The World Plastics Council (WPC) praised the leaders of the G-7, at their recent summit in Germany, for having defined a bold action plan to eliminate 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 program, which is currently being rolled out, globally and along the value chain,” said Al-Fageeh. “The plastics industry is successfully contributing to reducing the loss of plastic pellets. We are pleased that the G-7 leaders have recognized this as an important measure.”
WPC also applauded that the G-7 leaders stressed the importance of improving countries’ systems for waste management, reducing waste generation, and promoting reuse and recycling. Every kind of waste, regardless of the material it is consisting of, should be treated as a resource. Proper waste collection and management systems are essential. The WPC have taken a stand against plastic products ending up in the oceans.
World Plastics Council is a new 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 contribute to solutions to the global marine litter challenge. As an example, it 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, PlasticsEurope supports the GESAMP project, a UN advisory body that reviews current knowledge on the sources, fate and effects of micro-plastics in the marine environment (2012-2015). As examples for being part of the solution PlasticsEurope promotes “Zero Plastics to Landfill by 2020,” supports various awareness and collection capacity programs like “Vacances Propres" in France and is active member of the circular economy platform Ketenakkoord in the Netherlands.