According to experts, annually about 8 million tons of plastic waste are found in the seas.
About one and a half thousand representatives of 187 countries of the world adopted an agreement in Geneva governing the global export of plastic waste. It is reported by Deutsche Welle.
The document, approved following a 12-day consultation, was an addition to the 1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.
The pact provides an opportunity for developing countries to refuse to import garbage from other countries into their territory.
The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Rolf Payet, noted that the agreement is binding.
It is noted that a number of countries, in particular, the United States and Canada, have been exporting plastic trash to Asian countries for many years, claiming that it is properly processed there. “At the same time, most of the polluted mixed waste cannot be recycled and dumped, burned or turned out to be dumped into the oceans,” said Sarah Brochet, an expert with the environmental organization IPEN.
According to experts present at the conference, about 8 million tons of plastic waste are released every year in the seas.
On May 6, a report of experts of the intergovernmental group on biodiversity and ecosystem services at the UN was announced, stating that about a million animal and plant species would be endangered over the coming decades due to human impact on the environment.