The Global Plastics Alliance Announces fourfold increase in Projects to Combat Marine Litter
WASHINGTON (August 11, 2020) – The Global Plastics Alliance (GPA) released its 5th Progress Report announcing approximately 395 marine litter prevention projects have been planned, underway, or completed as of early 2020. The GPA, a collaboration among plastic industry associations around the world, said the accounting of projects represents an increase of four times the amount since 2011 when the group was formed.
The projects vary widely, from beach clean ups to expanding waste management capacities, and from global research to awareness and education campaigns.
“We began this important initiative nearly a decade ago and have worked to grow our reach and impact in every region of the world,” said Keith Christman, managing director of plastics markets, American Chemistry Council. “Projects to combat marine litter have grown fourfold and we continue growing the number of stakeholders involved.”
The work began when a handful of plastics industry associations committed to action at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC) by announcing The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, also known as the “Global Declaration.”
The latest report reflects work undertaken by 80 plastics associations that have signed the Global Declaration in 43 countries.
“Globally, plastics producers continue to partner with public and private partners to effect meaningful actions to address the problem of ocean plastic pollution,” said Callum Chen, secretary-general, Asia Plastics Forum (APF). “In APF, we are also engaging the Brand Owners, upstream resin producers and downstream fabricators in our respective Member Countries to jointly tackle the global marine litter issue. We encourage sharing of best practices amongst our Member Countries so that the whole region could grow and improve waste management infrastructure as a solution to this challenge.”
“Solving plastics litter requires global collaboration and bold actions,” said Virginia Janssens, Managing Director of PlasticsEurope. “We need strong partnerships between an interconnected plastics value chain and all stakeholders, be they local, national or global, to solve this problem and develop innovative, sustainable solutions.”
The six focus areas of the Global Declaration are education, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery, and plastic pellet containment.
In addition, the global plastics industry continues to move toward more circular systems where resources are used, reused, and recycled to the greatest extent possible. A consortium of nearly 40 leading global companies has formed the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. Representing brand companies, plastic producers and processors, and waste management companies, the Alliance has set a goal of deploying $1.5 billion over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment.
Many of their efforts will focus on developing the waste management infrastructure to capture and repurpose plastics in parts of the world where most of the trash is leaking into the ocean. The Alliance is working across the globe to promote infrastructure, education and engagement, innovation, and cleanup efforts.
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About Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA)
The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA), established in 1967, is a progressive trade association providing leadership and quality service to its members and the plastics industry with due care to the environment. MPMA is the official voice of the Malaysian plastics industry, representing its members and the industry in Government interaction, spearheading the plastics industry’s growth and providing the platforms to assist members to be globally competitive. One of MPMA’s current focus is on plastics and sustainability whereby activities involve communication, education and public awareness.
MPMA is the permanent Secretariat of Asia Plastics Forum (APF). The APF was formed in 1991 and currently comprise 12 member countries – Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. APF was established to share and exchange information on the plastics industry and the country’s economy in the Asian region. Over the past years, APF has been concentrating on environmental issues affecting the plastics industry, reflecting on the current global situations where the 3Rs and litter issues are amongst those intensely debated by member countries.
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