A Qatar-based artist, who was one of two participants from the Middle East in the ‘Tokyo International Art Fair 2018’, is eyeing to hold a solo exhibition in the country to help raise awareness on the damages caused by plastic waste to the environment. Indian expatriate Swapna Namboodiri’s artworks belonging to the ‘For the Planet’ series were well-received at the art fair’s fourth edition held in May where more than 150 exhibitors from over countries participated.Gulf Times. She noted that she hopes to inspire others to think creatively when discarding plastic products. … [Read more...] about For the Planet, this expat artist turns plastic waste into art
Sharon George of Keele University in the UK asks a question we often ask: why can’t all plastic waste be recycled? A version of this article was originally published by The Conversation (CC BY-ND 4.0) The UK produced 11m tonnes of plastic waste in 2017, and recycled around two-thirds of it. Or so it seemed. A report by the UK National Audit Office (NAO) shows that over half of the UK’s recyclable waste is sent overseas for recycling, but much of it is likely to end up in landfill or the ocean instead. The recycling regime is a mess in the UK, but what’s stopping Britain from making all of its plastic waste recyclable and ensuring it is actually recycled? Public engagement has played a big part in tackling plastic waste in the environment. Reaction to scenes in Blue Planet II where marine wildlife struggled with plastic in the ocean prompted government action. The recent ban on microbeads in cosmetics and the 5p charge for … [Read more...] about Why can’t all plastic waste be recycled?
Jakarta is pumping out between 1,900 and 2,400 tons of plastic trash every day, according to the city’s environment agency. “Jakarta produces 7,000 tons of garbage every day, with some 1,900 to 2,400 tons of it being plastic trash,” agency head Isnawa Adji said during a plastic cleaning operation on Pramuka Island, Thousand Islands regency, on Friday as reported by kompas.com. Given the situation, Isnawa said, Jakarta was now the second-largest producer of plastic waste in Indonesia. “And residents use plastic products in their daily lives,” he added. Isnawa stressed that plastics, being non-biodegradable, were particularly dangerous for marine life, which could accidentally consume or be entangled in waste products. Such plastic waste can end up in humans, as demonstrated by a recent study by Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation, which found that around 80 percent of the fish they captured in the Brantas River in East Java had ingested … [Read more...] about Jakarta generates up to 2,400 tons of plastic waste daily
TEHRAN – Among the Caspian Sea states, Iran discharges the lion’s share of plastic waste into the sea, the deputy head of the Department of Environment (DOE) for marine affairs has said.Parvin Farshchi made the remarks in Tehran on Thursday on the occasion of Caspian Sea Day 2018, with a theme of “fight plastic pollution’s giant on the Caspian coast,” IRNA reported. The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed inland body of water on Earth by area. It is bounded by Kazakhstan to the northeast, Russia to the northwest, Azerbaijan to the west, Iran to the south, and Turkmenistan to the southeast. The sea has a surface area of 371,000 square kilometers and a volume of 78,200 cubic kilometers. Caspian Sea Day, which is annually observed by the Caspian Sea states on August 12, aims to raise awareness about the environmental ramifications of human interference with this valuable ecosystem. The day marks the Framework Convention, also called Tehran Convention, signed … [Read more...] about Largest amount of plastic waste enters Caspian Sea by Iran
Hidroelectrica, Romania’s biggest power producer, is losing money while cleaning the lakes that have been covered in plastic waste after the floods that hit several Romanian regions, the company’s general director Bogdan Badea said. Romania was hit by heavy rains and floods and the debris, including large quantities of plastic waste, ended up floating on many rivers and lakes. Hidroelectrica, which operates on several lakes and rivers, must clean the waters in order to be able to continue to operate. According to Hidroelectrica general director Bogdan Badea, the company is losing hundred of thousands of euros due to this type of pollution. The company will make sure it uses all means available to make sure it recovers the losses, he argued. “I want to be clear to everyone: not Hidroelectrica pollutes the lakes and rivers in Romania. Hidroelectrica loses money, estimated to be hundreds of thousands of euros. I can not give you an exact figure, it is not easy … [Read more...] about Hidroelectrica loses money operating on lakes covered in plastic waste after the floods