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Coverage of plastic bags since June 22, 2021.

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BC Wildfire Service issues warning about unapproved fundraising for Kootenay firefighters

"...“Personnel adhere to COVID-19 public health orders and guidelines to ensure that operations can continue safely throughout the province. In indoor areas, all personnel are required to physically distance, wear masks, and sanitize. As this is a requirement, the necessary products are provided, including masks,” said BCWS..."

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West Kootenay man spends 24 hours fighting wildfire with plastic bag

"...Craig Luke has discovered a new firefighting tool — a zip-top plastic bag..."

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The carts are coming, the carts are coming!

"...The new standardized recycling and organics carts will be delivered to your home. Beginning late August, crews will be deploying the two new carts, along with program material and a “kitchen buddy” to help with food collection indoors. Over 6,500 single-family households will receive new carts over the course of a few weeks, prior to the collection starting the week of September 13th..."

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Vancouver Island man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

"...UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B. C. marine biodiversity Chris BushJul..."

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Nanaimo man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

"...Bill Merilees, a retired B. C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B..."

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Ridge Meadows Recycling hit with yellow bag shortage

"...“We are currently doing a campaign to ask residents who mix their recycling together in a clear or blue plastic bag to use our boxes and bags and sort out their recycling into the different categories. Our workers pick up recycling at thousands of homes each day and it makes it much easier for them to be efficient,” said Day..."

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The Pandemic Poaching Pandemic Hakai Magazine

"...Miguel Torres spends most of his nights playing a game of cat and mouse. Along with seven colleagues, Torres, a wildlife refuge patrolman, conducts hourly sweeps around Ostional Beach, in northwestern Costa Rica, looking for sea turtle poachers. The key to winning this game, Torres says, is to be as dark as possible..."

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Research shows microbes play critical role boosting vigor of hybrid corn

"...The research by a team at the University of Kansas centers on "hybrid vigor," also known as "heterosis," a well-known phenomenon where crosses between inbred lines of corn and other crops produce offspring that outperform their parents in yield, drought resistance and other desirable qualities. Yet, the mechanisms underpinning heterosis are little understood despite over a century of intensive research..."

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Letter: Hire someone to sort recycling

"...It has never made any sense to me to have a pick up for recycling but then we are expected to take plastic bags, Styrofoam, light bulbs, batteries and glass to the Return-It or such..."

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Microbes in cow stomachs can break down plastic

"...Ribitsch and her colleagues looked at three kinds of polyesters. One, polyethylene terephthalate, commonly known as PET, is a synthetic polymer commonly used in textiles and packaging. The other two consisted of a biodegradable plastic often used in compostable plastic bags (polybutylene adipate terephthalate, PBAT), and a biobased material (Polyethylene furanoate, PEF) made from renewable resources..."

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Lego unveils brick prototype made from recycled plastic

"...The Lego Group is one step closer to reaching its goal of making all its products from sustainable material by 2030..."

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Esquimalt prepares to launch plastic checkout bag ban this summer

"...Esquimalt businesses will be no longer be able to provide single-use plastic bags at the checkout counter come August as the municipality looks to curb the volume of soft plastics winding up in the landfill. (Black Press Media file photo)..."

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Replace the plastic bag with a better bag! Kate Bezar, The Better Packaging Company

Duration: 31:37

"...The Better Packaging Company does just what you think it should: makes plastic packaging that?s compostable in your own backyard. ..."

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You Don't Need Single-Use Plastic Bags. You Need a Mask

Duration: 09:40

"...Source: WIRED Science: Space, Health, Biotech, and More..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about plastic bags.

Fixation How to have stuff without breaking the planet, with Sandra Goldmark

"...Marc is an Advocate for the SDGs, member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, and award-winning Global Food Reformist..."

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In Space, Every Poop Is a Floater: Why the New ISS Toilet Costs $23 Million

"...The space toilets today are a bit more advanced—similar to a toilet you’d find on Earth with some added function and a funnel to suck up any liquid waste, but solid waste is still deposited into plastic bags that are bundled with other trash before it is all shot back toward Earth to ultimately burn up in our atmosphere..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about plastic bags relevant to the latest news.

Recycling and management practices of plastic packaging waste towards a circular economy in South Korea

"...Approximately, 3 million ton of plastic packaging waste from household waste streams in 2017 in South Korea was generated and treated by energy recovery with solid refuse fuels and heat recovery, incineration without energy recovery, material recycling, and landfilling..."

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Fate of Biodegradable Polymers Under Industrial Conditions for Anaerobic Digestion and Aerobic Composting of Food Waste

"...The aim of this study was to simulate the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) treatment in laboratory-scale and to assess the biodegradation of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) water bottles and starch-based bags under real industrial conditions of anaerobic digestion and aerobic composting..."

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Valorisation of shrimp and rice straw waste into food packaging applications

"...The use of a local (shrimp and rice straw) waste as the source for biodegradable bags, turns food waste problem to being part of the solution of synthetic plastic waste..."

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Plastic bag consumption habits in the Northern Philippines

"...Results suggest that age, municipality, dumping solid waste in public areas compared to dropping it off at designated locations, and composting solid waste compared to dropping it off at designated locations are all predictors of weekly plastic bag consumption..."

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Analysis of barriers that impede the elimination of single-use plastic in developing economy context

"...Moreover, the dependence of customers over the plastic bag remains the same because it is light, flexible, and most importantly leak-proof and water-resistant..."

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Taxing Twenty-First Century Sins

"...Each one allegedly creates tax-justifying externalities: meat harms the environment and health; plastic bags have a negative environmental impact; automation?whether through artificial intelligence or robots?displaces workers; carbon feeds climate change..."

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Conclusion: Don?t Tax Sin, Forgive It

"...Far too often, experts and other paternalists make the case for taxing things like soda, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, meat, plastic bags, and more on the basis of exaggerated claims and weak social science..."

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Field effectiveness of improved hermetic storage technologies on maize grain quality in Central Mexico

"...Maize is the main crop cultivated by small scale farmers (SSF) in Mexico, and its production represents an important goal for local food security..."

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Environmental influence analysis of marine waste-oyster shell-plastic bag for waste treatment

"...The focus of our study was on identifying suitable plastic bags for the waste disposal problem conditions affecting the environment..."

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Sources of Microplastic in the Environment

"...Primary sources of environmental MPs include plastic pellets, personal care products containing microbeads, paint, washing wastewater, sewage sludge, plastic running tracks in schools, artificial turf, rubber road in cities, and vehicle tire wear..."

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