A new global plastics treaty which is due to come into effect in 2025, will reset the global strategy to reduce and reverse the environmental and health impacts of plastic. Take a look at the politics and issues that will define the deal with Dimitris Faloutsos, head of transboundary waters at the United Nations. Global Water Partnership (GWP). The GWP and the London-based policy institute Chatham House recently published a report,Why lifecycle solutions are needed to tackle marine plastic pollution.” He and his co-authors argue that many solutions exist, including the development of a global plastics treaty as well as increased investment in the collection and processing of plastic with full transparency on the process to create accountability. . The report suggests that plastic pollution, which costs society more than $100 billion a year through health and environmental damage, will continue to grow until emerging strategies launched in Europe, Japan and Chile are adopted – along with new ideas and technologies – to prevent plastic from reaching the ocean. In other words, we have some of the necessary ideas and technologies, it’s a matter of implementing them while continuing to learn and improve the system.
More than 2 billion people live without access to waste collection services. Plastic pollution is increasing with the volume of plastic produced, which has increased by an average of 4.4% per year since the global financial crisis of 2007. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Global Plastics Outlook reports that 22 million tons of plastic pollution have entered the environment. in 2019, and if society continues to make plastic as usual, 44MM tons of plastic will pollute the world’s waters, lands and animal bodies by 2060. You can read the report at https://circulareconomy.earth/publications/why-lifecycle-solutions-are-needed-to-tackle-marine-plastic-pollution.