Discussions have been begun on how to control plastics. Next meeting scheduled in December.
Prepatory reports for the meeting included (edited)–
TRADE-MEASURES THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION IN THE
PLASTICS TREATY AND DISCUSSED DURING INC 2
The following specific measures, among others, should be considered in the context of the plastics treaty
Trade restrictions and bans for certain types of plastic feedstocks, polymers, additives, and plastic
products between Parties, and between Parties and non-Parties: It is expected that the plastic treaty
will include restrictions on the production and use of certain plastic feedstocks, polymers, additives, or
products. To support the efficacy of such measures, trade restrictions and bans on imports and exports of
products subject to such phaseouts will be essential. To avoid the possibility to circumvent treaty
obligations through imports or export with non-Parties, the same types of trade restrictions should be
applied between Parties and non-Parties. This type of measure also offers a major incentive for
non-signatory States to sign the agreement.
Permit requirements: Import and export permits allows States to say no and retain control over what is
imported, while export permits place some responsibility on the exporting State to ensure that (i) the
shipment is correctly classified, (ii) meets any requirements, (iii) is in conformity with their supply and
demand reduction commitments, and (iv) that the importing State is able to manage plastic feedstocks,
polymers, additives, or the plastic product in an environmentally-sound manner. This would allow a
certain level of control while still permitting trade in certain types of polymers, additives, and plastic
products that are not restricted or banned.
Declaration of imports and exports of plastic feedstocks, polymers, additives, and plastic products in
addition to monitoring and reporting: All imports and exports of plastic feedstocks, polymers, plastics
products, and additives covered by the plastics treaty should be reported at prescribed intervals, in
accordance with the data reporting system established for that purpose, for instance by sending the data
to the plastic treaty secretariat [or Parties]. As a minimum, Parties must declare the type of feedstock or
plastics, the States of import, export, and transport, in addition to the amount. Reports should be made
easily available by the secretariat. In addition to addressing the general lack of data on plastics and trade,
this transparency measure would contribute to ensuring compliance with the treaty’s provisions and
requirements, and allow other Parties, citizens, and civil society to participate in its enforcement while
fulfilling the right of citizens to access environmental information, recognized in parts of the world.