Plastic pollution needs to be reduced at the source and requires regulation at a “local, national and global level”, says a landmark report.
The report, which was carried out by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Break Free from Plastic, the Center for International Environmental Law and GAIA, found that an uneven legal landscape across the globe is a key driver of plastic pollution.
Almost all laws that currently serve to regulate the issue heavily prioritise end-of-life waste disposal that hands responsibility to consumers. Meanwhile the report found there are “very few” rules to stem the production of plastics in the first place or to develop reusable products. “We cannot recycle our way out of the plastic crisis,” the authors argued.
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