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UK theme parks to offer half-price entry in exchange for used plastic bottles

Visitors to some of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions are to be offered half-price entry in exchange for used plastic drinks bottles, as part of a trial starting on Wednesday which gives instant incentives for recycling.

UK's plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the world, the government’s spending watchdog has warned.

Recycling industry is open to fraud and error, says National Audit Office

The UK’s recycling system is open to fraud because the government is failing adequately to check what is being reprocessed or sent overseas, according to the spending watchdog.

Blue Planet fans get help to cut plastic

The BBC is to capitalise on the impact of Blue Planet II by launching a campaign to help people to use less plastic.

The initiative, called Plastics Watch, has the backing of Sir David Attenborough, who said that he had been astonished by the response to his series in which the carnage caused by plastic in the oceans was highlighted.

Children’s tales reveal worries about plastic

Plastic has been named children’s word of the year following an analysis of the language they used when writing stories.

An annual study of thousands of short stories submitted to the 2018 BBC Radio 2 competition found the use of “plastic” had doubled in a year as children wrote about the threat to the planet of discarded bottles, bags and containers.

Plastics 101 - with National Geographic's new global commitment "Planet or Plastic?"

Planet or Plastic? Takes a comprehensive approach to tackling major environmental crisis, encompassing storytelling, consumer education & engagement, scientific research and innovative partnerships

The June issue of National Geographic Magazine looks in depth at how single-use plastic impacts our planet.

National Geographic asks people to take simple steps to reduce single-use plastic; hosts 3-Day takeover on social channels featuring Zooey Deschanel.

'It’s time to transform recycling': Nine in 10 Australians want governments to act on crisis

The sudden realisation our conscientious separation of recyclable paper and plastics from our rubbish will not be enough to fend off a garbage crisis has Sydneysiders demanding governments step in and reform an industry hit hard by a new Chinese embargo on waste imports.

The First Ever Global Recycling Day Wants To Turn Waste Into A Solution

The first-ever Global Recycling Day, an initiative from BIR that aims to promote recycling on a global level by showcasing its benefits will take place on March 18. Global Recycling Day will unite people across the world with events that will take place in London, Washington DC, Sao Paolo, Paris, Johannesburg, Delhi, Sydney, and Dubai, plus other private events expected to take place in smaller communities and individual homes. 

Company denies 'waste laundering' allegation

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Cleanaway, Australia's biggest waste business, has revealed it classifies the thousands of tonnes of material arriving at its New Chum landfill in Ipswich from the company's recycling plant in south Brisbane as local waste, even though the bulk of it originates interstate, prompting accusations it is "laundering" waste to hide its origin. (February 28, 2018)

Rubbish: why your recycling isn’t working

On Sunday evening, in the final episode of Blue Planet II, David Attenborough used his (widely praised) address to the nation to highlight — among other topics — the growing problem of plastic. “Since its invention some 100 years ago plastic has become an integral part of our daily lives,” he said as he scrambled along a beach strewn with litter. “But every year some eight million tons of it ends up in the ocean . . . and there it can be lethal.”

China's ban on foreign waste leaves Australian recycling industry eyeing opportunities

The world's most populous country has been the largest importer of recyclable materials, taking in more than 30 million metric tonnes of waste from all over the world, including from the US, EU, Japan, and Australia.

But in July, China — also the world's biggest manufacturer — decided it would no longer take what it called foreign garbage.

Investigation: Coca Cola and the ‘fight back’ against plans to tackle plastic waste.

Coca Cola has been lobbying against plans for a new bottle collection scheme in Scotland designed to reduce plastic waste, according to an Unearthed investigation.

A leaked internal document from the firm reveals the company prioritised a “fight back” against EU moves to introduce deposit return schemes (DRS).

Plastic Waste Now Polluting Arctic Ocean, Scientists Find

Plastic waste in the ocean is now so widespread it is polluting remote ice floes in the Arctic, scientists have discovered.

A team from Exeter University discovered blocks of polystyrene in areas hundreds of miles from land which until recently were covered by ice all year round.