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April 22, 2024

Global treaty should address impact of plastics from their inception, urges study

An employee uses a forklift to move bales of plastic bottles at the rPlanet Earth recycling plant in California
Studies show currently most plastic waste ends up in landfill, is incinerated or leaks into the environment, with recycling representing only a limited share (Photo: Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg)

Treaty negotiations should incorporate measures on primary polymer production, plastic as a commodity and the moment it enters the environment as a pollutant, say campaigners

As negotiations resume on a global plastics treaty, the non-profit Environmental Investigation Agency is calling for measures to address “head-on” the production of polymers. A core component of plastics, polymers can be more or less toxic, and can make it easier or more difficult to recycle a product at the end of its life.

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