PREVENT MARINE PLASTIC LITTER - NOW!

ISWA's Marine Litter Task Force report "Prevent Marine Plastic Litter - Now", released.

The Marine Litter Task Force is an international partnership led and facilitated by ISWA, with the aim to explore and set a link between efficient waste management and the prevention of plastic waste ending up in oceans.

Sound waste management practices are crucial to reducing marine litter: this means that the waste and resources sector is the core enabler of solutions for preventing marine litter. In particular, ISWA identified three key areas to be prioritized through waste and resource management for the fight against plastic marine litter pollution:

  • Provide waste collection services for all
  • Close open dumpsites near waterbodies
  • Stop littering and fly-tipping

After UNEA3 in Nairobi, where 200 countries agreed upon giving the highest priority to good waste management, ISWA undelined the remarkable consensus that sets a commitment to deal with this global emergency.

Actually, marine litter damages ecosystems, and marinebased economic sectors such as tourism and fisheries, and impacts upon other aquatic environments vital for human societies, such as rivers. The extent of marine litter is now global, with plastic particles detected in all of the world’s oceans and entered into the food chain. It is a challenge of global scale, and ISWA provided this report to call for actions in sustainable waste and resources management worldwide.

Discover more on the ISWA's Marine Task Force website.

Read about the report here.