A new report from the United Nations “finds that biodegradable plastics, commonly found in plastic bags and bottles, degrade at extremely slow rates,” according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor. CFAES scientist Fred Michel is quoted in the story among others. The issue relates to the growing amount of plastic polluting our oceans. The authors of the report, according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, wrote: “There is a moral argument that we should not allow the ocean to become further polluted with plastic waste, and that marine littering should be considered a ‘common concern of humankind.’”
This Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, you can recycle your plastic flower pots and trays at CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum in Columbus. They’ll take nonfood-grade plastic foam packing material, too, such as Styrofoam. It’s another way to reduce what’s filling up (and being interred forever in) our landfills. Details.
An Ohio State student team has developed a new app called RecycleNow to help cities and other local governments quantify the social, economic and environmental benefits of recycling programs, according to a story by the Big Ten Network’s Matthew Wood. Neil Drobny, director of CFAES’s Environment, Economic, Development, and Sustainability major and coordinator of Ohio State’s Energy and Sustainability Cluster, helped the project get rolling. “The ultimate goal,” he said in the story, “(is) to get cities to recycle more.”
CFAES’s Neil Drobny offers tips for reducing, reusing and recycling holiday trash. Including, yes, old Christmas trees. Drobny is program director of CFAES’s fast-growing Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major.