Single Use Plastics - A roadmap to sustainability United Nations Environment Program 2018 This paper sets out the latest thinking on how we can achieve this. It looks at what governments, businesses and individuals have achieved at national and sub-national levels to curb the consumption of single-use plastics. It offers lessons that may be useful for policymakers who are considering regulating the production and use of single-use plastics.
Plastic Pollution Primer and ActionToolkit Earth Day Network for the End Plastic Pollution Campaign, 2018
Through the use of this toolkit you will be able to assess your current consumption of plastics and determine how you as an individual can lower your own plastic pollution impact. This is what we call your plastic pollution footprint. We have included a very simple to use plastic pollution footprint calculator and tracker that will allow you to monitor your progress as you reduce your plastic consumption and help to rid the world of this problem.
This pack was prepared ahead of the debate held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 2 May 2018 from 2.30 – 4pm. It covers the scale of the marine plastic problem, recent Government policies and initiative, European Strategy for plastics in a circular economy, UN resolution on marine litter and microplastics, Government policy on reducing plastic waste in the maritime environment 3, The UK “plastic pact”, and Stakeholder views on plastics policies
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Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinances: New York City’s Proposed Charge on All Carryout Bags as a Model for U.S. Cities (USA) Tulane Environmental Law Journal
More of a paper, but serves as a Toolkit in many ways. Includes sections for: Ban vs. Charge, Specific Clauses to be Included in Ordinances, Building a Strong Administrative Record for an Ordinance, Plastic Industry Standard Arguments and Attempts to Preempt Ordinances, Building a Local Grassroots Campaign. Published in Tulane Environmental Law Journal.
Good Practices Guide: Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags Surfrider Foundation
Includes: Step-by-step advice and a checklist for banning bags in the European Union, and includes lots of case studies.
"Rise Above Plastics" Toolkit (USA) Surfrider Foundation
Includes: Six steps to a plastic reduction ordinance.
Bag It Town Toolkit Bag It Team
Includes: Step-by-step instructions and resources to initiate a Bag It Town campaign in the USA
-Goals & Tactics
-Sample Campaign Plan
-Letter to Retailers
-Letter to Elected Officials
Reusable Bag Ordinance Toolkit for Maine, USA Natural Resources Council of Maine
-a list of Maine towns with bag ordinances
-Why Support a Reusable Bag Ordinance (essentially like a fact sheet)
-Guide to Designing Local Ordinances that Encourage the use of Reusable Shopping Bags
-List of Resources/External Links
-Strategy to Win
-Guide for writing LTEs
-Link to a grant
Community Bag Law Toolkit for Massachusetts, USA- Mass Green
-Powerpoint Presentation to Support Bag Laws
-Greenhouse Gas & Retail Cost Calculator
-Flyers and Other Publicity Materials
-Tips for Municipalities with Representative Town Meeting
-Working with Business Owners
-Preparing to meet the Opposition
-Do bag laws really make a difference?
Bag Ban Tool Kit California, USA Californians Against Waste
-Local Model Ordinance Language
-Sample Support Letter
-Final Language for Statewide Legislation
-Policy Committee Analyses
-Sample Fact Sheets
-The Real Cost of Single-Use Plastic Bags
-Plastic Bag Impacts and Bag Ban Results
-Common Myths and Misperceptions from Bag Ban Opponents, More Myths Debunked
-Frequently Asked Questions: Living Without Single-Use Plastic Bags Under SB270
-Reusable Bag Safety. Rebuttals and related links
-Local Ordinance Results
Plastic Source Reduction Toolkit for Colleges & Universities and Other Institutional Settings US Environmental Protection Agency
The toolkit identifies four steps to achieving source reduction:
- Determining the campus’s plastic footprint with the toolkit’s Footprint Calculator;
- Creating a source reduction plan to reduce or eliminate the use of disposable plastic items;
- Changing campus procurement practices by identifying less environmentally impactful products; and
- Establishing campus-wide source reduction policies.
The Last Straw Community Tool Kit The Last Plastic Straw
Provides resources for community organizations to adopt a “straw-free” campaign that engages with local restaurants and school cafeterias to reduce plastic straw use at the source. Community organizations can encourage food vendors to institute a “Straws Upon Request” policy where they only provide straws to customers who request them, and upon request, provide reusable or non-plastic straws, such as those made of wax-coated paper, that would break down more easily in the environment.
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Polystyrene legislation resources Mass Green
Compiles polystyrene legislation in Massachusetts and other states in the US.
Polystyrene legislation 5 Gyres
Provides sample polystyrene bans and resources for awareness for the Nix the Six campaign.
Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers United Nations Environment Program
Mentions examples, and makes high level suggestions rather than being a toolkit as the name suggests. Has sections for: Prohibiting the Manufacture of Plastic Bags, Plastic Bag Bans, Regulation of Bag Thickness, Taxes and other Levies, Requiring or Encouraging Reusables
Ban Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS) Plastic Pollution Coalition
Includes six steps to an EPS ban
1. Educate yourself on the dangers of polystyrene foam.
2. Build the local movement and get citizens on board with the idea
3. Connect with others working to ban foam.
4. Study successful ordinances.
5. Write to friends and local businesses you support.
6. Contact your local representatives.
Disposable Foam (EPS) Container Tool Kit Maine, USA Natural Resources Council of Maine
International Pellet Watch: Global monitoring of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in coastal waters. 1. Initial phase data on PCBs, DDTs, and HCHs Marine Pollution Bulletin October 2009
Holistic approach needed to reduce consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags European Commission, Science for Economic Policy 10 September 2015
Waste Free Oceans Conference: Guardians of the Sea European Parliament 14 October 2015
Classify plastic waste as hazardous Nature 13 February 2013
The Existing Situation and Challenges Regarding the Use of Plastic Carrier Bags in Europe Waste Management and Research May 2015