Alliance to End Plastic Waste
Storopack is part of a global initiative against plastic waste in the environment.
July 10, 2019
Plastic waste in the environment, especially in oceans, is a serious global challenge. Together with around 40 companies, the Metzingen-based Storopack, protective packaging specialists, has set itself the goal of eliminating the entry of plastic waste into the environment and eliminating the plastic already present in the environment. The international Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) was founded in January of this year and has already committed to funds of around one billion U.S. dollars. Within the next five years, a total of at least 1.5 billion dollars will be made available for various projects.
“Plastic waste does not belong in the environment but into orderly recycling circuits. This is why we are joining the Alliance with the greatest conviction and in order to make a contribution,” says Hermann Reichenecker, Chairman of the Management Board of Storopack.
Measures planned by the Alliance
AEPW concentrates on a four-part strategy with solution-oriented projects. One of the focal points is the development of the necessary infrastructure. Cities and regions particularly affected by plastic waste are to be supported in the development of a waste disposal infrastructure. Investments will also be made in new technologies for recycling processes and the recovery of plastics. Innovative solutions for recycling of packaging are to be created and a closed-loop economy to be made possible. Part of the budget will also be used to raise awareness among the affected population. The aim is to inform consumers about recycling processes and to create awareness. A special focus is also placed on the disposal of the already accumulated plastic in oceans and rivers, as there is a particularly high need for action here.
The non-profit global initiative encompasses international corporations along the entire plastics value chain, which includes raw material suppliers, chemical companies, plastics producers, consumer goods manufacturers and recycling companies from all over the world. The Alliance also works with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). In the future, cooperation will also extend to governments, non-governmental organizations and investor groups.