Despite what we’ve been told, plastic is not cheap. Its production and disposal—and the pollution it causes come with high social, environmental, and economic costs, borne primarily by communities and governments. Moreover, there are disparities in the distribution of these costs within and between countries. A WWF-commissioned report developed by Dalberg reveals for the first time the scale of these disparities. It estimates that the true full lifetime cost of plastic is eight times higher in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. For low-income countries in particular, the full lifetime cost of plastic rises to 10 times that of high-income countries.
The Plastic Policy Summit identified nine key interventions to reduce plastic pollution through immediate and long-term action items. The Executive Summary contains select highlights from the recommended actions for governments, businesses, and all stakeholders.
The Plastic Policy Summit identified nine key interventions to reduce plastic pollution through immediate and long-term action items. Each section of the full report focuses on an intervention, providing an overview, the key components of the relevant breakout discussions, the action items that emerged, case studies, and additional resources. These summaries represent the perspectives that speakers and participants shared in discussions and the content from Summit resources shared in the pre-read and throughout the event.
As part of the No Plastic in Nature vision, WWF released this position on Chemical Recycling Implementation Principles to help inform if, and how, the emerging waste management technology should be pursued as a plastic waste mitigation tactic.
WWF has made it a priority to combat plastic waste. To inform this work, WWF retained Corona Insights in 2020 to develop and implement research to understand the public’s awareness of the issue, current behaviors around usage and recycling, and attitudes toward plastics in the United States.
WWF’s white paper Moving From a Linear to a Circular Economy outlines the key policy priorities we have as we work to end plastic leakage into nature, ensure communities are treated equitably in materials production and waste management, and transition from an economy that creates waste to one that cares for our planet.
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