Plastic Policies

Are you looking to reduce problems linked to plastics escaping into the environment? Do you want to reduce plastic and marine plastic pollution?

Our own best guess of the amount of plastic entering the seas as of 2015 was 12.2 million tonnes. Public awareness and concern have grown enormously in recent years as the visibility of the problems created by plastics in the oceans have become evermore apparent. Policymakers are also beginning to understand the impact this may be having on key sectors of their economies, including fishing, agriculture and tourism.

Unsurprisingly, governments are increasingly looking to address this issue by stemming the flow of plastics into the rivers and seas. with the UN Sustainable Development Goals setting targets for reducing marine litter and improving the marine environment. We have taken a lead in this area by highlighting new sources of this grave problem with an eye to seeking practical solutions that can tackle the problem quickly.

We can use our experience to help you with the following:

  • Analyse the most problematic sources of plastics flowing into rivers and seas in your country;
  • Review the potential policy options to address the flow of these materials;
  • Understand the impact of these interventions on the amount of plastic entering the marine environment;
  • Review the costs and benefits of the options being proposed; and,
  • Ensure that, as far as possible, policies do not simply keep plastics from entering rivers and seas, but that they are also consistent with the most sustainable forms of management of the relevant materials, including those which may be considered as substitutes for the sources primarily being targeted.

Our experience covers both the developed world, where microplastics many be some of the largest sources of plastics entering the rivers and seas, and developing countries where a key issue is the absence of modern waste management services. Critically, we are able to offer solutions to the plastics problem in the context of the wider strategy to improve waste management and drive forward the circular economy.

Contact a member of our team today to discuss the options for reducing plastic pollution in your region, or to make the first steps towards developing the most effective plastic policy for you.