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Zero Waste Finance


A transition from a plastic-reliant economy toward a circular zero waste economy requires effective mobilization and allocation of financial resources. Public and private finance have distinct and intersecting roles to play in supporting and scaling up innovations for waste prevention, redesign, alternative delivery and reuse systems as well as improving existing waste collection and recycling systems.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

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Published on: February 2022

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Plastic Neutrality and Credit


The global plastics treaty provides an important opportunity to officially discourage or ban the use of plastic credits before they become widespread. Doing so would avoid the incredible amount of regulatory oversight needs —both in the private and public sectors— to organize and manage international plastic credit markets. The collective efforts could be better spent on reducing plastic production rapidly.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

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Published on: February 2022

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Waste Incineration and Burning Waste in Cement Kilns


Burning waste emits climate pollution and other toxic chemicals, and is the least energy efficient and most costly method of energy production. A plastics treaty must adopt a moratorium on new incinerators and encourage a roadmap to phase out all existing incinerators by 2030.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

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Published on: February 2022

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Chemical “Recycling” and Plastic-to-Fuel


Faced with increasing pressure from lawmakers and civil society to reduce plastic production and greater awareness of the limits of mechanical recycling, the petrochemical industry has been peddling chemical “recycling” and “plastic-to-fuel” as a primary solution to plastic pollution. However, after billions of dollars and decades of development, these approaches do not work as advertised. A plastics treaty stands to be undermined if it embraces these industry-backed false solutions.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

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Published on: February 2022

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Plastic and Climate Change


Plastic is a significant contributor to climate change throughout its lifecycle. By 2050, emissions from plastic alone will take up over a third of the remaining carbon budget for a 1.5 °C target. A plastics treaty must impose legally-binding plastic reduction targets.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

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Published on: February 2022

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Toxics and Health


Plastic contains toxic chemicals that leach into our food, water, and soil. Out of about 10,000 chemicals used as plastic additives, few have been widely studied, let alone regulated. A treaty must address plastic’s toxic burden.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

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Published on: February 2022

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