Tag Archives: Litter

Campuses Cut Plastic, Develop Toolkit To Reduce Litter

On May 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Product Stewardship Institute, and the University of California announced the launch of a new Marine Debris Campus Toolkit. The toolkit is a detailed how-to guide for reducing plastic waste at college campuses and other institutions to help reduce marine debris and coastal pollution. The toolkit, […]

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California Adopts Statewide Litter Objective

On April 8, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a statewide water quality objective aimed at reducing the amount of trash that finds its way into rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Trash discarded on land frequently ends up in waterways and the ocean when rain washes it into gutters and storm drains that flow […]

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New Study Quantifies Amount of Plastic in World Oceans

On Dec. 10, 5 Gyres Institute published a new report in the journal PLOS ONE that is the first global estimate of plastic pollution — both micro- and macroplastic. The study culminates over six years and 50,000 nautical miles of pelagic plastics research, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, according to the […]

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EU Agrees to Reduce Plastic Bag Use

In 2010, each person who lived in the European Union (EU) used 200 plastic bags on average, according to an estimate by the European Parliamentary Research Service. Estimates also suggest that more than eight billion plastic carrier bags became litter in the EU in 2010. In a business-as-usual scenario, consumption of plastic bags is only […]

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California To Manage Groundwater and Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

On Sept. 16, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed historic legislation to strengthen local management and monitoring of groundwater basins most critical to California’s water needs. The law puts California communities on a path to become more resilient to water shortages. The three bills signed by the governor create a framework for sustainable, local groundwater […]

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Washington D.C. Bans Styrofoam

On July 29, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed a law banning the use of Styrofoam in the District effective January 1, 2016. The ban is part of the “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2014.” The law will require restaurants, carry-outs, food trucks, and other entities that serve food to use compostable or recyclable food […]

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All the Way to the Ocean

The children’s book All the Way to the Ocean, a tale about stormwater pollution and its effects on marine life, is making it cool for kids to pick up trash.

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Studies Look at Scope and Solutions for Litter of Waterbodies

On Oct. 29, the University of California, Los Angeles released a report on marine litter. According to the report, 18 million Mg (20 million tons) of plastic is blown, washed, or dumped into the ocean each year. This trash concentrates in five gyres, propelled by ocean currents. Litter may seem relatively benign, but it is […]

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California Counties Ban Bags To Prevent Litter

Many cities in the San Francisco Bay Area have already banned single-use plastic bags. The Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association is urging remaining cities to do so. The association found that plastic bags contribute to 8% of litter in a 2012 baseline survey of Bay Area litter. Not only are bags a significant percentage […]

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Center for Biological Diversity Aims to Stop Plastic Pollution

On Aug. 22, the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set national water quality criteria for plastics. According to the petition, every year plastic threatens hundreds of thousands of marine mammals and sea birds due to entanglement and ingestion, and its main source is urban runoff. The Center for […]

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