19 April 2024: Weekly News Bulletin

With the upcoming Global Plastics Treaty negotiations taking place in Ottowa this month, it's no surprise that this week's news bulletin is overflowing with stories about what has been dubbed the world's 'plastic crisis'. Find out why that is in EfW Net's weekly news bulletin.
19 April 2024: Weekly News Bulletin
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With the upcoming Global Plastics Treaty negotiations taking place in Ottowa this month, it's no surprise that this week's news bulletin is overflowing with stories about what has been dubbed the world's 'plastic crisis'. Find out why that is in EfW Net's weekly news bulletin:

UK households throw away 1.7 billion pieces of plastic packaging a week, research reveals

At the start of the week, Greenpeace UK and Everyday Plastic announced the findings of its Big Plastic Count 2024, which revealed that the average UK household is throwing away an average of 60 bits of plastic packaging every week. The organisations are now calling for politicians to act by creating legislation tackling the 'plastic crisis'.

And they're not the only ones calling for change - Plastic Europe has urged that the world needs to move towards a more 'circular plastic system

Plastic Europe's call for action has asked the global community to work together to find solutions at this month's Global Plastics Treaty negotiations in Ottawa. The body said: "We believe that transitioning from a linear to a circular plastic system, in which all plastic applications are reused, recycled and responsibly managed, is key to tackling the problem of plastic waste."

Action against the 'plastic crisishas public backing too, after a recent WWF poll, taking place across 32 countries, revealed that 85% of people support a single-use plastic ban 

The UK has banned some single-use plastics from general use and announced its Simpler Recycling scheme last year. However, this poll suggests that there is public backing for further bans as well as a global plastic pollution treaty.

You may be wondering - what exactly is the Global Plastics Treaty?

In March 2022, the UN Environment Assembly came to what they termed a "historic resolutionto develop an international legally binding instrument that tackles the problem of plastic pollution. Since then, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) has held three sessions that hope to reach an understanding of the full life cycle of plastic, including its production, design, and disposal. The fourth session takes place at the end of this month in Ottawa. It is hoped that this session will see big developments towards a global agreement. 

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