Almost all of world’s nations have signed a historic legally binding agreement to tackle plastic pollution in an effective manner. The USA is one of the very few countries that opted to stay out.
The agreement was reached after two-week summit in Geneva that concluded with adding plastic waste to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal. This is basically a treaty that controls the movement of hazardous waste between countries.
“Plastic waste is acknowledged as one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, and the fact that this week close to 1 million people around the world signed a petition urging Basel Convention Parties to take action here in Geneva at the COPs is a sign that public awareness and desire for action is high,” UN Environment’s Executive Secretary of the three conventions Rolph Payet said in a press release.