UN Environment report offers 10 recommendations to curb single-use plastics

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UN Environment unveiled a new report on Tuesday, “Single-use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability,” that offers a global outlook on the “state of plastics” using data and case studies from more than 60 countries.

The report lists grave statistics about plastic waste (79% of all of the plastic waste produced globally has been landfilled) and information about the success of various plastic packaging bans and regulations (30% of countries that have enacted bans on plastic bags saw “dramatic drops” in plastic pollution and plastic bag consumption within one year).

The report also included 10 recommendations for countries looking to curb single-use plastics: target the most problematic plastics; consider best actions according to socio-economic standing; assess the impacts; engage stakeholders; raise public awareness; promote alternatives; provide incentives’ use revenues to maximize the public good; enforce the measure and monitor.

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