Marine plastic pollution

EDOs of Australia submission on the threat of marine plastic pollution in Australia and Australian waters

9 October 2015 - Download PDF

In this submission EDOs of Australia calls for:

  • additional regulatory measures to reduce key sources of marine plastic pollution, based on best available evidence (e.g. further implementation of container deposit schemes and extending bans on single-use plastic bags);
  • better resourcing and implementation for pollution offences and infrastructure (internalising pollution costs through a polluter pays approach);
  • timely cooperation between state and federal governments, raising standards to a ‘highest common denominator’ approach to reducing plastic pollution (without delaying effective state efforts like the schemes mentioned above); and
  • reviewing the adequacy of oversight of fishing gear and garbage disposal at sea, and considering Australia’s capacity-building role on marine plastic pollution in the Asia-Pacific region.