Eight million tonnes of plastic are going into the ocean each year

Author: Britta Denise Hardesty & Chris Wilcox
Date: 15 November, 2015
  You might have heard the oceans are full of plastic, but how full exactly? Around 8 million metric tonnes go into the oceans each year, according to the first rigorous global estimate published in Science today. That’s equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every metre of ...

Melbourne University: “build it and they will recycle”

Author: Beroze Dubash
Source: Resource Recovery
Date: 06 October, 2014
Melbourne University has broken new ground with the most comprehensive local study to date on facility level source separation. The ‘Build It and They Will Recycle’ study, studied on campus source separations system with the aim of identifying best practise. The study used a combination of a l...

Great Pacific Garbage Patch puts fish on ‘plastic diet’

Author: ABC
Date: 17 June 2014
Researchers are about to head to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to spend a month analysing the huge build-up of rubbish that's polluting the ocean. The patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex, was discovered in 1988 by Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Institute in Califo...

‘Repair cafés’ are about fixing things – including the economy

Author: Jade Herriman
Date: 20 May, 2014
Image your smartphone’s screen gets smashed, or your bike wheel gets buckled, or your favourite boots get a hole in them. What do you do? You could buy a replacement. Or you could join the worldwide trend of taking your broken stuff to a “repair café”. The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre h...

CSIRO finds no Australian beaches are rubbish free

Author: Greg Muller
Source: ABC
Date: 24 April, 2014
Researchers from the CSIRO have found everything from crocodile handbags to American milk bottles on our beaches. They say that from Sydney Harbour to the remote west coast of Tasmania, there's no beach in Australia that is rubbish-free. Greg Muller reports.   Senior research scientist ...

Europe votes to slash plastic bag use

Author: Reuters
Source: ABC
Date: 22 April, 2014
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT passed a directive on Wednesday aimed at cutting the use of thin single-use plastic carrier bags by 50 per cent by 2017 and 80 per cent two years later. The directive leaves it to individual states to choose their strategy, for example taxing bags or banning them. EU ministe...

CSIRO study finds some of Australia’s remote beaches are most polluted

Author: Jake Sturmer
Source: ABC
Date: 11 April, 2014
A new study of Australia's dirtiest and cleanest beaches has revealed some surprising results. CSIRO researchers have spent two years surveying Australia's entire coastline, counting rubbish on sections of sand and sea every 100 kilometres.  The survey of more than 175 beaches found the dirtiest ...

This edible water blob could replace plastic bottles

Date: 10 April, 2014
Plastic water bottles have long been recognised as a big problem for the environment, so much so that San Francisco recently banned the sale of bottled water on city property. But a new invention from a group of UK students could offer a solution. Ooho! is a spherical membrane for carrying water...

Plane Search Shows World’s Oceans Are Full of Trash

Author: Laura Parker
Date: 07 April, 2014
Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner. But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing equipment, cargo container parts, or plastic shopping bags, a new narrative is emerging ...