PlasticsNews.com posted my latest column today about plastics and marine debris, along with a great cartoon by Rich Williams. The column concludes that the plastics industry "has an important role in preventing more plastic from fouling the oceans." What's being done now? Steve Russell, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry Council posted a blog item yesterday on the topic, "Tackling Marine Debris in 2011." Russell writes about plastic makers' commitment to finding marine debris solutions, and ACC's involvement in an upcoming event, the 5th International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC). "5IMDC presents a tremendous opportunity to deepen our understanding, meet with researchers and other experts, talk about best practices, and find new ways to work together on real solutions," Russell writes. "Some of the things we look forward to sharing include successes we've had with public-private partnerships in California. For example, for the past three years we have worked in California (including with Keep California Beautiful, California State Parks, Caltrans and the City of Woodland) to place nearly 700 recycle bins throughout the state. Those bins diverted over 45 tons of plastic and over 105 tons of other recyclable materials from the waste stream, and importantly, prevented them from entering the marine environment as litter." Check out Russell's post for more details and links.
Plastics industry efforts on marine debris
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