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Worldwide commitment to tackling marine litter launched

Plastics industry organisations from around the world have signed up to a new commitment to take action on marine litter.

The drive, led by PlasticsEurope, has set out a six-point strategy to try and reduce the amount of litter that makes its way into the sea. In total 46 groups have signed up to the declaration, including UK-based plastics organisations the British Plastics Federation and the Plastics and Films Association.

According to PlasticsEurope, 80% of marine litter comes from land as a result of poor waste management.

PlasticsEurope president Jacques van Rijckevorsel said: “This global industry declaration will act as a catalyst for tangible actions at national, regional and international level. Contributing to substantially reducing marine litter is essential for our industry.”

Industry has committed to:

·         Promote best practice in waste management, in particular in coastal regions,

·         Enhance opportunities to recover plastic products for recycling and energy recovery,

·         Work in public-private partnerships aimed at preventing marine debris,

·         Work with the scientific community to better understand the scope, origins and impact of marine litter and the range of solutions to the problem,

·         Steward the transport and distribution of plastic resin pellets and products to its customers and promote this practice along the supply chain.

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