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What's the plastics industry doing about marine litter?

By: Don Loepp

December 6, 2012

The world's plastics trade associations today released a report on various projects to prevent marine litter that are completed, underway or planned.

The report, "The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter -- Progress Report," lists 140 projects broken down by six areas: public-private partnerships to prevent marine litter, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery and plastic pellet containment.

According to a news release from the groups, the projects vary widely, from education to global research and eco-efficient waste management and litter prevention.

"The plastics industry is firmly committed to the principle that plastics do not belong in the world's oceans and should not be littered -- plastics should be responsibly used, reused, recycled and finally recovered for their energy value. I'm pleased that actions taken in 2012 and planned for 2013 greatly exceed our commitments from November 2011," said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry Council.



"This report reflects the determination of our industry to shape solutions in partnerships with others," said Wilfred Haensel, executive director of Plastics Europe.

For more information, see www.marinelittersolutions.com.