There is one man-made material that we can find everywhere in the world: in soils, in rivers, in the air, in food. While plastic benefits humanity, its impact on every living thing and habitat is increasingly devastating. The damage to species and human health is (almost) irreversible.
This is denounced by WWF, which on the occasion of World Environment Day publishes its new report entitled “Plastic: From Nature to People. It’s time to act” and calls on the government to go beyond recycling of packaging alone and extend separate collection to all consumer plastic products in order to grow the circular economy as a shared value.
As the WWF note states, plastics need to be managed in a more effective and efficient, coordinated and integrated way, involving all stakeholders (from institutions, to companies, to the people and cities where they live) and acting at all stages-from its production, to its use and to its disposal.
The report confirms that Italy is among the worst polluters in the Mediterranean, contributing to pollution mainly as the second largest producer of plastic waste in Europe.
For WWF, it is no longer sustainable to implement a recycling plan limited to packaging and calls on the government to extend separate collection to all consumer plastic products so that they can be transformed into new objects, growing the circular economy as a shared value.