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I'm Dana Perino. I'm Brian Kilmeade. I'm Shannon Bream, and this is the Fox News rundown. Friday, August 21st, 2020, I'm trying personal protective equipment plays an important role during the coronavirus outbreak, but needs to be disposed of properly.

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A lot of the time these items are ending up being littered in parking lot sidewalks, into open waste receptacle. And when there's a storm or a heavy gust, those items can very easily be lifted into waterways or washed down storm drains.

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This is the Fox News rundown. Global pandemic. Billions of pounds of plastic enter oceans around the world each year, now single use medical equipment is adding to that problem. Over the next few minutes, you'll get the latest headlines on the global covid-19 outbreak and hear from the global head of Brand at Four Ocean, Tim Binder starting first in Germany that recorded its highest number of cases this week since April. On Thursday, Germany added Croatia to its list of red countries, meaning travelers who return from the location will have to take a covid-19 test and enter quarantine upon return.

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Germany has seen more than 230000 total cases and more than 9000 deaths. Now to Jordan. That has had one of the best responses to covid-19 around the world. The first two weeks of August, Jordan saw just 131 positive results and had less than 1500 total cases since the outbreak began. The Jordanian shut a border crossing with Saudi Arabia this week after seeing a small increase in cases. Finally in India, where the country is approaching three million total cases in the capital of New Delhi, 150000 cases have been reported.

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Officials there say millions more are likely infected. A new report says air quality in India is improving during coronavirus lockdown's. Still, the issue of medical material waste remains a problem in India and around the world. So what is being done to stop all of this single use material from polluting Earth's oceans?

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One of the biggest concerns right now with the coronavirus pandemic is that there are one hundred and twenty nine billion masks and 65 billion gloves being produced each month to combat this crisis.

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This is Tim Binder, the head of Brand at for Ocean.

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Obviously, it's extremely important for us all to be safe and take care and use these things to help subside the spread of the virus. But at the same time, what we're seeing is a disregard for how these items are responsibly discarded. So a lot of the time, these items are ending up being littered in parking lots, in sidewalks, into open waste receptacles. And when there's a storm or a heavy gust, those items can very easily be lifted into waterways or washed down storm drains and end up in our oceans.

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And obviously, when that happens, you have plastic pollution, you have marine animals confusing these items with food, which then results in ingestion, entanglement and ultimately death.

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And so this is a major problem to begin with. And the coronavirus outbreak appears to just be making the issue worse. How big is the issue of ocean pollution?

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I mean, it's a massive issue right now there. It's estimated that nine to 12 million tons of plastic is entering the oceans every single year. Recent studies have projected that that number could actually triple by the year 2040. So this is continuing to grow and there are lots of different organizations that are taking different approaches to help combat that. But at the end of the day, the biggest thing that we can do is really reduce or eliminate the need for single use plastics in the first place.

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What sort of things are you finding in harbors as a result of the covid-19 pandemic? I watched a video of one of the pieces of your technology that skims plastic off the surface of the water. And it looks like a very efficient piece of technology. And the fact that workers can actually look and see what is being collected, I imagine you get a better idea of what's happening and how the types of things we're finding in oceans is changing.

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That's right. Yeah. For ocean, you know, our focus is to always try to leverage the most innovative technologies that are available to us. And and the mobile skimmer that you mentioned is one of those. We also implement a system that we like to call boats, booms and boots. And so a lot of our crews around the world, you know, operate small vessels, use fishing net to to pull things out, set up boom systems that you'll often see used to contain oil spills.

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We found that you could use those on rivers or canals to be able to block and trap plastic before it enters into the oceans. And then, of course, we use our our crews that often picked up plastic pollution on coastlines or beaches or in harbors, as you mentioned by hand. So, you know, what we see out there is everything. I mean, we see things from mattresses to TVs. The most common items that we often find are plastic bags, bottles, straws and food containers.

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Recently for ocean hit, a big milestone.

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And there was. A new launch also of ocean plastic products. Tell me about this and in sort of where all of this is headed. Sure.

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We at Fourchon are extremely excited to celebrate a milestone for us. We just passed our 10 million pound of plastic trash collected from the oceans. So this is this is a huge milestone for our organization. But we obviously now understand it's a drop in the bucket when it comes to the overall global crisis that there is with plastic pollution. You know, we our crews have been working extremely hard to collect that plastic, bring it back to our facilities, sort it, clean it and find ways to reuse it.

