World's Plastics Associations Promote Sustainability and Resource Recovery, and Renew Commitments to Marine Litter Solutions

Today at the 24th Global Meeting on Plastics and Sustainability , the world’s leading plastics associations announced continued progress since the launch of the Global Declaration of the Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter in March 2011 which at that time identified 100 projects.  Since then, there are now more than 140 industry projects tackling Marine Litter.  At the three-day meeting, participants also discussed strategies to address sustainability, and called on other plastics producers, as well as brand owners, retailers and institutions to consider undertaking similar efforts.  

Plastics associations from Malaysia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, South Africa, and the United States analysed current projects to prevent littering, with a specific emphasis on plastic. As a result they called for improvements in plastic resource recovery and waste management since 80% of marine litter originates from land. "Improving plastic recovery so that all plastics are collected and used as a valuable resource for recycling and energy production is the most important step to prevent marine litter in the future.” said Dr Wilfried Haensel, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope. He called on governments around the world to integrate the issue of littering into their national waste management strategies and to increase public awareness about marine litter and its impact on marine ecosystems. "Every piece of litter has its owner”, concluded Dr Haensel. 

The plastics industry also made clear that more involvement of leaders from other business sectors is necessary. "We believe that strategic partnerships with intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and marine researchers offer a good opportunity for real progress, particularly on resource recovery.   Our industry has proven that it is determined to actively contribute to prevent marine litter. Therefore we now need the involvement of others to take our actions to the next level”, Dr Haensel commented. "Emerging technologies such as integrated recycling programs and energy recovery are possible solutions to prevent marine litter in particular in regions without integrated waste management infrastructure, in coastal areas with large populations, and on small islands nations. This requires working together with all interested organisations in partnerships”, he pointed out. 
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