175 Nations make a Treaty Plan…

This past month, 175 nations agreed to come up with a global treaty to deal with plastic pollution. The aim of the treaty is to improve recycling, curb plastic production and eliminate single use plastic products. Hopefully the details of the treaty will be finished by 2024. Only 9% of plastic is now recycled with the bulk going to landfills. At present plastics are manufactured from fossil fuels which is responsible for the release of about 4.5% of green house gases. The proposal was put together through the efforts of Peru and Rwanda. Rwanda has led the way with strict laws banning import, production, and use of plastic bags and packaging. The countries involved are looking to the Paris Accord to establish a time frame in which all countries must comply. This would be a major step in addressing microplastics, the breakdown of plastic, which is now filling our oceans.