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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
No plastic in nature
Plastic waste is choking our planet—polluting the air, water, and soil both people and wildlife need to survive. Plastic flows into our natural environment at an unprecedented rate—every minute a dump truck's worth of plastic waste enters into our oceans alone.
We need to transition to a circular economy that allows us all to reuse, recycle and reduce our plastic footprint. In a circular economy, materials would be effectively recycled and reused to create new products, reducing the impact of waste on the environment. Five years ago, WWF set an ambitious goal to see no new plastic in nature by 2030. And thanks to the efforts of millions of people like you across the world, we’re on track to meet that goal. At home, WWF is advocating for strong policies to tackle the problem of plastic pollution from both federal and state governments such as Extended Producer Responsibility.
March: 5th Assembly of UNEA votes to adopt a global resolution on plastic
June: Colorado and California become the third and fourth states to sign Extended Producer Responsibility into law
November: The United Nations INC holds the first meeting to outline the treaty
May: The United Nations INC holds the 2nd meeting to outline the treaty
February: UN Member States will report on treaty status at the 6th Assembly of UNEA
End of 2024: The global treaty text is finalized
Treaty is signed and ratified by the UN Member States
Beyond 2025: Treaty enters implementation
A Global Commitment
In March 2022, the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) agreed to establish a legally binding international agreement to end plastic pollution. A treaty like this will hold countries accountable for building better systems for recycling and waste management. It will also mandate them to meet specific targets that reduce reliance on virgin plastic, or plastic that is produced from brand new resources.
Over the next two years, WWF will advocate for the final treaty to include the necessary elements for the resolution to be a success. To get there, we need all parts of society—from NGOs, to businesses, to individuals—to keep speaking up. Garnering support from the private sector is particularly important, as businesses are now facing an unprecedented opportunity to leverage their critical influence and maximize their impact.
A Broken System
The current systems for handling waste and recycling in the US cant properly handle sheer volume of new material that is produced all the time. Our waste management system and recycling infrastructure are simply not adequately equipped for that. When we throw out plastic instead of recapturing and recycling it, we miss an important opportunity to recapture the value of the resources already used to produce our plastics. WWF is advocating for a holistic solution that curbs plastic pollution and its many associated consequences.
Recent public opinion polling commissioned by WWF shows the public is not satisfied with a confusing and overwhelming recycling system.
are frustrated that plastic waste often ends up in the ocean.
agree our economy needs to shift from one that throws things away to one that favors reuse and recyling.
prefer plastic products that can be reused over disposable packaging.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) would remove the burden of recycling from taxpayers and ensure the companies that create waste are responsible for reducing their plastic footprint.
Tackle the Problem at Home
Individually, we can't solve the plastic pollution problem, but we can all contribute in ways to help build a world without plastic pollution in nature. We need strong policies to keep producers of plastic accountable, and at the same time, there are daily steps we can take within our own lives to help.