G20 calls for ‘innovative measures’ against ocean plastic pollution

Tackling marine plastic litter will require the world’s leading economies to scale up improvements to waste management and product design, G20 environment and energy ministers agreed on Sunday

Tackling marine plastic litter will require the world’s leading economies to scale up improvements to waste management and product design, G20 environment and energy ministers agreed at a weekend summit in Japan.

The ministers signed up to voluntary measures committing to closer cooperation and information exchange in the development of environmentally sound waste management and recycling processes.

The G20 joint statement singles out product design, the circular economy and resource efficiency as particularly important in eliminating plastic litter. It says regional and local networks should be better supported to help ensure the protection of oceans and rivers.

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