The European Commission has today issued a headline reduction target for marine litter in Europe as part of its Communication on a Circular Economy. We believe that this target is inadequate and will need to be significantly strengthened to really tackle the problem of waste entering our seas.
A year after its establishment, members of the Marine Litter Action Network (MLAN) met again in London, UK, on June 8 to reflect on what the network had achieved during its first year, and discuss the way forward.
The anniversary event was an opportunity for Project AWARE and all participating members to catch up on various initiatives that emerged from working together as a network, as well as share the results of ongoing campaigns.
After many months of uncertainty, the College of Commissioners quietly approved the 2015 work programme, including the withdrawal of the Circular Economy package, otherwise known as the Waste Target Reform proposal.
In Miami, the world’s leading plastics associations launched a Progress Report on the Global Declaration of the Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter originally announced in March 2011 at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference.
Last Sunday, to kick off Debris Month of Action, PADI and Project AWARE staff from the Bristol office in the UK organized a Dive Against Debris event in collaboration with West Country Divers in Swanage.