Yet of all discarded plastic so far, 12% has been incinerated, only 9% has been recycled, and the remainder has either been disposed of in landfills or released into the environment.
The Basel Convention, the UN’s multilateral environmental treaty on the prevention, minimisation and sound management of waste, has established the Plastic Waste Partnership to provide a platform that unites multiple stakeholders under the common goal of eliminating the leakage of plastic waste into our environment.
This year, we asked people from all walks of life around the world to share with us photos that showcase how the indiscriminate use of plastic waste is impacting their daily lives and surroundings. We are proud to present to you the top-tier entries.
Let’s work together to find a sustainable way to co-exist with plastic. If #PlasticIsForever, then society needs to re-think and re-shape our relationship with this complex, useful and ubiquitous material.
This exhibit is organized by the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership, with the support of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS) under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Geneva Environment Network, and the City of Geneva.