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.