Plastic Waste – The US Should Create National Strategy by End of 2022

A December 1, 2021 National Academies news release summary of a report released that day advises that “… The United States should create a national strategy by the end of 2022 to reduce its contribution to plastic waste in the ocean … Plastic waste has devastating impacts on the ocean’s health, marine wildlife, and communities. Without changing current practices … plastics will continue to accumulate in the ocean … today’s recycling processes and infrastructure are grossly insufficient to manage the complexity and quantity of plastic waste produced … The report lays out six intervention stages: Reducing plastic production … Innovating design and materials to develop substitutes … Decreasing waste generation by reducing the use of disposable plastic products intended for short periods of use … Improving waste management … Capturing waste in the environment … [and] Minimizing at-sea disposal …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Recycling @theNASEM