March 7, 2022

Plastic Pollution Policy Stalled but Litter Hasn’t: Duke Study

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The introduction of policies to reduce plastic pollution slowed in 2020 with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggests a new annual brief from Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The brief is based on a study of the Nicholas Institute's Plastics Policy Inventory, a searchable, multi-language database of hundreds of public policy documents targeting plastic pollution around the globe. 

Rachel Karasik, policy associate at the Nicholas Institute, spoke to Coastal Review about the potential effects of the pandemic on plastic pollution, the inventory, and what North Carolina can do to help address this global problem.