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Plastics Producers Solutions on Marine Litter

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Topics
american chemical council, istc, marine debris, plastics, sustainability
Sponsor
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Location
1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign (free parking in the circle drive; bike rack; Yellow Bus stops 1 block away.)
Date
Oct 5, 2017   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Speaker
Stewart Harris - Director, Marine and Environmental Stewardship, Plastics Division, American Chemistry Council
Cost
Free
Registration
View online
Contact
Elizabeth Meschewski
E-Mail
elm2@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-7403
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A 2015 study published in Science estimated that 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste enter our oceans annually, with the origin of marine litter closely related to populations concentrated near oceans and the quality of waste management systems. Although research shows the environmental cost of using plastics is nearly four times less than the cost that would result if plastics were replaced with other materials in certain applications, marine litter is still a big impact on the environment and must be reduced. In March 2011, leaders from 47 plastics associations across the globe launched a Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, a public commitment to help tackle the global problem of plastic litter in the marine environment. These industry leaders identified six areas for initiatives aimed at contributing to sustainable solutions: education, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery, and plastic pellet containment. By December 2015, 260 projects had been planned, were underway, or completed. The projects vary widely, from enhanced recycling to beach clean ups, and from global research to awareness and education campaigns; and include examples of innovative approaches to private sector engagement.

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