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Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.

Vanuatu Waste Management Regulations Order no. 15 of 2018

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Strength of evidence: Limited Available Evidence
Reviewed under framework: Yes

This policy prohibited manufacture of disposable containers, single use plastic bags, and plastic straws, and the use or sale of plastic straws, disposable containers, and single use plastic bags with the exception of bags used to carry or wrap meat or fish.

Considered a ‘system wide change’, this policy is regarded as successful due to the strong public support and investment in alternatives. The government was responsive to public concerns shared via social media campaigns in direct response to litter being washed up on beaches and shorelines of Vanuatu but remained sensitive to the pace of change required. The government avoided banning single use plastic items that did not have suitable alternatives.

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Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.

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