Greening food preservation nourishes the environment

As consumers seek fewer preservatives in packaged food—while the environment needs less plastic waste—Cornell scientists are finding ways to make active packaging materials with a biologically-derived polymer that helps ...

United States is world's biggest plastic polluter, report finds

The United States is by far the biggest contributor to global plastic waste in the world, according to a new report submitted to the federal government Wednesday that called for a national strategy to tackle the growing crisis.

Turning plastic grocery bags into sustainable fuel

More than 300 million tons of plastic waste are produced annually, which causes serious environmental issues because of plastic's life cycle and the difficulty of eliminating it.

Predicting and controlling dioxins

Dioxins are a group of toxic and persistent environmental pollutants. These compounds are formed through a variety of processes but commonly through incomplete combustion of organic matter. Levels are usually monitored in ...

Waste-to-energy plants add to Delhi's pollution woes

An official report admitting to toxic emissions being generated by three waste-to-energy (WtE) plants operating in the Indian capital has thrown a question mark on the future of WtE incinerators as a way to deal with the ...

COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the U.S. recycling industry. Waste sources, quantities and destinations are all in flux, and shutdowns have devastated an industry that was already struggling.

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