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Nearly all the world's countries sign deal to prevent plastic waste – except US

By the Guardian

Deal will improve handling of plastic waste and prevent it from getting washed or dumped into oceans and rivers, UN saysRead full story

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  • Henry Tobias Jones
    Henry Tobias JonesEditor of Dyson on: at Dyson

    The upshot of all the countries signing the Kyoto Protocol on Climate change in the 1990s was zero meaningful change - except in Europe - where the governments allowed car manufacturers to lobby for clean diesel which caused an ecological and health disaster there. The US not signing documents isn’t a bad thing. The important thing is what we are actually doing..

  • Dr Gail Barnes
    Dr Gail BarnesPartner at Personify LLC

    Exporting countries – including the US – now will have to obtain consent from countries receiving contaminated, mixed or unrecyclable plastic waste. Currently, the US and other countries can send lower-quality plastic waste to private entities in developing countries without getting approval from their governments.

  • Akshat Rathi
    Akshat RathiSenior reporter at Quartz

    It's good that bullies like the US can't always have their way. The rules are a good first step to manage plastic waste.

  • Rodney Wise
    Rodney Wise

    Polluting the world without permission ends now. This is a good idea, right?

    Nope. It's pay to play only now. The US will always be able to dump plastic, there are just fees attached now. It's the small underdeveloped countries without access to a mountain of cash to move these plastics that will suffer. They will become the dumping grounds because greedy politicians will always accept mountains of waste for mountains of cash.

  • One of the main reasons I am running for President. This darkness cannot last forever.

  • Gregory Forystek
    Gregory Forystek

    Why isn't anyone working on eliminating the waste in the first place? We recycle other items, why not plastic? I understand that there are different kinds of plastics, but does anyone know if research is being done to break down, combine, and reuse the components in plastics? Maybe some kind of generic catalyst so the components can be reengineered into something else useful?

  • John Rice
    John Rice

    The reason that the US did not sign on to this, is that it does not stop dumping. It just allows for countries that can afford to, pay to dump. The US under President Trump has done more to clean up the problem than any other country. This agreement is not a winner. It's a bad deal for the little guy.

  • Barclay Quatremain
    Barclay Quatremain

    When is the USA going to deal with its own waste within its own boundaries..... Make waste recycling, sorting cleaning and Management a NEW JOB PROCESS, give the workers a minimum wage, to pick sort clean grind and prepare for industrial reuse.

    Give them the right equipment to wear, tools to use and be part of the new way to recycle US used product, be a world leader!!

  • Kevin Wilson
    Kevin WilsonProject Manager at undisclosed

    Way to go USA. You're the best at being the worst.

  • mark white
    mark white

    I'm not surprised of the Trump Administration not siging onto preventing plastic waste, their policies from day one his been anti- environmental and zero conservationist.

  • So ready for 2020!!!!

  • Eddy-Joe Gauthier
    Eddy-Joe Gauthier

    How long have the US been dumping their garbage and who knows what else in the ocean. Barges and barges full everyday. They are probably the number one cause of ocean pollution. Sad really.

  • Plastic, the smart chemical innovation, became the most dangerous one for the planet. This has to change. Its use must be downsized. Otherwise we will live in a real plastic word.

  • John Gray
    John GrayFormer Banker Risk Management

    It sounds great but there is money involved so non signatory countries can try and find ways to circumvent the accord. In particular the exporting countries need the consent of the recipient government. That sounds as if pressure could be applied.

  • Glenn S.
    Glenn S.

    Support this The Guardian with any donation you can. It’s time that we ALL take a stand and actuallt DO something about this epidemic that’s suffocating our planet. We seem to think that this plastic poisoning we have created doesn’t affect us humans because the efffects are not YET visible to the eye. There is scientific proof that the plastic is inside of our bodies already. It won’t be too long before we start seeing the adverse effects on ourselves, our loved ones, children. Our earth, our home

    Support this The Guardian with any donation you can. It’s time that we ALL take a stand and actuallt DO something about this epidemic that’s suffocating our planet. We seem to think that this plastic poisoning we have created doesn’t affect us humans because the efffects are not YET visible to the eye. There is scientific proof that the plastic is inside of our bodies already. It won’t be too long before we start seeing the adverse effects on ourselves, our loved ones, children. Our earth, our home is suffering, brining everything closer and closer to extinction. How is it that no Media reports any of this? Where is CNN? NBC? FOX? Do they all have a capsule they can hop into when **** hits the fan that it’s ok to not tell us the rest to raise awareness and act against the country to stop this polluting abuse on OURSELVES and our HOME. Is it that they’ve found out that it’s for sure that the elite will be able to flee to another planet once this one isn’t safe or sustainable for our lives anymore that they don’t care to have the rest of us know and really act upon the crisis? Starts acting now DO IT, somehow. Wash your plastic before recycling it. The plastic that gets to the farms dirty or contaminated is plastic that will not be reused, but dumped elsewhere to pile up and keep adding to the waste that now seems to be irreversible. Good job America, do you wonder where OUR plastic will go now?

  • Chris Lombardi
    Chris LombardiDSA Weekly

    Who's a rogue nation?

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    The deal is an important first step. The United States not signing is a little bit more complicated, but to be called a bully, is not ideal and should not be ignored.

  • mark wolfe
    mark wolfe

    The problem with international organizations and the deals they make are that they are not the governments. The individual governments don't have to comply with the terms or ratify them. Look at the emissions increase from all those in the deal to reduce the emissions. The same will most likely happen to this deal as well.

  • Stan Magryta
    Stan Magryta

    We seem to be recycling our ocean dumped plastics already.

    We extract the plastics from the dead whales washing up on the shores to start the recycling process.☹

  • Joah Flood
    Joah FloodRenaissance Man

    Elysium, here we come!

  • mike pouraryan
    mike pouraryanthe daily outsider

    Not withstanding what I saw hope all realize the current administration has no regard for international law

  • Del Rio Alexandre
    Del Rio Alexandre

    That's a good start

  • Daved Benefield
    Daved Benefield

    We are winning!

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