Plastics associations band together to beat back marine debris


A consortium of 44 global plastics associations, including the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and PlasticsEurope, has signed onto a declaration, which hopes to create a framework for addressing plastics marine litter. Announced at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, the declaration will be used to engage world governments, NGOs, researchers, and other stakeholders on the issue of marine debris.

"The plastics industry has always been about creating innovations that meet societal needs," SPI President and CEO Bill Carteaux said in a release. "Marine litter is no exception, and SPI stands ready to participate with others in problem-solving this issue."

The groups cited inadequate waste-management infrastructure, insufficient recycling, and littering as being among the root causes of global issue of marine debris. The plastics organizations offered videos, presentations, and fact sheets on industry-sponsored activities, programs, and research that already are underway. These include a number of public-private partnerships designed to raise awareness about litter prevention, recycling, and recovery....

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