Up to 10,000 tons of plastic enters the Great Lakes annually, such as on Chicago's Lake Michigan.

Plastic: What Gets Thrown in the Great Lakes, Stays in the Great Lakes

We need to take control of the 10,000 tons of plastic entering the lakes each year—whether we recycle, reuse, or just outright ban the stuff.
Southeast Dispatch

Thanks to the Mississippi River’s trash stream, the Gulf has some of the highest concentrations of plastic in the world.

onEarth Story

China doesn’t want our plastic waste anymore. Instead of searching for another buyer, maybe some soul-searching is in order.

Personal Action

By simply using less plastic, you can help keep marine life from eating and getting entangled in garbage.

Q&A

NRDC’s Eric Goldstein gives the scoop on the latest environmental villain and explains why plastic straws really are a big menace to our oceans.

Personal Action

Try incorporating these small tweaks into your routine. You’ll throw out less trash, and help fight climate change at the same time.

Action Figure

Lizzie Carr is shining a light on what is floating through the world’s waterways, and breaking athletic records along the way.

Q&A

Darby Hoover, NRDC’s waste expert, says this “single stream” type of recycling is mostly about customer convenience, but the costs may outweigh the benefits.

Midwest Dispatch

The company wants to increase its groundwater withdrawals to 400 gallons a minute—but the community’s citizen scientists say enough is enough.

Midwest Dispatch

A joint United States–Canada report maps out the way to clean up the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem

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