News Marine Litter

14.12.2020

As reported elsewhere in this newsletter, further progress has been made in the commitment to combat granule losses. This at least is shown by the progress report relating to the OCS program of PlasticsEurope, the pan-European association of plastics...

14.12.2020

In October, the new progress report on Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) was published. This is a program from plastics producers in Europe aimed at avoiding granule losses (pellets, flakes and powders). The program is targeted at all players involved in...

14.12.2020

In September, the member states of the European Union agreed on a threshold value for marine litter on coasts. The figure that had been initially developed by the Commission is now valid and is below 20 pieces of waste per 100 meters of coastline....

14.12.2020

In the lead article of Plastics News in October, Stewart Harris from the Chemistry Council in Washington reflects on the cooperation of industry on the subject of marine litter over the past ten years. His list of initiatives and projects begins with...

14.12.2020

By selling sunglasses with frames made of recycled plastic retrieved from the sea, the people responsible for "The Ocean Cleanup" project headed by Dutchman Boyan Slat want to do something different to raise money for the project after the it...

14.12.2020

This international conference took place from 23 to 27 November – not, as planned, on the island of Lanzarote but online. In fact, more than 1,000 people took part in the predominantly virtual conference MICRO 2020. It was the third edition of the...

07.09.2020

The BKV is participating in the joint project "MicBin – Microplastics in Inland Waters" within the BMBF research program "Plastics in the Environment – Sources, Sinks, Solutions". One of the work packages in the MicBin joint project has now been...

07.09.2020

From 20 – 21 April 2021, the concluding conference of the research program of the Federal German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) “Plastics in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions” will take place in Berlin.

06.09.2020

A research team from the Alfred-Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), has come to a surprising conclusion after carrying out a laboratory study, namely that sea bass excrete almost all the microplastic particles...

05.09.2020

The Australian research organization CISRO and the Dutch University of Utrecht came together to examine the question of what happens to the "missing plastics", in other words the quantities of plastic waste that should arithmetically be present in...