The European plastics producers’ association PlasticsEurope said that global plastics production fell by 0.3 percent in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This has only been recorded three times since World War II.
And if plastic in the sea is of concern to environmentalists and activists, so too must be the scrap metal business. Since China gave up importing foreign-generated waste in 2018, Romania and Bulgaria became, along with Turkey, the dumping grounds for waste generated in rich European Union (EU) countries. “Waste dealers have found in Eastern Europe a market for Western European garbage,” assured commissioner Cristian Coje, of the Romanian Environmental Guard, quoted by EFE.From washing machines, televisions, to cell phones and car parts in plastic that come from companies are burned in the open air and this ends up polluting the skies of Eastern Europe. The business is profitable for these nations, since the traffickers who transport the garbage offer to get rid of it for less money than they would pay for depositing it in recycling plants in their countries.With EFE, Reuters and local media
Global plastic production 2020
The invasion of plastics on the planet is a reality. Suffice it to recall that the island of plastic waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is already 1.6 million km2. If we want to preserve the planet, the time has come for each and every one of us to take action.
Plastic has become a constant in our lives. We find it everywhere: product packaging, cosmetic ingredients, textile materials, cell phones? Even the chewing gum you may be chewing at this very moment! Its omnipresence is such that the mere fact of giving it up can become an uphill struggle for many people. Reducing plastic consumption therefore requires not only a change in habits, but also a change in mentality.
That plastics have become a headache for the planet is demonstrated by the fact that more and more governments are proposing measures to mitigate their impact on the environment. For example, in 2021, Europe will ban the sale of single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery and swabs in its territory. To put the magnitude of the problem in context, let’s review some objective data:
How much it costs to produce plastic
The report recommends strengthening harmonized and regional policies to address the problem of plastic pollution. It also suggests that nations in the region would benefit from shared technology centers in the jurisdiction of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to recycle and monitor the plastic waste trade.Visit Site
“Southeast Asia is both a primary source and victim of plastic, where it is choking the seas and threatening ecosystems and livelihoods,” said Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida, UNEP’s regional coordinator for chemicals and waste.
The report, called “The Role of Packaging Regulations and Standards on the Road to the Circular Economy,” is the first comprehensive look at waste policies and packaging standards in 10 Southeast Asian countries.
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National production and consumption of plastics
Our oceans cover 70% of the planet’s surface and represent 80% of the world’s biodiversity. We cannot have a healthy future without healthy oceans, but today they are more vulnerable than ever due to climate change and pollution.
Addressing the serious threats to our oceans requires collaboration with leaders from all sectors, from business to government to academia.
Climate change is an inextricable element of the threat to our oceans from rising temperatures and the disruption of fragile ecosystems due to acidification. The Forum has launched several initiatives to support the transition to a low-carbon economy, such as the creation of the CEO Climate Leaders Alliance, made up of corporate CEOs, which has succeeded in reducing their companies’ emissions by 9%.
European and NAFTA countries (Canada, the United States and Mexico), only manufactured 17% and 18% of the world’s plastic in 2018, respectively. However, this equates to 111 kg per person for the former region and 132 kg per person for the latter.