In the News: European Parliament adopts new rules on single–use plastics to reduce marine litter

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The European Parliament has implemented new rules on single-use plastics as part of the fight against global marine litter. The Single-Use Plastics Directive voted on by the European Parliament includes a ban on single use plastic products for which alternatives exist (such as cotton buds, straws, and plastic cutlery), an ambitious collection target for plastic bottles, Extended Producer Responsibility schemes …

We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution history

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PERC co-director Trisia Farrelly, writing for The Conversation, outlines the fallacies associated with current methods of dealing with plastic waste. She describes how plastic recycling and plastic-to-energy schemes are not safe or viable solutions to a matter of serious international concern. She argues a “global, legally binding treaty with clear targets and standards is the real game-changer we urgently need”. …

Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics

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PERC is very pleased to announce that the book Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics has been accepted for open access publication with Athabasca University Press (AUP). The book is edited by PERC co-directors Trisia Farrelly and Sy Taffel with Professor Ian Shaw. Plastic Legacies’ genesis was the online conference ‘The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic.’

2017 Marine Plastic Innovation Challenge

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The 2017 Marine Plastic Innovation Challenge seeks to highlight solution-oriented engineering, research, and communication efforts that can help solve the global marine litter problem. Four categories have been defined within the challenge, with one winner from each to be announced at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California in March 2018. Winners will have the opportunity to present …

The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic Keynote Speaker Announcement

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PERC is pleased to announce that Professor Ian Shaw will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming conference The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic. Professor Shaw is an author, broadcaster and academic. He has worked in government science, the pharmaceuticals industry and in several universities. He rose to the dizzy administrative heights as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Science) at the University of …