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
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
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 &amp; Flora International (FFI), the Environmental Investigation Agency and Fidra
Published on: December 2019