Overall, the widespread recycling of plastic has been a failure. Globally, only about 9% of all plastic produced is recycled with the rest incinerated, dumped in landfills or burned in open air (OECD, 2022). Many governments are now turning to burning plastics to claim they are either recycling plastic waste through energy recovery or diverting it from landfills.
This report covers the integration of RDF into the waste managemetn system in Albania. The report covers the public documents available, the amount of waste usded for RDF, the waste hierarchy in Albania, data on RDF and dvelopment of RDF policies, and the application of RDF and its nexus with the SDGs.
This report relates to the Sustainable Development goals 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 16.
As global Plastics Treaty negotiations resume in Paris, scientific evidence overwhelmingly points to an urgent need to reduce plastic production and use to meet social justice, health and environmental imperatives
Tuesday, 23 May 2023
WASHINGTON (May 24, 2023)—A new report from Greenpeace USA provides a catalog of peer-reviewed research and international studies concluding that recycling actually increases the toxicity of plastics. It highlights the threat that recycled plastics pose to the health of consumers, frontline communities, and workers in the recycling sector.
Many chemicals released throughout the plastics life cycle are hazardous and have been shown to pose threats to human health and the environment, and most of these chemicals are not regulated internationally. The IPEN briefing Troubling Toxics discusses approaches in the Plastics Treaty to establish criteria for a negative list of toxic chemicals associated with the production, use, and disposal of plastics.
New Report Outlines Science on Health Threats from Plastic Recycling
A new report from Greenpeace USA, in collaboration with IPEN and The Last Beach Cleanup, shows that recycling actually increases the toxicity of plastics and highlights the threats that recycled plastics pose to the health of consumers, frontline communities, and workers in the recycling sector. Along with previous research showing that very little plastic reaches recycling facilities, the report concludes that the upcoming global Plastics Treaty negotiations in Paris must focus on capping and then phasing down plastic production. Read the press release here.
The member states and groups of member states that submitted their views on the elements of the Plastics Treaty have in a large majority (about 74% of the submissions) expressed that the Plastics Treaty should protect human health, and over half of submissions (64%) call for some form of control measure on chemicals in plastics.
Technical review calls for protecting health and the environment from toxic chemical exposures throughout the plastic life cycle
Wednesday, 10 May 2023
Geneva - A report released this week from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions notes that chemicals released throughout the life cycle of plastics pose serious health and environmental threats and should be the focus of global regulations.