The company also said that it plans to transition to using refillable in-room amenities in its hotels and on its cruise ships over the next few years; and that it will be reducing the number of plastic shopping bags in its parks as well as on its cruise line.
Starbucks announced on July 9 that it would phase out plastic straws from its stores by 2020. In the past few days, however, several U.S.-based groups have protested the policy, saying it will exclude some people with disabilities.
Recipe Unlimited – which owns these and other chains – plans to eliminate plastic straws from its entire restaurant network by March 2019, to be replaced by paper straws.
Plastic waste fished from the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans has been sculpted into a 38-foot-tall whale in Bruges, Belgium as part of the city’s Triennial Bruges 2018: Liquid City event.
The fast food giant announced on June 15 that it will replace plastic straws in all of its restaurants throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland – totalling about 1,300 locations – by 2019.
In the latest ban involving plastic straws, Swedish home furniture supplier Ikea has pledged to remove all plastic bags, straws and other single-use plastics products its stores globally, and from customer and employee restaurants in stores by 2020.
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada have partnered to establish some ambitious recycling targets designed to re-use, recycle, or recover 100 per cent of plastics packaging by 2040.
The Canadian fast food chain is making the switch to paper straws.
ReVital Polymers says that black plastics collected in recycling programs are an important resource and feedstock for its recycling business.
The European Plastics Converters association and the European Bioplastics trade association are both speaking out against the EU’s proposed ban.
The draft rules would ban the 10 single-use plastic products said to make up 70 per cent of all marine litter, including plastic cotton swabs, plates, and swizzle sticks.
Newly-released photos and video footage show plastic is among the garbage at the deepest point in the ocean.
The decision is drawing criticism from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, which notes that a recent public opinion survey shows the ban is highly unpopular with Vancouver residents.
The United Kingdom wants to take action to ban plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds, and is urging other Commonwealth nations – including Canada – to follow suit.
Recycling rates in the U.S. for non-bottle rigid plastics and plastic film wraps each improved by 10 per cent in 2016, according to two recently released reports.
Victoriaville, Que.-based waste management firm Gaudreau Environnement has received a $49,250 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition to fund a foam densifier that will allow it to capture more expanded polystyrene packaging for recycling.
The doughnut and beverage restaurant chain will phase new double-walled paper cups into U.S. restaurants beginning in spring 2018.
A study by UK’s University of Plymouth says that by tearing apart solid plastics, marinelife actually contributes to the spread of microplastics in the marine environment.
Under a new bylaw, businesses will be prohibited from providing customers single-use plastic bags. Enforcement is set to begin in January 2019.
Plastic bottle recycling declined slightly in 2016, slipping 2.4 per cent to just over 2.9 billion pounds, a new report said.