A local initiative sought to tackle the plastic problem on the island nation of Sao Tomé and Principe. Now that the program is coming to an end, DW revisits how it worked.
Global waste growth will outpace population growth by 2050, with most of the trash being generated in urban areas. The World Bank says urgent action is needed to prevent untreated waste from clogging the streets.
The EU is exploring high-tech solutions to plastic pollution but some experts are skeptical. They say there are simpler and more effective ways to keep our waters plastic-free and they are available now.
Trading plastic trash for a reusable stainless steel bottle. This idea, among others, is helping the island of Principe go plastic-free. The program has already eliminated hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles.
On the heels of the EU plastics strategy, which includes making plastic packaging recyclable by 2030, DW spoke with the environment minister of Sweden, who has pushed for stronger measures to manage plastic waste.
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