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Preventing is better than cleaning up

Preventing is better than cleaning up

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Uploaded 14 Jun 2016 by Tom Skarning
Year: 2016
From collection: Marine Litter Vital Graphics
Author: GRID-Arendal and Maphoto/Riccardo Pravettoni
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Avoiding environmental pollution is a better and cheaper option than cleaning up or mitigating the impact of pollution. There are many ways to tackle the problem of marine plastic debris and microplastics – from preventive upstream measures, through mitigation, to downstream removal. Upstream preventive measures are preferable to downstream removal as they address marine litter at its source by reducing the generation of waste that could become marine litter. These include improved product design, substitution or reuse of materials and more efficient manufacturing. Mitigation through improved waste management, including recycling, can help prevent waste from reaching the marine environment. Finally, downstream litter removal tackles the problem where the impacts are being felt in the marine environment. Beach cleaning or fishing for litter are two examples of actions that can have an immediate, positive effect (UNEP, 2016c).
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  • Most common and visible litter items in beaches
  • How much plastic is estimated to be in the oceans and where it may be
  • Plastic input into the oceans
  • Plasticized animal species - Entangled
  • Natural processes aecting the distribution and fate of plastics
  • The impact of plastic pollution on  oceans is at least $8 bn per year
  • How plastic moves from the economy to the environment
  • How much plastic waste is produced worldwide