UN: governments join forces to fight plastic waste pollution

Approximately 180 governments have joined forces to reduce plastic waste, altering the Basel Convention to include plastic in a the legally binding framework and establishing a Partnership on Plastic Waste. The move aims to reduce the effect of hazardous chemicals on human health and the environment through transparency and regulation of trade.

The Basel Convention, signed by 186 states, was originally established in 1989 in efforts to regulate and control transboundary movements and disposal of hazardous wastes. It is estimated that 100 million tonnes of plastic are present in oceans, and that 80-90% of that originated on land. The amendment to include plastic under the convention's definition of hazardous waste is expected to dramatically improve plastic pollution levels.

The establishment of a Partnership on Plastic Waste aims to bring together stakeholders from business, government, academia and civil society to combat plastic waste. The Partnership will “provide a set of practical supports – including tools, best practices, technical and financial assistance”.

For more information see the UN Press release here. https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/governments-agree-landmark-decisions-protect-people-and-planet

Sonja DuncanComment