Allyson Wilson (703) 741-5171
April 13, 2010

Marine Debris Deserves and Demands 'All Hands on Deck'

ARLINGTON, VA (April 13, 2010) - The American Chemistry Council issued the following statement regarding the Ocean Conservancy's recently released "International Coastal Cleanup 2010 Report"
This year's report from the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup ( International Coastal Clean Up: Trash Travels ), is a necessary reminder that much needs to be done to keep trash out of our oceans.  The debris recovered from our planet's beaches illustrates a global problem that will require local and international solutions.
As the report declares:  "When we allow trash to fall from our hands… we create more than an eyesore… We've trashed our ocean and it's time for us to turn the tide."

We couldn't agree more.  There is much to be done to prevent plastics from becoming marine debris in the first place, and effective solutions will require community-based, regional and international partnerships.  That's why plastic makers are working diligently with elected officials, community leaders, nonprofit groups, and corporate decision makers to tailor and expand recycling programs and bolster anti-litter education. 

When it comes to protecting our oceans for future generations, we are all in the same boat.  For our part, America's plastics makers are promoting industry-wide practices to contain plastic pellets, partnering with governments and conservationists to encourage recycling and discourage litter, educating children on the link between our litter and marine health, working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to advance scientific understanding of marine debris, supporting Project Kaisei's research on the Pacific Gyre, and continuing to innovate and develop smaller, lighter packaging.  And our website is full of information to help educate people about marine debris and what they can do to help.

Plastics don't belong in our oceans; they belong in recycling bins .  Plastic materials are too valuable to waste and can be given a second life as carpeting, backyard decking , durable home building products and new bottles and bags.

Learn more about marine debris .

About the Plastics Division
The American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division represents leading companies dedicated to providing innovative solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow through plastics. Ongoing innovations in plastics have led to medical advances and safety equipment that make our lives better, healthier and safer every day. ACC members are finding innovative ways for plastics to help save energy, reduce green house gas emissions and decrease waste. Since plastics are a valuable resource, too valuable to waste, the Plastics Division is at the forefront of efforts to reduce litter through increased access to recycling, advancements in recycling technology, and public education.



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