As producers of products that find their way into the marine environment, plastic makers are working with government officials, scientists, retailers, anti-litter groups and consumers to devise solutions to prevent marine debris. View these videos below to learn more.
ACC and PlasticsEurope announced a global declaration on marine litter solutions at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu. 47 world plastic organizations in 29 countries signed the pledge, which describes steps that the industries will take, and suggests approaches and platforms for global cooperation and future partnerships.
The American Chemistry Council's Steve Russell, Vice President of Plastics, discusses marine debris and global solutions.
Keep California Beautiful Beach Party—What NOT to do on the beach.
David Osborn, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya, talks about the 5th International Marine Debris Conference and how the various groups and stakeholders are committed to addressing the problem of marine debris.
The American Chemistry Council supports marine debris research; independent scientists, government agencies, private industry and others have been conducting research for decades on the scope and sources of marine debris.
The American Chemistry Council is working with the California Department of Parks and Recreation (California State Parks) and Keep California Beautiful (KCB) to provide recycling opportunities to those who visit California’s pristine state beaches and campgrounds. Under this program, more than 650 recycle bins and educational signs encouraging recycling have been placed in 31 locations throughout San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, San Diego, Monterey and Santa Cruz.
The American Chemistry Council’s Plastic Division provided financial resources and expertise to help the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, create a new exhibit, “Our Watershed: Pathway to the Pacific.” The exhibit includes a permanent marine debris education program aimed at reaching young people with the importance of recycling and proper disposal.
Operation Clean Sweep is jointly managed by the Society of the Plastics Industry, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association and the American Chemistry Council to prevent the release of resin pellets into the environment. The campaign's goals are to help every plastic resin handling operation implement good housekeeping and pellet containment practices and to work towards achieving zero pellet loss.
The American Chemistry Council helps educate children about recycling plastic through a partnership with the after school enrichment program, "LA’s BEST."
The plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council has partnered with Keep California Beautiful, the California Department of Parks and Recreation (California State Parks) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to put more recycle bins on beaches, campgrounds, and rest areas.