How To Stop Plastics From Finding Their Way Into The Ocean?

Between 2019 and 2022, the project 'Rethinking Plastics - Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter' worked on solutions together with seven countries in East and South East Asia. The project supported the transition towards a circular economy for plastics to reduce plastic waste leakage into the sea. Its activities and pilot projects covered the management of plastic waste, sustainable consumption and production of plastic as well as the reduction of litter from sea-based sources. Read more


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Marine Litter A Growing Global Challenge

Driven by rapid urbanisation, economic development and changing consumption and production patterns, the amount of single-use packaging is rapidly increasing worldwide. At the same time, waste management systems still lack effectiveness in terms of environmentally sound collection, sorting, recycling, energy recovery and disposal of packaging waste.
These trends significantly contribute to marine littering – a growing global threat to marine ecosystems and fisheries, as well as the tourism sector. Marine litter including abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear, affects over 800 species in marine and coastal environments. About 60 to 90% of marine litter consists of plastics, of which much comes from single-use plastic products and packaging.


A Circular Economy For Plastics

The project was closely linked to relevant strategies and developments in the areas of Circular Economy and Plastic Reduction in the European Union and Germany. Respective strategies and directives include, amongst others, the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy, the Single-use Plastics Directive as well as the new Circular Economy Action Plan as one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal.

Partner Countries

  • China

  • Indonesia

  • Japan

  • The Philippines

  • Singapore

  • Thailand

  • Vietnam


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