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So everything that we get, we try to either up cycle or recycle with third party partners. What we just recently announced is the four ocean upcycling program where we are now taking those plastics and rubbers and other materials and turning it into new things that can be that could be used in new products for for ocean that not only help continue to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution, but can also be reusable. So we're also eliminating the need for new products.

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And some of those that will first start rolling out for us are cell phone cases. We're doing a necklace line and we have a few other things planned for next year that I'm just not able to talk about yet.

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You've been listening to Tim Binder, the head of Brand at for Ocean. We'll be right back.

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Living the Dream is a podcast hosted by Fox News Channel's Shannon Bream, sharing inspirational stories, personal anecdotes and an insider's perspective on actions and rulings from the High Court. Subscribe and listen now by going to Fox News podcasts. Dotcom, America's listening to Fox News. It seems like this is cutting edge in terms of trying to use the material that's collected that otherwise would just be considered waste and really by definition, recycle it and reuse it during the larger pandemic that's happening.

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It's difficult to make people care. I find that oftentimes when we're talking to advocacy groups or we're talking to companies who are doing a lot in their fields and making changes that are important for all of humanity, sometimes these things get passed over when the focus is on coronavirus and someone may say, well, hey, you know, we've got all this medical waste in this gear, but that's the most important thing right now. How do you respond to those people and how do you find that balance to do both?

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Yeah, no, it's a great question and it's certainly relevant to the Times. What I would say is that from our supporter base, we have not seen a decline in support. So I think the people that truly love and support for Ocean, we call them the Clean Ocean Movement there, they remain dedicated and they understand that ocean plastic pollution is one of the biggest issues in the entire world that needs to be handled and dealt with. So they remain consistent.

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I think overall, where you're seeing the difficulty is actually, you know, being able to break through a news cycle or continue to keep it relevant with potential new supporters or people that may have not heard of this before. And and we're having trouble potentially reaching those that audience. It's still extremely relevant. I think it's going to continue to be relevant. And as we as we just talked about, with the coronavirus pandemic and continuing to put billions of masks and gloves into our waterways, it's only going to remain consistent.

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And you're going to see that grow in the next few years for sure.

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Do you plan to look at the consumption patterns of people? I imagine the way people are throwing out trash changes whenever you have lockdowns across the country. It's something that I just thought of now. But I imagine is is something that changes when people are not going out to eat, for example, and and not even sometimes going out to take the trash.

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Absolutely. That's one of the biggest causes right now of plastic pollution, is you're seeing the amount of food containers rise. You're seeing some of the waste management systems that normally we would be getting money from local municipalities. That money is being diverted to deal with coronavirus. So you're seeing, you know, local establishments potentially abandoning the recycling programs that they may have, which is a huge cause for concern. I do think that there are some efforts taking place.

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There's there's legislation that's being offered like the break free from Plastic Pollution Act. There are there's the World Wildlife Fund that is put out a recent push for a focus on plastic and holding brands accountable for, you know, really having transparency when it comes to their their product sourcing. So there are efforts that are happening to help that. But you're right. I mean, we need to do whatever we can to make sure that the products that we're buying and using are actually recyclable in the first place.

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And if your local municipality does not collect recyclable items, sometimes you got to take that extra step to take it to a recycling center to make sure that it's handled properly.

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The education aspect is so important in all of this, because I'm just thinking back to all of these images you see of people out at restaurants during the times of coronavirus, and so often because of the sanitation issue, you see even really nice restaurants using plastic forks and knives and disposable plates. And so I imagine that next step in education saying to people, hey, look, we understand that there are serious health issues to worry about right now, but there are ways to be both sanitary and also sustainable.

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Is that sort of the shift in focus?

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That's right. And, you know, being able to educate the millions at once is very hard right now. We acknowledge that. But at the same time, to your point, there are solutions. You can very easily bring reusable drink water with you on your daily journey through restaurants and parks. Wherever you're heading, you can bring reusable silverware to restaurants and use that as opposed to using plastic. And I think, you know, one of the common misconceptions that first started out with Korona was that reusable bags in grocery stores was unsanitary, which is not the case.

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And I think as long as you handle those materials properly and you disinfect and clean them after each use, it's perfectly safe to be to using reusable bags at the. She saw on your daily visits, I think it's an admirable journey that that four ocean is on and trying to ensure that the world can be both sustainable sanitary during these really uncertain times for everyone. And as you mentioned, this is an ongoing issue that will only get worse and does affect everyone in the long run.

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Tim Binder, the global head of Brand it for us. Tim, thank you again for your time. Thank you so much.

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