Rolph Payet of the United Nations Environment Programme called the agreement signed by 187 countries in Geneva, Switzerland, under the Convention “historic” because countries must monitor where plastic waste goes when it leaves its borders. Payet said the negotiations, which began 11 days ago and brought together 1,400 delegates, went much further than expected. Through rivers such as the Yangtze, Indus, Ganges, Pearl River and Mekong River, a lot of plastic enters marine habitats. These rivers pass through densely populated areas, with a lack of adequate waste management infrastructure. Here, a fisherman in the Philippines removes a fish and crab trap from the plastic-filled waters. Almost every country in the world, with the exception of the United States, on Friday approved an agreement that would drastically reduce the amount of plastic released into the world`s oceans. Rich nations must look long and hard in the mirror. Countries that produce most of the world`s plastic waste have a duty to prevent, reduce and eliminate their chaos. This is much more than building more recycling facilities.
It is about designing products to reduce waste. The change began in 2018, when China banned the importation of plastic waste. Rich nations have tried to find new countries to get rid of their waste. Southeast Asia has become the goal of the elections. But the region`s recycling industry cannot handle the influx, especially because the plastic they receive is often the most difficult to recycle. OECD members held a series of meetings between July 2019 and July 2020 to discuss whether and how to update the rules for plastic waste shipped between Member States, in light of changes to plastic waste in May 2019 at the Basel Convention on Control of Dangerous Waste Cross-Border Transfers and their Disposal , which governs waste transfers at the international level, have been carried out. The new regulations were proposed as an amendment to the Norwegian agreement, which notably insisted, unsuccessfully, at the meeting of the National Programme for the Unified Environment held in Nairobi last March for a more comprehensive comprehensive agreement on plastic waste.