Willemijn Peeters, head of consultancy Searious Business, says the treaty needs to move the world away from virgin plastic and into what she calls “real recycling” with extended producer responsibility laws and deposit return systems.
Peeters, who is a paid consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme and an unpaid adviser to the Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty, says countries should understand that some companies like those in the business coalition want strict regulations.
Editor’s note: Peeters attended the negotiations with a media pass from Sustainable Plastics magazine, which is owned by Crain Communications, the parent company of Plastics News. PN interviewed her in her role with Searious Business. The media pass with SP was issued by the United Nations Environment Programme, which is organizing the treaty negotiations.