WWF is urging governments to start negotiating a legally binding international treaty on marine plastics pollution at the upcoming UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting in Nairobi. They warn that an additional 104 million metric tonnes of plastic is at risk of leakage to our ecosystems by 2030 without a drastic change in approach. Importantly the treaty would establish national targets and reporting mechanisms that extend to companies that are involved in the creation of targeted materials and provides financial and technical support for low income countries. The report calls for measures to reinforce existing initiatives, such as eliminating problematic single-use plastics, upgrading national waste management plans and reaching 100 per cent collection rates. The unified global approach is undoubtably an important step in addressing the global problem especially in developing countries that have inadequate waste management and recycling infrastructure.

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