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Improving Plastic Waste Management

If plastic waste is not properly disposed, collected, segregated, processed and recycled, it can leak into the environment and from there through rivers and other waterways into the ocean. New systems, technologies and actions to improve the management of plastic waste are needed alongside information on proper disposal, collection and segregation of waste.

‘Rethinking Plastics’ supports dialogue, exchange of experiences and good practices and policy development, for example information and exchange on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR is an approach based on the principle that whoever introduces packaging or packaged goods into a country’s market remains responsible for it until the end of the packaging life cycle, including the time after disposal. 

Further topics range from the inclusion of the informal waste sector into waste management processes, options for Deposit-Return-Schemes or enhancing plastic recycling through standards to achieve a good quality of recycled materials and increase their market demand. 


In total, 5 to 13 million tons of plastic waste find their way into the world’s oceans every year.

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