Working Solutions

Today, people are starting to pay attention to the plastic problem. Kenya in Africa joined a growing list of nations that have banned plastic bags. Those that break the rule get fined or sent to jail! France said it would ban plastic plates and cups by 2020. Bans on plastic in cosmetics will take effect this year in seven countries.

Corporations are also responding. Coca‑Cola produces bottled water. It's announced a new goal. It hopes to “collect and recycle” all of its packaging by 2030. Other companies, like PepsiCo, Amcor, and Unilever have pledged to convert to 100 percent reusable or recyclable packaging by 2025.

These bales of plastic were collected by Italian fishermen. They are on their way to be recycled.

System 001, created by Boyan Slat, is a floating cleanup system designed to collect ocean plastic.

Individuals are making a difference, too. Boyan Slat, 24, from the Netherlands, intends to clean up a large garbage patch in the North Pacific. His organization has raised more than $30 million. They are working to build an ocean‑sweeping system to collect trash.

Solutions can be found. People can make a difference. You can help, too.

San Francisco’s largest recycling plant handles up to 600 tons of materials a day.

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