Worldwide sustainability goals also include the plastic soup

Amsterdam, 3 October 2018 – The waste that the world produces will increase by 70% by 2050. This is the main conclusion of the What a Waste 2.0 report published by the World Bank last month. It is not a cheerful conclusion. Unless drastic measures are taken, the waste that ends up in the sea will increase as the world’s population and its purchasing power increase. A shocking observation is that 93% of the rubbish in low-income countries is dumped in landfills in the open air compared to 2% in high-income countries. Plastic is the biggest evil because it does not degrade and it pollutes the oceans. Plastic that is dumped in the open air often blows away and ends up in the sea.

What a Waste 2.0 asserts that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 offer a framework for action. Some of the SDGs’ targets are related to reducing waste production and plastic waste production. Countries are required to make efforts and put measures in place so that the SDGs are attained in 2030. The SDGs place the plastic soup firmly on countries’ and organisations’ sustainability agenda.

The Plastic Soup Foundation has clearly shown the relationship between the SDGs and the plastic soup. While none of the 17 SDGs has the plastic soup as a main theme, the relationship between the SDGs and the war on the plastic soup is irrefutable. The fight against the plastic soup involves:

 preventing plastic from entering the environment;
 avoiding health risks;
 absolute reduction in plastic.

Read here about how these three points are incorporated in the individual SDGs.