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Managing plastics: uses, losses and disposal

Clift, R., Baumann, H., Murphy, R. J. and Stahel, W. R. (2019) Managing plastics: uses, losses and disposal Law, Environment and Development Journal, 15.

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Abstract

It has long been recognised that plastic objects released into the environment have harmful impacts on wildlife. Public realisation that plastic pollution is a major global environmental problem is more recent and has been sudden, sparked by publication of an analysis of the flows of polluting plastics into the environment and the accumulated stocks of polluting waste, particularly in the oceans.1 This contribution aims first to provide an introduction to the history and uses of plastics in the economy and, secondly, to set out the routes by which plastics leak from the economy into the environment in order to inform development of possible strategies to alleviate the problem of plastic pollution.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Clift, R.R.Clift@surrey.ac.uk
Baumann, H.
Murphy, R. J.rj.murphy@surrey.ac.uk
Stahel, W. R.
Date : 2019
Copyright Disclaimer : Published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
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Additional Information : Special issue on designing law and policy towards managing plastics in a circular economy
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 06 Nov 2019 14:05
Last Modified : 06 Nov 2019 14:05
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/853058

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