The ban on single-use plastic bags wins the support of 75% of people worldwide

At the current rate, the amount of plastic released into the ocean could reach up to 53 MMT per year by 2030, or about half the total weight of fish caught in the ocean each year, according to a US report — © AFP/File

Three in four people around the world want single-use plastics, including bags, straws and water bottles, banned as soon as possible, according to a poll released on Tuesday, as members of the United Nations prepare start talks on a global treaty to curb soaring plastic pollution.

The results of An international survey led by marketing firm Ipsos and the anti-plastic campaign July without plastic was released on February 22. More than 20,000 people in 28 countries were interviewed.

The poll found that in Latin America, China and India, more than 80% agree that single-use plastics should be banned as soon as possible. Canada, the United States and Japan were the least supportive, with less than 40% of Japanese respondents in favor of a ban, according to Yale Environment 360.

However, overall the poll was very telling: those in favor of such a ban fell from 71% in 2019 to 75% in 2022while those who agreed there should be less plastic packaging rose from 75% to 85%.

According to Earth.org, 85% of respondents said they were in favor of manufacturers and retailers being held responsible for reducing, reusing and recycling plastic packaging.

A number of European and North American countries and states have already implemented such a policy called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). Companies are responsible for collecting and recycling cartons, plastic containers and other packaging materials, as well as disposing of any non-recyclable packaging materials.

The international community is increasingly concerned about the huge volumes of fossil fuel-based plastics entering the environment – Copyright AFP/File Luis ACOSTA

The survey sends a clear message

Delegations from 100 countries are expected to meet in Nairobi, Kenya, from February 28 to March 2, at the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to hammer out the global deal to tackle plastic pollution.

The poll results will send a clear message to delegates that they must move forward with an ambitious treaty to tackle plastic waste, a deal that is billed as the most important environmental pact since the 2015 Paris Agreement. on climate change, according to Reuters.

“These results show very clearly that there is a strong global consensus that single-use plastics should be removed from circulation as quickly as possible,” said Stuart Clark, director of Ipsos Australia.

“The fact that there is such strong support for an international treaty to tackle single-use plastics shows that people see this as a challenge that all countries must solve together.”

Bryce K. Locke