Methane Matters: Towards a Global Methane Agreement

To keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, methane emissions must be cut by 45% this decade. Read more about how emissions can be cut in the three top emitting sectors: energy, agriculture, and waste .

In 2020, GAIA released an alert identifying an alarming trend: legislators were introducing bills to promote the expansion of so-called “chemical recycling” (also known as “advanced recycling”, “waste-to-fuel”, “waste-to-plastic,” “plastic transformation,” and “plastics renewal”), eight of which had been signed into law. This unproven waste management strategy is endorsed by the plastic industry via its lobbying arm, the American Chemistry Council. This alert is an update on that trend, which the petrochemical industry has accelerated. Since our first alert, eleven more states have passed such laws, bringing the total to 20 since 2017. These laws relax pollution regulations and/or provide subsidies for these facilities, with some explicitly defining them as recycling facilities, despite numerous reports from media, watchdog, and nonprofit groups concluding that they are little more than plastic burning. In addition to these threats, this alert contains suggested intervention points for advocates and highlights legislative approaches that counter the expansion of these technologies.

El uso o desarrollo de estándares sobre la biodegradabilidad en ambientes abiertos o en el ambiente marino, ya que no se deben diseñar los plásticos para su degradación en la naturaleza. Los esfuerzos para desarrollar métodos de prueba y verificación ambientalmente robustos distraerían de las soluciones que deben darse en las etapas iniciales de la producción.

La responsabilidad extendida del productor (REP) consiste en políticas que buscan mejorar el desempeño medioambiental y social de los productos responsabilizando a los productores y a los dueños de las marcas por el ciclo de vida completo de sus productos.

La transición de una economía supeditada al plástico hacia una economía circular de basura cero requiere una efectiva movilización y asignación de recursos financieros.

Trois ans après l’adoption par la Convention de Bâle des amendements relatifs aux déchets plastiques entrés en vigueur en janvier 2021, le commerce international de déchets plastiques a évolué, mais reste une cause d’injustice environnementale. En effet, les communautés et les écosystèmes des pays importateurs subissent une part disproportionnée de la charge toxique causée lorsque des déchets plastiques importés sont déversés dans des décharges sauvages, brûlés ou recyclés dans des conditions qui nuisent à l’environnement.

Tres años después de que la COP14 del Convenio de Basilea adoptara las enmiendas sobre el comercio de residuos plásticos que entraron en vigor en enero de 2021, la situación del comercio mundial de residuos plásticos ha cambiado. Sin embargo, esto continúa siendo una fuente de injusticia ambiental, ya que las comunidades y los ecosistemas de los países importadores asumen una parte desproporcionada de la carga tóxica derivada del vertido, la quema y el reciclado no ecológico de los residuos plásticos.

Three years after the Basel Convention COP14 adopted the plastic waste trade amendments that came into force in January 2021, the global plastic waste trade has shifted but remains a cause of environmental injustice, with communities and ecosystems in importing countries bearing a disproportionate portion of the toxic burden associated with the dumping, burning and environmentally-unsound recycling of plastic waste.

 International, European, Italian and Tunisian environmental groups have joined in demanding the immediate return of 282 containers full of mixed municipal waste that were illegally exported from Italy’s Campania region to the Port of Sousse in Tunisia between May and July 2020. According to the environmental organizations, the exports violated European Union law, Tunisian law as well as international waste trade treaties — the Basel Convention, the Bamako Convention and the Izmir Protocol of the Barcelona Convention.