News Marine Litter

09.01.2020

With a new funding program to set up disposal and recycling structures in Asia and Africa, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) is focusing on countries and river regions in which the largest quantities of waste end up in the seas.

08.01.2020

In May 2019, more than 30 organisations from industry, science, civil society and public institutions founded the PREVENT Waste Alliance in Germany, which, as a platform for exchange and international cooperation, aims to advance the setting-up of...

08.01.2020

In September 2019, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) joined the STOP project, which Borealis and SYSTEMIQ founded in 2017. STOP develops solutions oriented to the circular economy with the aim of reducing pollution from plastic littering in...

04.09.2019

Until now, the role of tyre abrasion in the pollution of the waterways has not been taken into account in the model "From Land to Sea – Model for the documentation of land-based plastic litter". However, in view of the increasingly common custom of...

04.09.2019

An international project team under the leadership of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) recently spent five weeks in the Pacific Ocean examining the occurrence and final destination of microplastics in the oceans. The expedition...

04.09.2019

Plastics are valuable materials – a view shared by Germany's Federal Environment Agency (UBA). However, because plastics can also become a big problem later if they end up in the environment as litter, the Agency has submitted a new paper that gives...

04.09.2019

The Empa study focuses on seven plastics, namely polyethylene (LDPE and HDPE), polypropylene, polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, PVC and PET that are used in packaging, textiles, insulation materials and agricultural film. The research team says it...

04.09.2019

Environmental scientist Professor Bernd Nowack heads a research team at the Swiss research institute Empa that is looking among other things into environment pollution caused by plastic waste. Empa has just published a much acclaimed study on...

04.09.2019

Several media in Germany recently reported that the EU was considering a ban on artificial turf pitches – apparently because rubber granules stick to shoes and clothes when playing on artificial turf and can thus get into the environment. However, a...

04.09.2019

Borealis, one of the world's leading plastics producers, is convinced that a rapid and comprehensive switch to a circular economy is an important way to help solve the problem of plastics in the oceans. For this reason, Borealis has, as a founding...