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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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Plastic and Waste Pickers


Plastic takes up a large percentage of the waste handled by waste pickers. Consequently, they are one of the most vulnerable occupation groups that stand to be impacted by the global plastics treaty. The treaty must establish the legal frameworks required to improve working conditions for waste pickers.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

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Published on: February 2022

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The Plastic Waste Trade


Top exporters such as the United States, Germany, the UK, Japan and Australia are placing a disproportionate toxic burden on the environment and communities in importing countries. A Global Plastics Treaty can enact stricter measures on the waste trade to prevent environmental injustices.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

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Published on: February 2022

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