Australia’s support for global plastics treaty a breakthrough

Posted on September 14, 2021 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

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Australia’s support for a binding global treaty to address marine plastic pollution is a breakthrough, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia.

Support for a plastic pollution treaty has grown exponentially from fewer than 70 countries in March this year to more than 110 countries today.

A WWF petition calling for a global agreement to tackle plastic pollution has gained more than two million signatures – the largest response ever for a WWF worldwide petition.

“The costs of managing this global pollution crisis are astronomical. New research by Dalberg for WWF put the lifelong cost of plastics produced in 2019 at AU$5 trillion, more than the GDP of India.

“Australia’s first ever Plastics Plan supported the idea of a treaty and this new announcement means the Government sees the importance of a comprehensive agreement incorporated into national laws. Australia should now take the next logical step towards a treaty by co-sponsoring the draft resolution that will be voted on by all UN member states in February next year. This would formally start the process of developing a binding treaty.”