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Virgin plastic pellets are the biggest pollution disaster you’ve never heard of

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When completed, Royal Dutch Shell's newest plant in Pittsburgh will produce millions of tons of plasticRead full story

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  • An incredibly important account of this concerning trend. It is significantly cheaper to produce products with new plastics rather than use recycled ones, and serious changes to the regulations and business models for these companies will be necessary. At the moment, with falling prices in natural gas

    An incredibly important account of this concerning trend. It is significantly cheaper to produce products with new plastics rather than use recycled ones, and serious changes to the regulations and business models for these companies will be necessary. At the moment, with falling prices in natural gas, these companies are incentivized to diversify their revenue streams in this way.

  • Given the costs of recycling, this is something that was forecasted more than a decade ago, so it is sort of surprising why it is causing a stir today. The arbitrage between virgin plastic and recycled plastic has been ongoing for the last 3 years. For those of us who have been champions of the environment

    Given the costs of recycling, this is something that was forecasted more than a decade ago, so it is sort of surprising why it is causing a stir today. The arbitrage between virgin plastic and recycled plastic has been ongoing for the last 3 years. For those of us who have been champions of the environment this is an economic issue that should be addressed through both regulations as well as incentives, and it should have been done a decade ago when they was first highlighted.

  • An interesting piece on an aspect of plastic production that is unregulated and causing unquantifiable damage to the environment. Don't be deceived by the cute name. Nurdles are not cute. Zoe explains why.

  • This story is mind-blowing and important

  • What? How? Why is this allowed???

  • Outlaw the production of plastics that do not biodegrade in salt water.

    Not that difficult-

  • Isn't there a simple solution to outlaw pellets? They can produce these in bricks that don't blow away and it will make the environment safer.

  • Et nous au Québec, comment nos lois nous protègent-elles de ce fléau qui attaque insidisieusement toute la vie aquatique?

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