Plastics Industry Answers Call to Help Stop Marine Litter

Marine Litter Effects Spur Worldwide Action

Human-created waste discharged into the coastal or marine environment is known as marine litter. Its harmful effects to ocean ecosystems, wildlife and humans led governments, private enterprises, environmental groups and countless citizens to take action.

Marine litter is a global problem that we must tackle on a global scale. It’s heartening to see the growing number of plastics makers and associations across the globe involved in developing sustainable solutions.”

Steve Russell

Vice President of Plastics for the American Chemistry Council

Tackling a Global Problem

Plastics associations around the world signed the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter in 2011. This represents a public commitment by a global industry to help tackle a global problem: plastic litter in the coastal and marine environment.

By 2017, the group launched more than 355 projects around the world focusing on six key areas.

Number of Projects in each Work Area

  • Education 100%
  • Recycling/Recovery 67%
  • Public Policy 31%
  • Best Practices 30%
  • Research 29%
  • Plastic Pellet Containment 8%

Marine litter is a complex environmental challenge that requires joint efforts at the local, regional, and global level. It is essential that we have these partnerships and continue to invite additional stakeholders to tackle this very serious issue together.”

Karl-H. Foerster

Executive Director of Plastics Europe

Global Declaration Progress

Every year, the plastics industry builds on its commitment to reduce marine litter.

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Global Commitment to Marine Litter Solutions

Every region around the globe demonstrates its dedication to preventing marine litter through innovative projects.

Number of Projects per Region

  • The Americas 100%
  • Europe including Turkey & Russia 85%
  • Asia 55%
  • Africa 22%
  • Australia/New Zealand 11%
  • Arabian Gulf 7%
  • Global 7%

To capture waste before it reaches the oceans, Asia Plastics Forum member countries have implemented many ongoing projects, including education and public awareness programs, beach and river clean ups, and major ‘Trash Free Festivals’. Progress in these areas could have a great impact on reducing all types of marine litter, including plastics.”

Callum Chen

Secretary-General of the Asia Plastics Forum

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