GENEVA (AP) — United Nations officials say nearly all of the world’s countries have agreed on a deal to better manage plastic waste, with the United States a notable exception.
A “legally binding framework” that affects thousands of types of plastic waste emerged Friday at the end of a two-week meeting of U.N.-backed conventions on plastic waste and toxic, hazardous chemicals.
Rolph Payet of the United Nations Environment Program says the “historic agreement” linked to the 186-country, U.N.-supported Basel Convention means countries will have to monitor and track movements of plastic waste outside their borders.
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Plastic waste clutters pristine land, floats in huge masses in oceans and entangles wildlife, sometimes with deadly results.
The deal affects products used in a broad array of industries, such as health care, technology, aerospace, fashion, and food and beverages.
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