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What legislative tools can tackle ocean plastic?

16 November 2017
Delphine Lévi Alvarès and Ian Welsh
Need to let go of plastics

Better regulation has a clear role to focus business on ocean plastics action

Business responds well to clarity, simplicity and consistency, and these three things are not hallmarks of plastics recycling and pollution prevention policy in many countries. Various approaches have been trialled by various governments and regional authorities to tackle plastics pollution, without much success.

In this podcast Delphine Lévi Alvarès, European coordinator of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement, Zero Waste Europe, talks to Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh about how the different piecemeal pieces of legislation can best be effective. They discuss when levies, such as the UK’s 5p plastic bag charge, can be effective, or when banning certain products in some circumstances are is the right way to go. Alvarès argues that consumers have lost a sense of value in plastics and legislation, with business support, can help bring this back.

 

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