Each Friday we provide you with the essential plastic news from the week. This week, we're pleased to be bringing you the latest updates from across the globe. Plus announcing this week's #PassOnPlastic hero!

#PassOnPlastic Hero of the Week

Congratulations to Nadia Sparkes aka Trash Girl for being this weeks #PassOnPlastic hero of the week!

13 year old Nadia has collected over 3,000 litres of rubbish whilst cycling to and from school. She has also campaigned with numerous charities for a cleaner world. Keep up the amazing work Nadia, you're doing a great job!

1. Malaysia to return 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste to UK and other countries

After sixty shipping containers filled with waste had been smuggled into Malaysia, they will now be returned to countries including the UK, America, Australia and Canada. The shipment contained a number of items from across the globe, including cables from the UK, CDs from Bangladesh and milk cartons from Australia.

Since China banned imports of the world's plastics in January 2018, other countries have been taking on a heavier load, including two-thirds of the UK's plastic recycling.

Read the full story here

2. Festivals to go single-use plastic free

By 2021 you can expect Reading and Leeds, Wireless and Download to all go single-use plastic free after concert promoter Live Nation pledged to eliminate single-use plastics from its venues and events.

Live Nation host over 35,000 concerts and events each year, meaning their impact will do our oceans a great service.

For more information, click here.

3. Can fashion retailers create a closed-loop business model?

Currently more than 300,000 tonnes of used clothing is estimated to be landfilled in the UK every year. That's why fashion retailers will be piloting more resource-efficient business models to determine whether they are effective solutions to the sector's waste challenges.

London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) also aim to help these retailers bring new business models to market for the first time, hoping to help guide other businesses learn from these trials.

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4. The world's first plastic-neutral nation

East Timor is set to become the world’s first country to recycle all its plastic waste. The Country partnered with Australian researchers to build a revolutionary recycling plant that will ensure plastic does not become waste but can contribute to new products instead.

You can learn more about the project here