"How do I tell (my children) that against all odds, you will find plastic at the very deepest point in the Pacific Ocean?” These were the words used by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he announced a ban on single use plastics in Canada by 2021. What began as a small trickle has now become a flood of countries that are announcing bans, regulations and restrictions on single use plastics, plastic bags, and plastic waste.
While these policies and regulations are welcome initiatives, their design and implementation across countries is inconsistent. At Ubuntoo, we are working to assess the effectiveness of these measures across countries to identify best practices that can be widely adopted.
In this issue of your Ubuntoo Digest, we explore the complex landscape of government policies related to plastic waste. You can use your Ubuntoo login to find solutions that address these policies.
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PLASTIC WASTE POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
There is a wide range of policies with regard to plastic waste around the world. In this section, we summarize just a few of the most common and high impact ones. For a more comprehensive set of resources, articles and news on this topic, you can visit the Plastic Regulations section in Ubuntoo Knowledge or view news items about the topic. We would like to acknowledge the World Resources Institute for some of the data presented below.
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The UN Environment Programme in partnership with World Resources Institute has compiled a report on the progress of countries in passing laws and regulations about selected single-use plastics and microplastics. You can download the report for free here: Legal limits on single-use plastics and microplastics.
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
-John Muir, Naturalist