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Plastic Makers Support Global Agreement to Eliminate Plastic Waste, Welcome U.S. Leadership

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Matthew Kastner
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 18, 2021) – Today Secretary Antony Blinken made remarks in support of a multilateral agreement to end plastic waste in the environment. The following statement from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) may be attributed to Joshua Baca, vice president of plastics:

“ACC appreciates the U.S. Department of State’s continued leadership in the United Nation’s Environment Assembly (UNEA) to address many of the major environmental challenges facing the globe today, including plastic waste in the environment. We are supportive of a global agreement among nations that will accelerate a transition to a more circular economy by expanding systems and infrastructure to collect and repurpose plastic resources.

“In September, America’s Plastic Makers® along with the International Council of Chemical Associations and World Plastics Council announced 5 Principles to eliminate plastic waste, accelerate a circular economy, and serve as the basis for a global agreement. They are:

  1. Have all nations agree on eliminating plastic waste, while providing flexibility and support to help meet the needs of individual nations.
  2. Achieve widespread access to waste collection.
  3. Recognize the role plastics play in a lower carbon future.
  4. Support innovation in product design and recycling technology.
  5. Measure progress.

“Plastic makers and our partners throughout the global plastics supply chain strongly encourage an agreement that incorporates these five principles. We look forward to working with U.S. leadership, UNEA, and the international community to end plastic waste.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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