The Global Declaration obliges signatories to commit to action in six areas: education, research, public policy, best practices, recycling/recovery, and product stewardship. As of the last progress report (2018), more than 355 marine litter projects have been planned, underway, or completed around the globe. Our projects range in size, focus, and scope and involve an ever growing number of partners. All are forging cooperation and furthering progress to prevent, reduce, and improve understanding of marine litter. At the present time this list does not reflect the entire universe of commitments.  We are currently working to get each project included here.  We will remove this notice when the entries are completed.

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This Is Plastics: New Industry Website

In May of 2018, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) launched This Is Plastics, a resource created to inspire meaningful discussion about the power of plastics and turn plastics industry employees into ambassadors for plastics. Among the topics is an expansive...
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Plastic Straws Product Stewardship Position

Our partners in the environmental community challenged us to address straws, a commonly littered item found during the international coastal cleanup. Working with our member companies and others throughout the value chain we developed a product stewardship position...
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Waste Infrastructure and Recycling Solutions: Circulate Capital

In 2017, the American Chemistry Council and the World Plastics Council joined a coalition of partners to support Circulate Capital (previously Closed Loop Ocean or CLP). Circulate Capital, an initiative of Closed Loop Partners in partnership with Ocean Conservancy, is...
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Save The Bay (Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island)

America’s Plastics MakersTM are partnering with Save the Bay (Narragansett Bay) on the City of Warwick Shoreline Trash Reduction & Prevention project. This initiative will focus on 4 areas with chronic shoreline trash and marine litter issues to reduce...
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Keep It Beachy Clean at Virginia Beach

This unique litter prevention and marine debris prevention program, piloted by Clean Virginia Waterways focuses on reaching Virginia Beach’s resort community (hotel guests and employees) with anti-litter messaging. Designed to influence the behaviors of visitors...
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U.S. Plastics Industry ICC River Cleanup

Each year the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Plastics Industry Trade Association partner with the Trash Free Seas Alliance to organize an International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) event in Washington, DC. The highly anticipated annual project is a way for DC based...
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Waste Reduction: Honolulu Litter Study 2015

In 2015, The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group partnered with the City and County of Honolulu, the University of Hawaii – Manoa, and Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful to complete a comprehensive visual survey along 396...
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Aquarium of the Pacific “Our Watersheds” Exhibit

The American Chemistry Council’s Plastic Division provided financial resources and expertise to help the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, create a new exhibit, “Our Watershed: Pathway to the Pacific.” The exhibit includes a permanent marine debris...
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LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Partnership

From 2009 – 2012, America’s Plastics MakersTM, through the American Chemistry Council (ACC) partnered with the After School Enrichment Program, LA’s BEST to teach kids how to recycle more of the materials they use every day.  Over the three year...
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Trash Free Waters – U.S. Waterways Initiative

The Trash Free Waters Program (TFW) is an initiative of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to explore innovative strategies for preventing trash and litter from entering U.S. waterways, a major source of marine debris. America’s Plastics...
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Plastics Make it Possible® Campaign

The Plastics Make it Possible® campaign encourages increased plastics recycling through digital and in-person content that helps educate Americans about the ease and wide availability of plastics recycling.  This initiative is sponsored by the plastics industries of...
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Living Classrooms Anacostia River Cleanup in Maryland

Each year (2008 – 2012) associations representing plastic makers,  through the American Chemistry Council (ACC),  partnered with Living Classrooms of the National Capitol Region (LC-NCR) to host a debris clean-up of Kingman Island and the Anacostia river. The...
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Community Cleanup Competition in Baltimore

America’s Plastics MakersTM, through the American Chemistry Council (ACC), partnered with the city of Baltimore, Maryland’s Department of Public Works on the 2013 Clean Community Competition.  This annual community cleanup contest offers participating...
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America Recycles Day

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is a sponsor of Keep America Beautiful’s America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle.  Every year on or around November 15, millions turn out to thousands of local...
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Ocean Pollution Solutions: Yo Cuido Mi Playa

Launched in 2014, Yo Cuido Mi Playa – or ‘I Take Care of My Beach,’ is an initiative of Mexico’s National Association of Plastics Industries (ANIPAC), designed to grow awareness for the effects of ocean pollution on the marine environment and help...
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Conversion Technologies Showcase in Edmonton, Alberta

In 2015, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) held a stakeholder tour at the Enerkem facility in Edmonton, Alberta to engage and educate about the potential of energy recovery/conversion technologies in Canada. A similar tour is being held in Ontario in...
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Great Lakes Fisheries Project in Canada

In 2015, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) engaged a commercial fishery on one of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie, to explore the types of plastics being generated and test collection channels. There are plans to spread lessons learned from the 2015 pilot...
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Polystyrene Foam Recycling Directory

In 2015, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), American Chemistry Council (ACC) worked with a variety of partners to create and populate an online directory of private and municipal options for polystyrene foam recycling. PSFoamRecycling.org allows users...
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Film Collection and Plastic Bag Recycling Search

In 2015, Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) populated the Plastic Film Recycling website zip code locator database with Canadian data on retail locations that collect plastic bags and film product wraps for recycling. The resource is being promoted by CPIA...
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Operation Clean Sweep – North America Program

OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP® (OCS) is an international program designed to prevent plastic pellet loss and the potential introduction of pellets to the marine environment where they create both a litter problem and a threat to sea life and wild life. The essence of OCS is...
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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) is promoting and helping sponsor the annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. We are also leading efforts to engage the plastics industry in the shoreline cleanup event. Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians...
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“Ship to Shore” Canadian Coastline Program

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) helped sponsor “Ship to Shore,” a project that helps fisherfolk on Canada’s east coast reduce marine litter by bringing plastics and other wastes back to shore rather than dumping at sea. Ship to...
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Plastic Film Recycling: WRAP Recycling Action Program

The Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) is a national public education and outreach initiative aimed at increasing plastic film recycling by doubling the amount of recycled polyethylene (PE) bags, wraps and film to 2 billion lbs. by 2020. It was created by the ACC...
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I Want To Be Recycled Advertising Campaign

ACC is a founding partner and continuing sponsor of Keep America Beautiful’s national public service advertising campaign “I Want To Be Recycled”, created to increase consumer awareness and participation in recycling. In addition, we’ve sponsored local Keep America...
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Plastic Microbeads Phase Out Legislation Support

Working to ensure a consistent national standard, associations representing plastic makers supported the “Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015” (H.R. 1321) which President Obama signed into law in 2015. The legislation phases out solid plastic microbeads used in...
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Trash Free Seas Alliance

Ocean Conservancy launched the Trash Free Seas Alliance® in 2012 to unite industry, science, and conservation leaders who share a common goal for a healthy ocean free of trash and plastic pollution. The Alliance provides a constructive forum focused on identifying...
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Plastic Pellet Loss

OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP ® *(OCS) is an international program designed to prevent plastic pellet loss and the potential introduction of pellets to the marine environment where they create both a litter problem and a threat to sea life and wild life. The essence of OCS is...
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Recycling Infrastructure, CA

The plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council partnered with Keep California Beautiful, the California Department of Parks and Recreation (California State Parks), the California Department of Transportation, and many other public and private partners...
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Ocean Trash Removal: Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean

ACC supports the Rozalia Project’s mission is to find and remove ocean trash (from the surface to the sea floor) through action, technology, outreach and research. Associations representing plastic makers are proud to provide support that helps make the Rozalia...
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Operation Clean Sweep

Together with the Society of the Plastics Industry, ACC has developed and promoted Operation Clean Sweep, a series of best practices designed to contain plastic pellets, flakes and powder (plastics’ basic raw material form) from manufacturing through transportation...