"US Lagging on Ocean Plastic Litter, OECD Says in Critical Report"

"An international organization of democracies chastised the US on Thursday for its outsize contribution to marine plastic litter.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development made the criticisms in its first environmental performance review for the US since 2005. The report looked broadly at pressures on the environment, including climate change and urban sprawl, and made 30 recommendations for better environmental protection, with a focus on marine litter and environmental justice.

The recommendations included a national ban on some of the most frequently littered items, such as plastic straws, single-use bags, and packaging.

The US was the top generator of plastic waste globally in total volume and per capita in 2019, according to the report. Plastic use in the US doubled between 1990 and 2019."

Christine Zhu reports for Bloomberg Environment June 22, 2023.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 06/23/2023