What do we know about marine
policies are being
implemented to prevent marine litter and create a circular
What is the role of the plastics
industry in reducing marine litter? These and other equally challenging
questions were on the agenda of PolyTalk 2016, a two-day conference
organised by PlasticsEurope in Brussels on 16-17 March. With the title
"Zero Plastics to the Oceans” the summit gathered more than 250
high-level representatives from the world of politics, industry, NGOs,
media, science and academia to discuss solutions to marine litter.
was Patrick Thomas, CEO of Covestro and President of PlasticsEurope,
who set the scene in his opening speech at this year’s PolyTalk: "Marine
litter is a global challenge that needs a global solution. We want to
find the right answers to marine litter because our aim is for zero
plastics entering the oceans. The plastics industry is an important
industry to Europe. We have a key role to play in providing leadership
and best practice. We all share the same goal: to protect the
Already since 2010, PlasticsEurope identified marine litter prevention,
together with its waste management initiatives, as one of its core areas
of activity. In 2015, the G7 decided on an action plan for worldwide
efforts against marine litter. PolyTalk therefore was the perfect
occasion to discuss the following key positions of the industry:
- Any plastics waste entering the oceans is unacceptable, be it
because of careless behaviour, inappropriate waste management or
- Plastics waste is a valuable resource and should be treated as such.
- The plastics industry is joining efforts with key players to
support the generation of scientific knowledge, responsible citizen
behaviour and proper collection systems.
- Only joint efforts will make it possible to ensure that waste is collected for recycling or energy recovery.
… and also to exchange positions and share solutions to marine
litter with politics, science, NGOs and the value chain. PolyTalk 2016
thus was the perfect example that partnership between all relevant
stakeholders is on the way to act together to preserve oceans, coastal
areas and lands.
Further information, please see www.polytalk.eu