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Organisation to tackle plastic pollution in Great Lakes

April 07/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chemical maker Dow Inc. is one of several industry firms involved in a new cross-border Canada-U.S. business group thats developing a five-year plastics pollution plan for the Great Lakes, said Canplastics.

Founded by the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), the Circular Great Lakes is a new regional initiative focused on identifying projects to tackle plastic pollution in this region.

"Plastic waste and pollution are serious issues in the Great Lakes, Mark Fisher, president and CEO of CGLR, said in a March 31 news release. Circular Great Lakes will be the catalyst for identifying the transformational projects, forming the partnerships, and mobilizing the public-private sector investments required to ensure this valuable material never becomes waste in this region, North Americas economic engine."

Circular Great Lakes will work with partners including the Alliance to End Plastic Waste to develop a circular economy strategy for plastics in the region, setting the stage for targeted actions and partnerships over the next five years. Priorities of the initiative include driving systemic changes necessary to close the loop for plastics in the region, shifting away from a linear, take-make-dispose economy, and materials management mindset, the news release said.

In addition to Dow, founding corporate activation partners and funders of Circular Great Lakes include Charter Next Generation, Imperial, Pregis Corp., American Packaging Corp., and Rothmans Benson & Hedges.

As MRC informed earlier, Dow will spend approximately USD294 to install and operate air pollution control and monitoring technology at 4 US chemical facilities as part of a settlement with The Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).

As per MRC, Russia's output of chemical products rose in February 2021 by 5.3% year on year. Thus, production of basic chemicals increased year on year by 7.5% in the first two months of 2021. According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, mineral fertilizers accounted for the greatest increase in the January-February output. Production of benzene dropped to 113,000 tonnes in February 2021, compared to 120,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of this product reached 241,000 tonnes over the stated period, down by 7.5% year on year.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, PP, PE, packaging, petrochemistry, Dow, recycling, Canada, USA.
Category:General News
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