Prevention is key to stop Marine Litter at source

Plastics Industry continues to increase efforts to combat Marine Litter

Marine litter is a serious environmental challenge and a top priority for the European plastics industry and its global partners. This is why the European plastics industry sees the European Commission’s proposal of an EU reduction target for beach litter, within its communication on circular economy, as an opportunity to highlight the importance of litter prevention and awareness raising to trigger a behavioural shift in society.  

"Marine Litter is a global problem which requires global actions”, stated Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director of PlasticsEurope. "Our Global Action Plan, launched in 2011, today contains over 180 industry led projects for solutions to marine litter.” The industry initiative was initiated at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference and is today supported by 60 plastic industry associations in 34 countries.  

"This is a tremendous increase in participation, considering where we started,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. "As an industry, we have an important role to play in contributing sustainable solutions for marine litter.”   

"Across the globe and in a remarkably short amount of time, we’ve seen a ramp up of programmes that address marine litter, many of which involve cooperation with governments, non-governmental organisations, researchers, and other stakeholders,” added Karl-H. Foerster. "The cooperation between different stakeholders is crucial to tackle this very serious issue and we believe this is the right path to follow.”  

The Global Declaration - Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter - is a public commitment by plastics industries globally to tackle plastic waste in the marine environment. As part of this commitment, plastics industries associations around the world have published the annual progress report on marine litter which documents the projects underway around the globe. The document highlights six key areas to achieve a sustainable and better resource efficient society: education, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery and plastics pellet containment. Since 2013 the Global Declaration is part of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Partnership on Marine Litter.  

More information: Global Partners
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