Styrofoam container: banned from Washington DC

The citizens of Washington, D.C. will no longer see styrofoam containers in their daily lives. The City Council passed the "Sustainable D.C. Omnibus Act of 2014."

As of January 1, 2016, D.C. restaurants, supermarkets and food trucks will no longer be allowed to give customers single-use serving containers made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. Meat trays in grocery stores will be exempt.

Because EPS is more than 95 percent air, these products break apart easily, never biodegrade and litter parks, streets, river, lakes and oceans.

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Surfing: untreated human sewage is killing our spots | Photo: Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has launched a real-time water quality app that protects all water users from pollution.

The Safer Seas Service is a pioneering free service that sends alerts to water users when sewer overflows discharge untreated human sewage into the sea, and when water quality is reduced by diffuse pollution at 315 beaches across England and Wales.

Surfers Against Sewage is basically doing what the government should do for all citizens. The best British surf spots are, many times, threatened by dangerous diffuse pollution, the term given to pollution from multiple, often unidentified sources.

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Lego: washing up in Cornwall since 1997 | Photo: Lego Lost At Sea

In 1997, a total of 4,756,940 Lego pieces were lost in the waters of Cornwall. More than 17 years later, plastic daisy flowers, dragons, spear guns, pirates and octopus are washing up, for example, at Perran Sands, in the United Kingdom.

On the 13th February 1997, container ship Tokio Express was hit by a freak wave. As a result, the giant of the seas dropped 62 containers in the cold Cornish waters.

Since that day, the beaches are Cornwall are a treasure ground for Lego enthusiasts, and collectors. The container was lost 20 miles off the coast of Lands End, but rip currents, tides, winds and swells have kept the Lego pieces in the region.

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