Plastics have become a major cause for concern as they collect in land and water systems and as they degrade they enter the food chain in various ways. Knowledge about how extensive is the plastic waste problem has been growing and there is now a need to implement global schemes to phase out the use of some plastic products and especially reduce the frivolous use of plastic. Papers are invited on any aspect of the environmental science of plastic in terms of ecological impact, the community-led systems that are pushing us towards reducing the global impact from plastics, and the technology, behaviour change and policy approaches that perhaps are beginning to work in some places.
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Harriet Paterson, The University of Western Australia
Xiaoling Zhang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Jingzheng Ren, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong