20 Years of Government Responses to the Global Plastic Pollution Problem

Plastic pollution in the ocean is a global problem that requires cooperation from a wide range of groups (e.g., governments, producers, consumers, researchers, civil society). However, by virtue of their core regulatory powers, governments have a critical role to play in helping to solve this problem. This study aims to synthesize the policy response of governments to the global plastic pollution problem, as a basis for more rigorous monitoring of progress (as called for in Resolution 4/6 of the 2019 United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting) and to inform future public policies.

Lead Organization: Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Author: Rachel Karasik, Tibor Vegh, Zoie Diana, Janet Bering, Juan Caldas, Amy Pickle, Daniel Rittschof External link, and John Virdin

Published on: May 2020


Building a bridge strategy for residual waste

A policy briefing which highlights the importance of defining a new strategy for managing residual waste that corresponds with the requirements of the age of climate emergency that we are living in.

Lead Organization: Zero Waste Europe

Author: Zero Waste Europe

Published on: June 2020


The Safety of Reuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This provides answers to the 7 most frequently asked questions regarding the safety of reusable products.

Lead Organization: UPSTREAM


Published on: May 2020


Moving Away From Single Use (Ukranian)

Guide for national decision makers to implement the single use directive entered into force on 2 July 2019. It aims to tackle pollution from single-use plastics (and fishing gear), as the items most commonly found on European beaches.

Lead Organization: ReThink Plastic

Author: ReThink Plastic

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The Burning Question – Will Companies Reduce their Plastic Use?

This report focuses on the actions and responsibilities of four of the world’s biggest plastic polluters: CocaCola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever.

Lead Organization: Tearfund

Author: Tearfund

Published on: April 2020


Our Ocean Needs Action Not Promises: Towards a Regulatory Approach to Prevent Plastic Pellet Loss in the EU

Plastic pellets are the second largest direct source of microplastic pollution to the ocean, and are known to cause serious harm to ocean life. This briefing outlines the urgent action that we recommend the European Commission should take to ensure that all pellets are handled responsibly across the plastic supply chain, drastically reducing this major source of ocean pollution.

Lead Organization: Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the Environmental Investigation Agency and Fidra

Author: Admin

Published on: December 2019