Microbads

“Scientists working at Bath University have now come up with a method to make microbeads out of cellulose, a starch found in wood and plants.
Tests have been carried which show the beads can be processed to be soft or hard but can also biodegrade into sugar in a short period of time.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/06/new-solution-to-plastic-pollution

Has anyone tried using sand? It may be less of a problem for marine life.

Time to try some plastic microbead-free products?

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Incinerating incontinence

“The cabinet secretary for external affairs revealed that despite reports that the UK government may move [President Trump’s] visit to Scotland, no discussions have taken place between the two governments on the expected visit.” https://www.greens.scot/news/trump-visit-details-sought-by-greens-at-holyrood

There’s that partnership of equals again. Dump Trump on Scotland like so many tons of toxic waste…

“Huge volumes of what are known in the trade as ‘absorbent hygiene products’ are produced in the UK. But it is difficult to deal with as its dampness makes incineration expensive. Dumping the waste in landfill is the other current option, but the material takes decades to degrade and heavy and rising landfill taxes are aiming to end the practice. …
‘The great thing about life today is people are living longer, but what comes with that is often incontinence issues. We want this to be a growing issue, because we want people to live longer.'” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/20/british-tampons-and-nappies-set-to-fuel-power-stations

Look forward to a long old age, fuelling power stations.

Plexit

“The UK exported more of its plastic packaging waste abroad for recycling in 2016 than in any of the three years previously. …
More plastic waste is now making its way to Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. … The three countries are all significant sources of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans, mainly due to poor waste collections and management.” http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988755/uk_exporting_67_of_plastic_waste_amid_illegal_practices_warnings.html

This news will hearten those who fear Britain’s international trade will suffer from Brexit: the UK is already a key player in Asia’s dirty economy.

Repackaging

“By 2030, EU states would have had to recycle 70% of their municipal waste, 80% of product packaging, 60% of plastic packaging, 60% of plastics, 80% of wood and 90% of ferrous metals, aluminium and glass.
But the package was withdrawn by the incoming EU president, Jean-Claude Juncker, after industry protests. The backlash that provoked from environmentalists led Juncker’s deputy, Frans Timmermans, to promise a revised proposal that would be “broader, more ambitious [and] more effective”.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/20/eu-drops-food-waste-marine-litter-reduction-targets-leak-reveals)

The package itself needed 80% recycling.

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Potaturbine

“The new bio-refinery at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Carlisle factory is expected to produce 3,500 megawatt hours (MWh) each year in electricity and the equivalent of 5,000MWh in steam to help power the factory. The anaerobic digestion plants will use potato waste from the factory’s mashed potato and pie manufacturing lines as a feed stock.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/29/mashed-potato-to-power-food-factory)

Their other rotten potato products are destined for incineration.

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Gastrocomical

“As many as nine out of 10 of the world’s seabirds are likely to have pieces of plastic in their guts, a new study estimates. … ‘It’s pretty astronomical,’ said [the] study coauthor.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/01/up-to-90-of-seabirds-have-plastic-in-their-guts-study-finds)

*Gastronomical or plastronomical.

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Dino-rods

“The European Union is trying to speed up thinking on the issue by demanding that member countries submit by August individual plans on how to deal with [nuclear] waste. … Switzerland has identified two areas, Zurich Northeast and Jurassic East, to be investigated as possible sites.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/19/us-nuclear-waste-idUKKBN0OZ1A020150619)

There is understandable nervousness about using the latter to park nuclear waste.