A step forward for the Asian plastics industry in the fight against marine litter

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THE Asia Plastics Forum (APF) welcomes the G20’s call for the world to unite in the fight against marine litter under a common global vision of the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision, and recognising that the key lies in reducing plastic litter through improved waste management.

Effective waste management closely supported by a strong recycling industry is the way forward towards implementing an effective and efficient Circular Economy model which recognises the important role of plastics for society.

As the secretariat of APF, the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) applauds this effort which is in line with the plastics industry’s view that littering has resulted in plastic debris in the marine environment.

Plastics do not belong in the world’s oceans and should not be littered – plastics should be responsibly used, reused, and recycled.

Japan’s leadership on this matter in the G20 is reflected by initiatives such as the Japan Initiative for Marine Environment (JaIME) for Asian emerging countries to observe and experience Japan’s Plastic Waste Management system as a model for a more sustainable future.

For over ten years, APF has provided a platform for Asian countries to address sustainability issues affecting the plastics industry, especially on plastics litter.