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BIR co-chairs the first face-to-face meeting of the UN-EP Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership

  • 12 March 2020
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From 2 to 5 March 2020, together with Ole Thomas Thommesen, Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Environment Directorate, BIR Trade & Environmental Director Ross Bartley co-chaired the first face-to-face meeting of the UN-EP Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership in the Seychelles.

Participants agreed, amongst other matters, on four Project Groups, their co-chairs and their activities.

Headline concepts are: prevention and minimisation of plasticwaste; design of plastic products to increase durability, reusability, repairability and recyclability; reducing hazardous constituents in plastic products;  refill systems; alternatives to plastic products; improving collection, separation and recycling; financing schemes; improving markets for recycled plastics; implementing the new plastic wastes lists in the Basel Convention and enforcement of transboundary movement controls; outreach, education and awarenessraising.

Besides support for recycling start-ups, recyclers should envisage greater volumes of higher quality plastic to recycle. These efforts are intended to accelerate the environmentally sound management of all the plastic waste around the world.

The meeting ended with governments, industry, civil society & UN representatives joining forces to beat plastic waste pollution with a beach-clean up.

About the Plastics Waste Partnership:

Launched in November 2019 in Geneva, the Plastic Waste Partnership has been established to mobilise business, government, academic and civil society resources, interests and expertise to improve and promote the environmentally sound management of plastic waste at the global, regional and national levels and to prevent and minimize its generation, and aims to:

  • strengthen policy and regulatory frameworks;
  • promote the environmentally sound management of plastic wastes;
  • advance collaboration with the private sector;
  • and stimulate outreach, education and awareness-raising.

The Partnership brings together actors across the entire value chain, governments, the business world, civil society and academia. So far, more than 120 members have joined the Partnership. The Partnership activities are carried out by its working group, which is administered by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. Read more here: http://www.basel.int/Implementation/Plasticwaste/PlasticWastePartnership/tabid/8096/Default.aspx

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