The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 28th, 2018 evening edition

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Everyone from Marriott and Hyatt to Starbucks and McDonald’s are implementing their own plastic straw bans.

But according to a new report from NBC News, the source of our collective energy may be misplaced.

The report suggests that the biggest man-made contaminant of the world’s oceans is not plastic straws, or even plastic bags, but cigarette butts.

Cigarette butts are not only ubiquitous, but also their disposal has largely been unregulated, meaning a nearly unlimited number hit the seas.

A campaign, the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project, hopes to ban cigarette filters, which are made from cellulose acetate, a type of plastic that can take over a decade to decompose, according to NBC.

But so far, these efforts have fallen flat, with smokers predominantly preferring to flick their cigarette butts.

While tobacco companies and startups continue to look for alternative to growing cigarette waste, Novotny and others are fighting to get legislation passed that would ban cigarette filters. »

Kentucky City Lets Residents Pay Parking Tickets With Canned Goods

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According to CityLab, a new USPS report [PDF] finds that young people's appreciation for snail mail could help boost the often-struggling agency's fortunes in the future.

That's vital, because as it is, technological innovations like email and online bill payments are putting the USPS out of business.

But Millennials, it turns out, love mail, even if they don't want to pay their bills with it. »

Pearl Jam, Mike Shinoda, and more join suicide prevention campaign

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Members of Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, and Stone Temple Pilots are just some of the latest names to join the I’m Listening mental health and suicide prevention campaign.

As Billboard notes, the second annual I’m Listening campaign is set to take place on September 9th in the US, with a two-hour broadcast to help kick off National Suicide Prevention Week.

“In most parts of the world, suicide claims more lives than war, murder and natural disasters combined,” Shinoda explained. »