Plastic Atlas

The Plastic Atlas highlights the scale of the crisis, and the global impacts of plastic production, consumption and disposal on other key global challenges such as human health and climate change.

Lead Organization: Heinrich Böll Foundation and Break Free From Plastic

Author: Lili Fuhr, Matthew Franklin

Published on: November 2019


Chemical Recycling: Status, Sustainability, and Environmental Impacts

The report finds that chemical recycling is polluting, energy intensive, and has a track record of technical failures, and concludes that it is impossible for chemical recycling to be a viable solution in the short window of time left to solve the plastic problem, especially at the scale needed.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

Author: Dr. Andrew Neil Rollinson and Dr. Jumoke Oladejo

Published on: June 2020


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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