The World Plastics Council has welcomed news that leaders of the G7 group of countries laid out a “bold action plan” to cut marine litter while at the recent summit in Germany.
Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, newly elected WPC chairman, said: “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.
“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 welcomed that the G7 leaders underlined the importance of improving countries' systems for waste management, reducing waste generation, and encouraging reuse and recycling.
The council was created during the K show in 2013 and set marine debris and post-consumer recycling and energy recover as its initial top priorities. The group was initiated by Brussels-based PlasticsEurope and the Washington-based American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division. Current members include companies from China, the Americas, Europe and the Gulf.