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What are the global policy reviews?

To understand what makes plastic policy effective, 100 different policies that addressed plastic were identified. These policies included: 

Legally binding policies

  • bans on plastic bags
  • bans on single use plastic products (SUPPs)
  • taxes on plastic products
  • recycling regulations
  • extended producer accountability

Voluntary policies

  • industry commitments 
  • affirmative action
  • information instruments
  • plastic pacts

These policies were then reviewed against a set of criteria to establish what made them effective or ineffective. For more information see our Methods page.

Upcoming Events

What is your relationship with plastics?

Our enrichment module, A plastic Revolution continued this week, exploring the role plastics play in our society, how we as consumers use them and our attitudes and behaviours towards plastic packaging.

Join our #PlasticFutures conference this June!

The mission-driven conference will be an opportunity to share research and innovation across disciplines and communities and forge future collaborations to inspire new solutions to end plastic pollution.

Coastal city residents want to do more to reduce their single-use plastic waste and are trying to recycle more, but feel they can’t due to current infrastructure challenges and accessibility barriers they face 🧵⬇️