PolyTalk 2016
The Egg - Brussels
Barastraat 175, 1070 Brussel
16/03/2016 - 17/03/2016 (All day)
PolyTalk is our forum to engage with stakeholders in a transparent, forward looking dialogue. PolyTalk 2016 focuses on Marine Litter, a key issue for the image of plastics and corresponding business, which is global and very complex, involving a multitude of actors.
PlasticsEurope Contact
Wolfgang Lange
Phone :+32 2 676 17 33
Additional information

What do we know about marine litter? What policies are being implemented to prevent marine litter and create a circular economy?
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.

The setting
It 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 environment.”

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 accidental losses.
  • 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