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An imperative to focus the plastic pollution problem on place-based solutions


Hardesty, B and Willis, K and Vince, J, An imperative to focus the plastic pollution problem on place-based solutions, Frontiers in Sustainability pp. 1-7. ISSN 2673-4524 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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2022 Hardesty, Willis, and Vince. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License (, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution, and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.

DOI: doi:10.3389/frsus.2022.963432


There is an increased focus on plastic pollution and the resultant harms in our oceans and on our shores at local, regional, and global scales. New technologies are being developed and trialed, multilateral agreements are coming into play, and the role of a circular economy is increasingly touted as the key to help solve the plastic pollution crisis. Simultaneously, we are witnessing the disruption of global supply chains from the COVID-19 pandemic, increased fuel prices and increased scope and scale of natural disasters. Individual countries are setting national targets and are developing national plans of action to combat plastic pollution. In this paper, we focus on Australia's National Plastics Plan as a case study of a national approach to addressing this transboundary issue. We discuss the Plan in relation to supply chains, the role of standards and best practices, and principles for a successful circular plastic economy. We explicitly consider the role of reverse logistics and regional approaches that could be developed and implemented within island nations. Overall, we argue for culturally appropriate, economically and environmentally place-based solutions as a necessary approach to help reduce plastic losses to the environment, acknowledging that plastics leakage to the environment is a social equity issue.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:plastic pollution, circular economy, Australia's National Plastic Plan, plastics treaty
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:Ocean law and governance
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hardesty, B (Dr Britta Hardesty)
UTAS Author:Willis, K (Dr Kathy Willis)
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Associate Professor Joanna Vince)
ID Code:153927
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-10-17
Last Modified:2022-11-09
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