Global public outrage has grown at marine pollution, sparking demands for more recycling and better waste management. Only 9 percent of plastic is recycled, environmental groups say. Germany, the U.S. and Japan each exported more than one billion kilos of plastic waste last year, U.N. figures show. There is an estimated 100 million tons of plastic in the world’s seas, with eight million tons added annually, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) says. Officials from 187 countries taking part in UNEP negotiations are considering legally-binding amendments to the Basel Convention on waste that would regulate trade in discarded plastic. The United States has not ratified the 30-year-old pact. “The dynamics are relatively positive because we see an overwhelming majority of countries supporting tighter control on plastic waste trade,” David Azoulay of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) told Reuters at the Geneva talks that end on Friday. “I have never seen an issue move so fast through the different hurdles than plastics. It is a combination of public pressure, and of the fact that plastic is an easy issue to picture, it is visual compared to most other environmental problems,” he said. Importer consent Under a proposal brought by… Read full this story
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