A 19-year-old named Boyan Slat has come up with a clean-up process for the massive amounts of plastic debris in the oceans that he says would solve the problem in five years, reports Inhabitat. The solution would use an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that would span the infamous ocean garbage patches acting as a giant funnel. He's already won awards for the concept, has given a TEDx talk and had founded The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing his proposed technology.
Recycling Reinvented, a non-profit organization seeking to establish extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws at the state level, has commissioned Reclay StewardEdge, a Toronto-based consultancy, to produce a study that will document the "projected societal and economic costs and benefits associated with a uniquely American EPR system as well as the fees that producers will need to pay in order to finance the system." The study will focus on Minnesota as a case study state.
In Iowa, legislation has been introduced to expand the state's 35-year-old bottle bill to include bottled water and other containers, reports The Gazette. The bill is likely to be opposed by grocery stores, which will have to collect the containers. A representative for Hy-Vee, a company that operates drug stores and supermarkets in the state, told the paper that used bottles and cans are "essentially garbage and we don't think bringing garbage into grocery stores is a very good solution."
San Francisco may soon limit the sale of bottled water on city property in an effort to curb waste. The "bottle-free" ordinance is currently being drafted by the city's board of supervisors president, but is being opposed by the American Beverage Association.