Recently, researchers have reported on two different ways to break down different kinds of plastic. The new advances could lead to easier, high-quality recycling, and help deal with toxic plastic pollution.
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On Sunday, a new law banning single-use plastic bags in New York state came into effect. Though the move will have a positive effect on the environment, there could be some difficulties as New Yorkers adjust to the plan.
The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo next year. Japan has made 5,000 medals for the winners. But these Olympic medals are more special than most - they are made entirely out of recycled electronics.
David Katz was upset by all the plastic going into the oceans. To help solve the problem, he had an unusual idea - to treat plastic like money. Mr. Katz calls his idea the "Plastic Bank".
A six-year struggle between the Philippines and Canada over trash which was shipped as "recycling" is finally ending. Canada has agreed to take back its trash.
Taiwan was once known as "Garbage Island". Now it is a world leader, recycling more than half of its waste in a business that brings in over $2 billion a year.
Last week, almost every country in the world except the United States signed a new agreement to control plastic waste. The new agreement should help track plastic waste and make sure more of it actually gets recycled.
Since the 1970s, people in many countries have been taught to recycle. Now, many places are cutting recycling programs, and often items that are sent off for recycling are never recycled at all.
In 2015, two inventors had an unusual idea - what if you recycled plastic, and turned it into a road? The world's first plastic bike path is now testing their idea.
In 2016, scientists found a tiny life form that could "eat" plastic. Now other scientists have figured out a way to make that bacteria eat plastic even faster.