Commission launches a Public Consultation on Marine Litter
The European Commission has launched today a public consultation on marine litter and is asking for opinions on how we can best address this problem. The Consultation will be opened until 18th December 2013 and you can find it here.
The seas and oceans are increasingly becoming the waste dump of the planet. Plastic waste forms 80 % of the enormous waste patches in the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, with fatal consequences for numerous sea species.
The European Commission is exploring options to set an EU-wide quantitative reduction headline target for marine litter, as called for in the recently-agreed 7th Environment Action Programme. The marine litter consultation is looking for additional input from citizens and stakeholders. Your views will help to identify the appropriate level of ambition for such a target.