Plastic pollution is defined broadly as the negative effects and emissions resulting from the production and consumption of plastic materials and products across their entire life cycle. This definition includes plastic waste that is mismanaged (e.g., open-burned and dumped in uncontrolled dumpsites) and leakage and accumulation of plastic objects and particles that can adversely affect humans and the living and non-living environment. Source: This term was recently included as a working definition in the glossary of key terms prepared for the work of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment under the category 'Terms used in Environment Assembly resolution 5/14 that do not have definitions adopted or endorsed by an intergovernmental process but that may be relevant to the development of the instrument'. See UNEP/PP/INC.1/6.  The glossary links to the definition above which is included as a key term in document UNEP/PP/INC.1/7 entitled “Plastics science”.

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