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WASHINGTON (June 15, 2015) - The World Plastics Council (WPC) welcomes that the leaders of the G-7, at their recent summit in Germany, have defined a bold action plan to reduce marine litter. "Marine litter is a global challenge which requires a global response," said Mr Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, newly elected Chairman of the World Plastics Council and Executive Vice President, Polymers SBU, SABIC.

"The plastics industry is contributing a number of concrete solutions to this global challenge. One of these solutions is the  Operation Clean Sweep® programme which is currently being rolled out globally and along our value chains", said Al-Fageeh. The plastics industry is successfully contributing to reducing the loss of plastic pellets and we are pleased that the G-7 leaders have recognized this as an important measure."

WPC also welcomed that the G-7 leaders underlined the importance of improving countries' systems for waste management, reducing waste generation, and encouraging  reuse and recycling . Every kind of waste, regardless of the material it consists of, should be treated as a resource. Proper waste collection and management systems are indispensable. The WPC has taken a stand against plastic products ending up in the oceans.

The newly formed World Plastics Council is a forum for industry leaders to accelerate cooperation and alignment and to deliver improved outcomes for the benefit of society and the global plastics industry. It is committed to contributing to solutions to the global marine litter challenge. As an example, WPC is supporting action implementation initiatives like the global Marine Litter Solutions Coalition . Founded in 2011, this coalition is representing 60 associations in 34 countries and supporting more than 180 projects. It is also contributing to the Global Partnership on Marine Litter of the United Nations Environment Programme.

As part of the plastics industry commitment to help address this issue, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) supports scientific research on marine debris and microplastics being conducted by GESAMP, a UN advisory body that reviews current knowledge on the sources, fate and effects of micro-plastics in the marine environment (2012-2015). Furthermore, ACC supports legislation to phase out microbeads ; has put nearly 700 bins on beaches ; partners with NGOs and ocean advocates to study solutions; and is working with our value chains to  encourage collaboration on a range of programs and partnerships.


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