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User The Plastic Ban: Over 100 Countries Agree to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

By Miya J Mar 22, 2024

Over 100 countries have made commitments towards eliminating single-use plastics, marking a significant global movement towards reducing plastic pollution and its detrimental impacts on the environment. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been pivotal in this initiative, convening an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) aimed at drafting a legally binding agreement by the end of 2024. This agreement seeks to address the full lifecycle of plastics, including the design of reusable and recyclable products and materials, and emphasizes the need for international collaboration to facilitate access to technology for a sustainable plastic economy​​.

Countries around the world have implemented various strategies to combat plastic pollution. For example, Chile is phasing out single-use plastics in restaurants and food delivery services, a move expected to reduce over 23,000 tons of plastics annually​​. Similarly, the European Union has enacted a ban on certain single-use plastics, mandating producers to cover the costs associated with waste collection, litter cleanup, and awareness-raising measures​​.

Nations like India have banned the production and use of single-use plastics altogether, promoting bamboo-based alternatives to foster local economic opportunities​​. Meanwhile, countries such as the Netherlands and Norway are focusing on recycling and responsible waste management practices to reduce plastic pollution​​.

This collective global effort represents a significant step towards mitigating the environmental impacts of plastic pollution, emphasizing the shift towards a more sustainable and responsible use of resources.

By Miya J

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