His family fished for generations. Now he’s hauling plastic out of the sea.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

One catch at a time, Lefteris Arapakis is cleaning the Mediterranean.

Plastic pollution: Birds all over the world are living in our rubbish

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Birds from every continent except Antarctica have been photographed nesting or tangled in our rubbish. Photos were submitted by people from all over the world to an online project called Birds and Debris. The scientists running the project say they see birds ensnared – or nesting – in everything from rope and fishing line to balloon ribbon and a flip-flop. Nearly a quarter of the photographs show birds nesting or entangled in disposable face masks. The focus of the project is on capturing the impact of waste – particularly plastic pollution – on the avian world.

How New Jersey’s environmental justice law is beginning to affect operators around the country

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Environmental lawyer Matthew Karmel offers insight on the law’s newly-released draft regulations, plus M&A considerations and tips for navigating EJ risk assessments in any state.

When shipping containers sink in the drink

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We’ve supersized our capacity to ship stuff across the seas. As our global supply chains grow, what can we gather from the junk that washes up on shore?

How Covid made world’s trash problem uch worse

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In 2020, when coronavirus lockdowns emptied public spaces and birdsong replaced the drone of cars and airplanes, some saw an opportunity to embrace a slower, more mindful way of life and prioritize the health of the planet over boundless consumption. It hasn’t turned out that way. A surge in e-commerce and online meal deliveries means humanity is spewing out trash like never before. And an avalanche of discarded face masks, gloves, syringes and test kits that saved countless lives has left a deadly legacy to the natural world.

Waste companies worry PFAS research is not moving fast enough as they prepare for regulatory changes

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The waste industry urgently needs new and better methods to manage PFAS at landfills, professionals said at the Global Waste Management Symposium last week.

New tool to help solid-waste systems reach cost, environmental goals

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Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a free, user-friendly tool that makes use of multiple computational models to help solid waste systems achieve their environmental goals in the most cost-efficient way possible.

New underwater trash bins help clean up Anacostia River

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The Anacostia River has a trash problem; in fact it’s one of the few rivers in the U.S. that is officially considered impaired by trash by the Environmental Protection Agency, which implemented a “trash diet” on the river more than a decade ago.

D.C. is trying out a new tool in the fight against trash — underwater bins that suck debris out of the water. Seven of the contraptions, called Seabins, are being deployed by the nonprofit Anacostia Riverkeeper, funded by a $60,000 grant from the District Department of Energy and Environment and the U.S. EPA.

The future is full of zombie garbage

Read the full story at Hakai Magazine.

As the coast erodes, decades-old trash is coming out of the ground.

Breakthrough ocean cleanup technology hauls thousands of kilograms of waste from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Read the full story at Planet Ark.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch — the largest accumulation of ocean plastic on the planet — could soon be cleaned up thanks to a new device capable of collecting thousands of kilos of waste per trip.

Called System 002, and nicknamed ‘Jenny’, the device is the result of years of research by The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit that develops technologies to tackle ocean pollution. It is essentially a giant barrier that floats on the water’s surface, using currents to capture plastic while allowing marine life to pass below.