Assessing threats, regulations, and strategies to abate plastic pollution in LAC beaches during COVID-19 pandemic

María B. Alfonso, Andrés H. Arias, María C. Menéndez, Ana C. Ronda, Agustín Harte, María C. Piccolo, Jorge E. Marcovecchio

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術誌査読

16 被引用数 (Scopus)


Plastic use and production have dramatically increased globally over the past 65 years with the improvement of life quality by the daily use of plastic products. Still, around 50% of the plastic produced is disposable products that generate substantial waste. Several reports pointed out the adverse effects of plastic litter in coastal environments in recent years, emphasizing single-use plastics (SUP). In this manner, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) coastal environments are highly vulnerable due to wastewater treatment facilities scarcity and poor plastic waste management strategies. Since COVID-19 pandemic, the single-use plastic waste/person rate is expected to rise due to the use of personal protective equipment and SUP as health care measures. Based on literature research and the review of plastic waste regulations, this paper will assess the main COVID-19 plastic pollution threats and LAC beaches' regulations to suggest possible measures to abate this problem. The main findings suggest that unifying the ongoing fragmented and overlapped policies is key to abate plastic pollution, including plastic industry regulations and circular economies. In addition, increasing public risk perception about plastic pollution is critical to reducing plastic waste generation. Research advances in the adverse effects of plastic debris could improve the public's perception of plastic pollution risk, pushing forward global marine plastic governance.

ジャーナルOcean and Coastal Management
出版ステータス出版済み - 7月 1 2021

!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 海洋学
  • 水圏科学
  • マネジメント、モニタリング、政策と法律


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