G-7 Agree to Work Harder to Reduce Marine Plastic Waste


Halifax, Canada, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--Environment, oceans and energy ministers from the Group of Seven industrial powers agreed on Thursday to promote the recycling of plastic waste and the development of treatment technologies as part of efforts to curb the generation of marine plastic litter.

The ocean waste issue, which is becoming increasingly serious worldwide, took the center stage of discussions on the second day of a three-day meeting among the ministers from the G-7 countries--Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States--plus the European Union in Halifax, eastern Canada.

A document adopted on Thursday called for developing new product designs and management processes to increase "the durability, reusability and recyclability" of plastic products that are not currently recycled.

It also sought the development of "new cost-effective technologies and infrastructure" to collect, recycle and treat plastic waste, as well as the supply of waste management-related support to "major source countries" in order to prevent plastics from entering the environment.

In implementing those measures, the G-7 nations will aim to leverage the mechanisms of international financial institutions, such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank, according to the document.

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