Global Plastics Associations Take Action on Marine Litter

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Plastics Organization Leaders From Across the Globe Come Together To Create a Framework For Shaping Solutions On Marine Litter

HONOLULU, HI (March 22, 2011) – As part of their overarching contribution to providing sustainable solutions, representatives of plastics organizations from around the globe today released a “Global Declaration for Solutions on Marine Litter.” The declaration, announced at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, describes steps that the industries will take, and suggests approaches and platforms for global cooperation and future partnerships

“Marine litter is a global problem, and it requires global solutions,” said Steve Russell, Vice President of Plastics for the American Chemistry Council. “We are pleased to come together with plastics organizations from around the world to leverage current programs and to generate the creative spark that launches innovative solutions.” 

“This joint global declaration on marine litter is aiming at taking part in shaping a solution to this complex societal issue. Plastics should not be part of the oceans, and marine litter is not acceptable. We take this issue very seriously” said Jacques van Rijckevorsel, President of PlasticsEurope. “Plastics contribute significantly to enhancing the quality of our lives, to preserving our resources, to reducing C02 emissions and to enabling innovation. However, they should be responsibly used and disposed of either via recycling or energy recovery.”

Inadequate waste management infrastructure, insufficient recycling, and littering are among the root causes of this worldwide problem. Plastics and plastics products producers from around the globe will use the declaration as a framework for action as they engage with world governments, NGOs, researchers, and other stakeholders on this critical issue.   

During the announcement, the plastics organizations also provided videos, presentations and fact sheets on industry-sponsored activities, programs, and research that already are underway. These include a number of public-private partnerships designed to raise awareness about litter prevention, recycling and recovery.

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The Declaration on marine litter can be found at: