The Plastics Industry welcomes that the European economy is becoming more and more resource efficient and circular. Plastics are simply too valuable to be thrown away and should be properly collected, recycled or used for energy recovery. However, litter in our oceans demonstrate that leakages exist and that resources are wasted, which also threaten the environment.
Any plastic waste entering the oceans is unacceptable, be it because of careless behaviour, inappropriate waste management or in, certain cases, because of intrinsic product behaviour or accidental losses.
Marine litter is an important challenge we face today. It is a very complex issue affecting our world’s oceans, seas and rivers, harming wildlife, fisheries and tourism in Europe and around the world.
In order to find solutions to it, joint efforts from a multitude of actors are needed. Following the inspiring “wake up call” by Professor Richard Thompson at the 2010 PolyTalk conference, PlasticsEurope became one of the co-founders of the global association coalition for Marine Litter Solutions in 2011, launched during the 5th International Marine Debris Summit. Since then, PlasticsEurope has set marine litter (together with its Waste Management initiatives) as one of its core areas of activity, supporting several joint prevention actions and encouraging stakeholders from industrial, political, scientific, non-governmental and social spheres to act together to preserve our oceans and coastal areas.
In 2016, we offer PolyTalk as a platform to identify and understand some of the key achievements made to date by all stakeholders but also to provide room so that left challenges are highlighted. PolyTalk shall inspire participants through the sharing of ideas and recommendations as to the next actions to be taken.
PolyTalk is our forum to engage with our stakeholders in a transparent, forward looking dialogue. PolyTalk 2016 focuses on Marine Litter.
Entitled “Zero Plastics To The Oceans”, PolyTalk will be held in Brussels over two days and will gather international organisations, government officials, representatives from national environment ministries, NGOs, the plastics industry, as well as the research community.
Marine Litter is one of the largest emerging environmental challenges and needs to be tackled at global, regional and national level. PlasticsEurope is increasingly engaged in protecting the marine environment and encouraging stakeholders from industrial, political, scientific, non-governmental and social spheres to act together to preserve the oceans and coastal areas. With this in mind, we want to address how the plastics industry and its full value chain can support and contribute to the development of action plans against marine litter.
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