A man walks on a mountain of plastic bottles as he carries a sack of them to be sold for recycling in Dandora, Kenya. File/AP
Ahead of the talks starting Monday in Paris, many countries have said a goal of the treaty should be "circularity" - or keeping already-produced plastic items in circulation as long as possible.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hosting the talks released a blueprint for reducing plastic waste by 80% by 2040. In the report, issued earlier this month, it outlined three key areas of action: reuse, recycling and reorientation of plastic packaging to alternative materials.
Some environmental groups criticized the report for focusing on waste management, which they saw as a concession to the global plastics and petrochemicals industry.
A Chinese labourer sorts out plastic bottles for recycling in Dong Xiao Kou village, on the outskirt of Beijing. AFP
"Real solutions to the plastics crisis will require global controls on chemicals in plastics and significant reductions in plastic production," said Therese Karlsson, science advisor with the International Pollutants Elimination Network.
Under a new group called Global Partners for Plastics Circularity, the industry has put mechanical and chemical recycling at the center of its position.
UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen told Reuters that the criticism of recycling being in the report ignored the report's broader recommendations for overhauling packaging.
"We're talking about redesign, and when we're talking redesign, it's everything that we need to do so that we use less plastic," she said. "That's where it begins."
Shrinath Flexipack, India’s leading manufacturer of plastic packaging materials has finalised an agreement to build its first factory in the Middle East at Kizad.
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Largely to blame is the coronavirus and the response to ward it off — the masks, gloves and other plastic-based items, many of which are now ending up in our oceans — already strewn with the slow-to-degrade detritus of a constantly growing industry. Masks, visors, gloves or screens ... all are crucial accessories to keep COVID-19 at bay.
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