Dr. Jenna Jambeck

When a huge floating gyre of plastic waste was discovered in the Pacific in the late 1980s, people were shocked. When whales died and washed ashore with stomachs full of plastic, people were horrified. When photographs of beaches under knee-deep carpets of plastic trash were published, people were disgusted.

Though some of it came from ships, most, presumably, was from land. But how much was coming from where?

AP Photo/Sergei Grits

It’s been six months since China began enforcing their new policy banning the import of non-industrial plastic waste.

Today University of Georgia scientists published their calculations of the global impact China’s “National Sword” policy may have on waste reduction efforts.

Before the ban, about 4,000 shipping containers of recyclables left US ports for China every day.

UGA Professor Recognized for Research

Jun 11, 2018

A University of Georgia researcher is receiving national recognition for her work. College of Engineering professor Jenna Jambeck is a professor in UGA’s College of Engineering has been selected as a National Geographic Explorer due to her pioneering research in plastics.

The magazine’s June issue kicks off the start of a multi-year campaign called “Planet or Plastic.” It’s urging everyone to become more thoughtful about single-use plastic.


Jun 8, 2015

Dr. Jenna Jambeck returns to the program to discuss how smiley faces and counters on recycling bins improve sustainable waste practices. Her kickstarter campaign, WeRecycle has designed bins that maximize public recycling. Dr. Jenna Jambeck is an Environmental Engineer and Associate Professor in University of Georgia’s College of Engineering.

Marine Debris Tracker

Apr 21, 2015

Ocean cleanup? There’s an app for that! Dr. Jenna Jambeck’s Marine Debris Tracker made it on an Apple executive’s list of apps you can’t live without. Host April Sorrow speaks to Dr. Jambeck, Environmental Engineer and Associate Professor in University of Georgia’s College of Engineering, about why it’s important to track marine debris and the heartwarming time her son said “Mommy, your app is making the world better.”