The PolyTalk conference for 2016 addressed the issues surrounding plastics in the marine environment.
A new website has been launched that gives a platform to the progress of the multiple initiatives set up to alleviate the problem of marine litter.
Announced at the PolyTalk 2016 conference, the new MarineLitterSolutions.com website is the work of associations representing plastics producers from around the globe–along with other allied associations committed to working toward zero plastics into the oceans.
The new online platform and its visual identity reflect the network’s growing number of projects to reduce and prevent waste, keep post-use plastics out of the ocean, increase recycling and foster regional and global partnerships.
“Marine litter is a complex global environmental challenge,” said Karl Foerster, Executive Director at PlasticsEurope, organisers of the PolyTalk conference.
“Effective solutions require that stakeholders work together locally, nationally, regionally and globally. With this new website, we are highlighting how plastics producers and our value chain partners are taking concrete steps around the world to combat marine litter.”
Marinelittersolutions.com provides a central location to learn more about the 185 marine litter projects that have been planned, are underway, or have been completed by the 64 organisations in 34 countries that have signed the Declaration for Solutions on Marine Litter since its launch in 2011. By signing the declaration, each of these organisations voluntarily committed to adopt additional improvements to reduce the effects of ocean pollution.
The website also provides information on the marine litter issue and allows policy-makers, non-governmental organisations, researchers, industry, other stakeholders and citizens to come to one, centralised location to get the latest news and information about industry involvement with the marine litter issue.
“Plastics must be responsibly used, reused, recycled and finally recovered for their energy value. They should not end up in our oceans and waterways. The new website, accompanied by a new visual identity, shows the determination of our industry to help deliver solutions, and will hopefully serve as a conduit for an increased number of partnerships with others,” Foerster concluded.