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Law banning plastic waste in oceans may be agreed upon at UN Environment Summit

Governments and stakeholders are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea.

Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed upon by countries attending the third United Nations Environment Summit underway in Nairobi.

Governments and stakeholders are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea.

Recognising that plastic waste is one of the largest environmental threat, laws have been passed to stop ships dumping it overboard.

But there’s no international law against plastics flooding into the sea from the land.

Environment ministers meeting in the Kenyan capital are in broad agreement on the need for tougher action to combat the plastics crisis.

The 2017 UN Environment Assembly represents the world’s highest-level of decision-making body on the environment.

The United States is participating although it traditionally resists agreeing to any international laws.