Australia to update plastics marine threat plan

The Australian Government plans to release an updated plan next year to reduce plastic and marine debris that endangers seabirds, turtles and other marine life.

The revised plan will include input from a two-day workshop attended by a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from the Melbourne-based Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) and the Sydney-based Australian Packaging Covenant (APC).

APC is a government-industry partnership that aims to reduce and reuse consumer packaging waste. (…)

The environment department spokesman said other workshop participants were researchers from CSIRO and universities with expertise in marine debris, eco-toxicology and wildlife ecology; non-government organizations involved in animal welfare, removing debris from beaches and lobbying for better outcomes for the marine environment; and representatives of Australian and state government agencies. (…) (plasticsnews.com, 29/10/2015)

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