste a “scourge” on the world’s oceans and promised to harness collective action …

U.S. Asks China to ‘Immediately Halt’ Ban on Foreign Waste

Last year, China—the world’s largest importer of waste—announced it no longer wanted to take in other countries’ trash so it could focus on its own pollution problems. This unexpected policy shift, which took effect Jan. 1, has left exporters in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Germany and other European countries scrambling …

‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ Sprawling with More Debris than Thought

An enormous area of rubbish floating in the Pacific Ocean is teeming with far more debris than previously thought, heightening alarm that the world’s oceans are being increasingly choked by trillions of pieces of plastic. The sprawling patch of detritus – spanning 1.6m sq km, (617,763 sq miles) more than …

Eating Toast Bread Straight from the Freezer to Avoid Waste

Around 24m slices of bread are thrown away every day in the UK – more than a million an hour – because people do not get around to using it in time and worry it is stale. Now a new campaign from the anti-waste charity Love Food Hate Waste is …

Government Accused of ‘Dragging its Feet’ on Plastic Waste

A committee of MPs today accused the government of “dragging its feet” on tackling the UK’s mountain of plastic waste, again urging ministers to introduce a deposit return scheme for bottles and ensure the producers of packaging materials take greater responsibility for recycling costs. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) late …

Glastonbury Festival Set to Ban Plastic Bottles in 2019

Glastonbury festival is to implement a site-wide ban on plastic bottles when it returns in 2019. “It’s an enormous project; it’s taking a lot of time to tackle with all the different people we work with,” organiser Emily Eavis told BBC 6 Music. In 2014, Glastonbury introduced environmentally friendly stainless …