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APEC recognizes waste management as regional priority

Combatting the growing problem of marine debris requires land-based solutions

APEC recognizes waste management as regional priority

In response to the recent adoption of nine policy and practice recommendations to improve waste management in Asia Pacific Economies by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program issued the following statement:

“Ocean Conservancy is glad to see APEC Economic Leaders recognize the importance of waste management infrastructure as a socio-economic and environmental priority at the recent Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Lima, Peru this past November 20.

“It is very encouraging to see APEC recognize waste management as a key priority for the Asia Pacific region to improve quality of life and the environment. Combatting the growing problem of marine debris requires land-based solutions to prevent the leakage of trash into the ocean. Improved waste management infrastructure from all Asia Pacific economies will have a substantive impact in reducing marine debris and the harms it poses to the ocean. Ocean Conservancy congratulates APEC and looks forward to continuing our work with partners and colleagues to improve waste management to achieve a future of trash free seas.”

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