NCDOT, Volunteers collect 9M pounds of roadside litter

Good News Notes: “When consumer goods, often single-use disposables, are littered or improperly managed, this trash can find its way into rivers, streams and other waterways. These ultimately empty into our oceans, where the trash becomes marine debris, according to theEnvironmental Protection Agency. “In North Carolina, we take great pride in our natural resources, but…

The Ocean Cleanup Deploys Full-Scale System to The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Good News Notes: “The Ocean Cleanup has deployed its first full-scale system designed to clean-up ocean plastics to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The system, known as System002 or “Jenny”, left Victoria, British Columbia last Month on board a Maersk offshore supply vessel. “Jenny” builds on earlier tests conducted 2018 and 2019 and is the first full-scale…

Life Time to Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles by Labor Day

Good News Notes: “Life Time, the nation’s premier healthy lifestyle brand, announced today that it will stop selling water in plastic bottles at its 150+ athletic resorts across North America by Labor Day, cutting more than 1.6 million plastic bottles annually. The plastic bottles are being replaced by aluminum bottles with Life Time-branded natural alkaline spring water. While the vast…

OKC Zoo launches Plastic Free EcoChallenge in July

Good News Notes: “The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is encouraging consumers to shift away from single-use plastic dependency and make a change for the benefit of the world’s ecosystems by participating in the Plastic Free EcoChallenge during July. The premise for the EcoChallege is that disposable plastic items like grocery bags, straws and bottles are…

Coca-Cola Joins The Ocean Cleanup in Tackling Ocean Plastic Pollution

Good News Notes:  “As part of the effort to stem the tide of plastic pollution entering the world’s oceans, the Coca-Cola Company is joining with The Ocean Cleanup to expedite the deployment of cleanup systems in fifteen rivers around the world. The partnership is part of the Dutch non-profit foundation’s efforts to stop plastic pollution…

Japan, UNEP deepen cooperation on plastic pollution and post-conflict recovery

Good News Notes: “Japan and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a new cooperative effort to tackle plastic pollution across Asia and support post-conflict environmental recovery in Iraq and South Sudan. Japan will contribute US$6.9 million to four UNEP-led projects. The bulk of the funding will fund a second phase of the CounterMEASURE project,…

Tennessee 9-year-old reels in nearly 80-pound fish

Good News Notes: “A Tennessee 9-year-old earned bragging rights against his siblings when he caught and released a nearly 80-pound fish on a family trip. Coye Price was on a quest to catch a fish bigger than what his sisters reeled in when he hooked a 79.8-pound sturgeon in the area around Spencer Creek. Price’s…

Good, Better, Best — Eliminating Plastic Waste

Good News Notes: “The top three materials filling American garbage bins are paper, food waste, and plastic. Of the three, plastic may be the most problematic. Not only does its production use nonrenewable natural resources and energy, but unlike paper and food waste, it is neither biodegradable nor easily recyclable. Nonexistent a century ago, plastic…