Regulating Plastics in the Pacific EDO NSW

Regulating plastics in the Pacific

Next to climate change, plastics arguably represent the greatest environmental threat facing the planet today. In response, EDO NSW has worked with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and with EDO ACT to produce a guide for policymakers and legislative drafters on regulating plastics in Pacific Island countries.

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Photo by Carlo Iacovino.

Pacific Island countries (PICs) are working to become world leaders in the management and regulation of plastics. This guide contains the policy foundations and high level policy settings for key areas of plastics regulation, including their production, use and disposal.

The key priority areas for plastics regulations covered are:
1. Single-use plastic products 
2. Microplastics in personal care products 
3. Marine plastic pollution: Garbage from ships and dumping at sea 
4. Container deposit schemes 
5. Visitor environmental levies 
6. Statutory environment funds 

The overall long-term objectives of the policies and drafting instructions in the guide are to:

1. Prevent, reduce, or eliminate plastic entering the environment (land, air and sea) through waste prevention and the management of plastic waste; and
2. Facilitate the long-term recovery of all plastic waste, whether recyclable or not, to assist in moving the Pacific region towards a circular economy approach.

Overall, it is hoped that this guide assists PICs to build on existing laws and institutions to protect their environments, economies and societies from plastic pollution, improve waste management and recovery and find alternative and practical solutions to avoidable plastic use.

Download the guide: Regulating Plastics in Pacific Islands Countries