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Friday, October 25 2019 - 02:34
Ocean Conservancy Report Shows Recycled Content Standards and Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes Can Bridge Plastic Collection Financing Gap
OSLO, Norway, Oct. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- New "Plastics Policy Playbook" Offers Policy Solutions to Fund Waste 
Collection and Reduce Ocean Plastic Pollution

Ocean Conservancy, in partnership with the Trash Free Seas Alliance(R), 
unveiled its new "Plastics Policy Playbook: Strategies for a Plastic-Free 
Ocean" this week at the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, Norway. Based on 
desk-side research, in-country workshops and robust financial modeling, the 
report is an in-depth guide to some of the most impactful public- and 
private-sector interventions available to tackle the scourge of plastic 
pollution in parts of the world most affected by the crisis.

"We are seeing unprecedented interest from government and business leaders 
alike in moving to a circular economy and addressing ocean plastic pollution; 
but with so many interventions needed – from bans to taxes to product redesign 
and everything in between – execution remains a challenge," said Ocean 
Conservancy CEO Janis Searles Jones. "It is our hope that this document, rooted 
in data and research, will serve as a policy playbook for a key part of the 
systemic solution to ocean plastic."

The new "Plastics Policy Playbook" builds on previous white papers published by 
Ocean Conservancy on the economics of plastic waste collection. In 2015, Ocean 
Conservancy released "Stemming the Tide," which built on seminal research by 
Dr. Jenna Jambeck and her colleagues to find that 75% of the plastic in the 
ocean was never collected as part of a formal waste management system, and 60% 
originates from five focus countries in Asia – China, Indonesia, the 
Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. A second report, "The Next Wave," identified 
that collection in these focus countries is largely underfunded and a net cost 
activity for most waste streams.  Collection is not only key to stopping 
plastic pollution in the near term; it is also critical to building a circular 
economy, where materials are continually recovered and reused rather than 
becoming waste.

This third report offers further analysis of how to finance plastic waste 
collection so that plastic never ends up in the ocean. Key findings include:

   -- In the five target countries, there is a net financing gap for plastic
      waste collection of between US $28 - $40 per ton.

   -- To reduce the financing gap and make sure that all waste is collected,
      extended producer responsibility (often referred to as EPR), implemented
      through Packaging Material Fees – where producers pay fees depending on
      the amount of packaging material put on the market or their plastic
      recycling/recovery targets – can have the highest potential in reducing
      this gap, by up to 75%.

   -- Increasing demand for recycled plastic through recycled content standards
      has a potential to reduce the existing collection financing gap by up to
   -- Bans on problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics (specifically,
      plastic grocery bags, plastic straws and stirrers, plastic cups and lids,
      plastic cutlery, foam food containers, oxo-biodegradable plastic
      materials, PVC packaging, and primary microplastics) can improve
      collection by reducing the contamination of post-consumer waste streams.

"The findings reinforce what we've long suspected, which is that we need a 
suite of solutions to address the problem of ocean plastic, and everyone has a 
role to play," said Chever Voltmer, plastics initiatives director at Ocean 
Conservancy. "The good news – as we've seen first-hand in developing this 
report with key partners from the Trash Free Seas Alliance – is that we are 
seeing both governments and the private sector ready and willing to do their 

About Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is working with you to protect the ocean from today's 
greatest global challenges. Together, we create science-based solutions for a 
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About the Trash Free Seas Alliance(R)

Launched by Ocean Conservancy in 2012, the Trash Free Seas Alliance(R) brings 
together thought leaders from industry, conservation and academia to create a 
forum for pragmatic, real-world collaboration focused on the measurable 
reduction of ocean trash. Alliance members commit to shared exploration of 
long-term strategies that improve ocean health by reducing or eliminating ocean 
trash. Visit the Trash Free Seas Alliance(R) webpage ( 
) for more information.

SOURCE: Ocean Conservancy

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