Mediterranean countries agreed a regional plan to cut the amount of litter entering the sea and clean up existing rubbish at a meeting of parties to the Barcelona convention in Turkey last week.
The countries will introduce producer responsibility policies to reduce litter from the shore where possible by 2017, including economic instruments to cut plastic bag use, and deposit schemes for drinks containers and polystyrene fish boxes.
They will also work with industry to stop plastic waste from breaking down into tiny pieces and, over the longer term, cut the amount of marine litter coming through the wastewater system and reduce the landfilling of plastic packaging.
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