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‘Single-use plastics’ to be phased out in Australia from 2025 include plastic utensils and straws
National agreement on items covered by ban should provide businesses with certainty and ease consumer confusion

Calla Wahlquist

15, Apr, 2021 @10:00 PM

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Airborne plastic pollution ‘spiralling around the globe’, study finds
Rising levels of microplastic pollution raise questions about the impact on human health, experts say

Damian Carrington Environment editor

12, Apr, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Surfers Against Sewage launches long-term plastic waste clean-up
Charity urges public to join Million Mile Beach Clean, created to mark emergence from UK lockdown

Sandra Laville

08, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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No bottle deposit return scheme for most of UK until 2024 at earliest
Scheme will not come into effect in England, Wales and Northern Ireland until at least six years after it was announced

Sandra Laville Environment correspondent

24, Mar, 2021 @5:38 PM

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How a 10-year-old from Wales scored a big win in the war on plastic waste
Skye Neville’s campaign against throwaway toys spurs Waitrose into action

Steven Morris

23, Mar, 2021 @4:24 PM

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John Oliver on plastics pollution: 'Our personal behavior is not the main culprit'
The Last Week Tonight host addresses the shooting in Atlanta that targeted Asian spas, as well as the plastics industry-fueled myth that recycling works

Adrian Horton

22, Mar, 2021 @3:20 PM

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Plastic particles pass from mothers into foetuses, rat study shows
Nanoparticles found in foetal brains and hearts, but impact on human health is as yet unknown

Damian Carrington Environment editor

18, Mar, 2021 @2:00 PM

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'It looks like snow': how Australia plans to fix the 'horrifying' blight of expanded polystyrene
A study by the Yarra Riverkeeper Association found about half the litter in the river was expanded polystyrene

Graham Readfearn

13, Mar, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Australia's voluntary and state-based schemes are failing to enforce plastic targets
Exclusive: Government review finds no companies have been investigated or penalised over packaging in the past four years

Graham Readfearn

12, Mar, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Queensland passes laws banning 'killer' single-use plastics
Environmentalists hail ‘fantastic news’ for the state’s turtles, whales and seabirds

Graham Readfearn

11, Mar, 2021 @12:47 AM

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Polystyrene to be phased out next year under Australia's plastic waste plan
Conservation groups welcome aspects of the largely voluntary packaging and recycling targets but warn regulation will be necessary

Graham Readfearn

04, Mar, 2021 @9:12 AM

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Victoria bans single-use plastics by 2023 to slash amount going to landfill
Environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio says single-use plastics such as straws and plastic cups make up a third of the state’s litter

Melissa Davey

27, Feb, 2021 @3:35 AM

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