Fact Sheet: Plastic and Incineration

We have too much plastic that has nowhere to go...Can we just burn it? Short answer: no! Burning is the most harmful way to handle plastic waste. It turns one form of pollution into others, including air emissions, toxic ash, and wastewater....

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Fact Sheet: Chemical Recycling

  Questions and Answers: Chemical Recycling Industry is now pushing for a new technological fix for plastic waste, called "chemical recycling." New proposals are popping up in Australia, the EU, Indonesia, Malaysia,Thailand, and the U.S., increasingly...

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Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

Everyone knows what causes climate change: fossil fuels. What’s less known is that plastic is also a climate polluter, as it is made from fossil fuels, such as crude oil, coal, and natural gas.  New research published by Center for International...

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Are Businesses Ready to Beat Plastic Pollution?

Millions of tonnes of plastic waste leaks into the world’s oceans every year. Though these are local, the problem of plastic production, waste generation, and plastic pollution is global. Global plastic production has increased steadily and has reached 320 million...

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Plastics and health

We Can’t Burn Away Our Plastic Problem By Claire Arkin, Communications Coordinator     When we hear about plastic pollution, it often takes the form of sea turtles with straws up their noses, seals with plastic nets around their necks, and seabirds with...

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Recycling is Not Enough

Industry is planning to quadruple the amount of plastic on the planet by 2050. Even with the best possible global recycling rate, the amount of plastic polluting the environment would still DOUBLE. Recycling is not enough, we need less plastic.

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Gasification, Pyrolysis, Plasma Arc: False Solutions to Plastic Pollution

Our network’s experiences in countries around the world have shown that incineration, gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma arc are at best a distraction from real solutions, and at worst a source of serious climate and toxic pollution. As part of the Break Free From Plastics movement, we know that this isn’t just about managing the problem. It’s about preventing it in the first place.

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TEDx: Plastic Is the New Smoking

Think of the Gulf oil spill only a couple thousand miles longer. A loosely formed mass of plastic paraphernalia stretches from the beaches of Santa Monica, all the way across the Pacific Ocean, the other end of this unwieldy but deadly man made monster reaching the eastern Chinese coast. Thus the subject of a one-day conference at the Annenberg House entitled “The TED Great Pacific Garbage Patch” put on by the folks at the Plastic Pollution Coalition.

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