According to UNEP expectations plastic production was projected to increase by up to 40 per cent over the next 10 years, which made achieving a significant reduction in marine pollution by the year 2025, as reflected in Sustainable Development Goal target 14.1, as remote as ever.

CCB believes that a voluntary phase out of MP is inadequate and an urgent EU regulatory action is necessary to treat such a complex and transboundary problem. The proposed EU Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment was agreed by the EU commission (May 2018), and adopted by EU parliament (March 2019).

In 2017, CCB has implemented a project Plastic Free Baltic, which has significantly contributed to lifting up the agenda of microplastic/marine litter pollution in the Baltic Sea region, including the upstream catchment area.

In 2019, CCB will start implementing a new project: “Plastic Free Ocean“. The project activities will support implementation of the EU Plastics Strategy and the idea is to address the growing pollution of the Baltic Sea (and through it – the world ocean) by single-use plastic items, primary and secondary microplastics, and associated toxic chemicals through a combination of:
– policy-oriented measures
– awareness-raising public campaign
– monitoring activities
– assistance to identified target groups from private and municipal sector in switching to plastic-free alternatives (hotels, rural and eco-tourism houses, airlines, cruise ships, municipal organizations, public laundries, religious organizations and others) .

Read the interview of Mikhail Durkin, CCB Executive Secretary, about the project and objectives.

IMPLEMENTATION

BELARUS

  • Government, school and other actors. Media coverage available here (can be Google-translated).

ESTONIA

  • No Plastic Challenge organized by Estonian Green Movement.
  • Webinar for restaurants about single used plastics and alternatives.
  • Raising awareness about the Baltic Sea and microplastic for students.

GERMANY

LATVIA

  • Several small cafés/restaurants in Jurmala have started replacing plastic glasses and other cutlery and utilizing outreach materials produced by Green Belt of Latvia, see overview here.

POLAND

  • The municipality of Gdansk decided to become plastic-free city and announced its challenge at the EUSBSR Annual Forum in June 2019. Other activities in an overview here.
  • An eco guesthouse and a catering company in Pomeranian Voivodshop of Poland were approached by the Polish Ecological Club and considering decrease in consumption of single use plastic.
  • Set of 6 posters (see below) and awareness raising letters to branches where Single Use Plastics were commonly used (Polish Ecological Club Pomeranian Branch).

RUSSIA

  • Ecological (vegetarian) café in Kaliningrad has phased out single use plastic cutlery from catering.
  • #PlasticFreeOcean exhibition organized by Friends of the Baltic.
  • Monitoring of marine litter in the Gulf of Finland (Friends of the Baltic).
  • Infographic about the most frequent plastic items found on the coast (Friends of the Baltic).

UKRAINE

  • Number of actions to promote plastic-free way of living are carried by Zero Waste Lviv.
  • Information campaign on the Plastic Free Ocean project conducted by the WORLDLAB, within the National Ecological Council helped to involve the public in the celebration of the International Day for the avoidance of Polypropylene Packaging and Disposable Plastic Utensils.
  • The topic “Microplastics – an invisible problem” became an important part of the eco-marathon “Let’s save the environment together”, which was held by students of Pavlivsk School. This action helped to raise awareness of the problem of plastic water pollution by villagers in the Western Bug river basin.
  • Presentation of the results of the Plastic Free Ocean project at a joint meeting of the Western Bug River Basin Management and the Basin Council was recognized by the authorities as an example for promotion and dissemination in the celebration of the Western Bug Day. This event, which was held for the first time in Ukraine, was also attended by representatives of the Basin Departments of other rivers of Ukraine – the Dnister, Dnipro, Southern Bug (60 participants)

EVENTS

PUBLICATIONS

GRAPHIC MATERIALS

POLAND (PKE)

 

PLASTIC POLLUTION and COVID-19

Download the infographic here.

Contact person: Agnieszka Fiszka Borzyszkowska (agnieszka.fba@gmail.com)

The CCB´s Plastic Free Ocean project is supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation:

Partners of the Plastic Free Ocean project are: