Moving from symptom management to upstream plastics prevention: The fallacy of plastic cleanup technology


Bergmann M., Arp H. P., Carney Almroth B., Conger W., Dey T., Gündoğdu S., ...More

One Earth, vol.6, pp.1-4, 2023 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Technical Note
  • Volume: 6
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.oneear.2023.10.022
  • Journal Name: One Earth
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-4
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Plastic removal technologies can temporarily mitigate plastic accumulation at local scales, but evidence-based criteria are needed in policies to ensure that they are feasible and that ecological benefits outweigh the costs. To reduce plastic pollution efficiently and economically, policy should prioritize regulating and reducing upstream production rather than downstream pollution cleanup.

Plastic removal technologies can temporarily mitigate plastic accumulation at local scales, but evidence-based criteria are needed in policies to ensure that they are feasible and that ecological benefits outweigh the costs. To reduce plastic pollution efficiently and economically, policy should prioritize regulating and reducing upstream production rather than downstream pollution cleanup.