Unfortunately, efforts to date to reduce plastic waste have been flawed or insufficient, and, as a result, there are approximately 150 million tons of plastic floating in our oceans today. This report aims to provide all actors with a stake in plastic with a primer on plastic waste and recycling in Asia Pacific and a set of realistic and feasible recommendations for businesses on what they can do to prevent plastic from becoming waste. It was developed in consultation with representatives from the private and public sectors, civil society, and academia.
Keeping plastic out of landfills, the oceans, and the riverways is undoubtedly a complex task with many entrance points, perspectives, and approaches. With global momentum on eliminating plastic waste, now is the time for stakeholders to act.