Detailing the dire consequences of plastic pollution and noting China’s 2017 decision to stop importing plastic waste from other countries, Professor Sarah Morath observed that “[t]here has never been a more opportune time to consider our plastics problem.” Sarah J. Morath, Our Plastic Problem, 33 Nat. Res. & Env’t 45, 49 (Spring 2019). In line with Professor Morath’s noted window of opportunity and recognizing the grave implications of plastics for the ocean environment, coastal biodiversity, and human health, the European Union (EU) is moving ahead with a robust effort to address plastic marine litter.
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