Allyson Wilson (202) 249-6623
November 5, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 5, 2010) - The American Chemistry Council issued the following statement regarding the TEDx GreatPacificGarbagePatch event on November 5, 2010, which can be attributed to Steve Russell , vice president, plastics , American Chemistry Council.
 
The TEDx GreatPacificGarbagePatch event is another reminder of the importance of keeping trash out of our oceans. The debris in our oceans and on our planet's beaches illustrates a global problem that will require local and international solutions.

There is much to be done to prevent plastics from becoming marine debris in the first place, including making sure that communities have access to modern waste management options and infrastructure. Effective solutions will require cooperation on 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 all have a role to play. 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 innovating to reduce material use by continuously developing smaller, lighter packaging.  Our website, www.marinedebrissolutions.org , 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 what America's plastics makers are doing to help prevent marine debris .

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