Our Work on Reducing Marine Litter

North America is a significant contributor of land-based marine litter. Common trash from consumer goods in coastal and inland locations make up the majority of trash that eventually becomes marine litter, polluting our waterways and oceans.

Our work educates and empowers local communities by encouraging the prevention, minimization, and management of waste before it finds its way to waterways and oceans.

Tracking the progress made towards reducing industrial pollution to meet the UN SDG target 12.4

Countries are taking action against toxic chemicals emitted into air, water and land by industry. How can countries track progress made towards this target? The new OECD report looks at Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers data as a means to track toxic releases to monitor chemical pollution to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.4. This tracking system not only enhances transparency and accountability of industry but also measures progress towards SDG target 12.4.

The report shows that pollutants have decreased by 47% from 2008 to 2017. This decreasing trend is also found even if the release values are normalised by manufacturing GDP of the countries or if they are converted to the Toxicity Impact Scores.

Tools and Resources

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Webinar on Marine Litter Tools

This webinar presents the tools developed by the CEC and partners to help communities, cities, and organizations take action to prevent marine litter.

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“Last Stop: The Ocean” Campaign Toolkit & Website

These campaign tools were designed to create awareness on water and trash flows and provide simple solutions for individuals to prevent and reduce land-based marine litter.

Building Community Solutions to Marine Litter

In 2017–2019, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) worked with partners and stakeholders to build community solutions to marine litter in two ecologically rich and economically important transboundary watersheds.

Salish Sea

Research and citizen science activities in the Salish Sea watershed helped identify community-based solutions for addressing the problem of marine litter.

Tijuana River

A diverse, binational group of stakeholders from the Tijuana River watershed was convened to address the issue of marine litter and implement preventive actions.

Related Projects

Reduction of Marine Litter

Reduction of Marine Litter

Operational Plan 2021

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Community Solutions for Reducing Marine Litter

Operational Plan 2019 - 2020

Marine Litter

Building Community Solutions to Marine Litter

Operational Plan 2017 - 2018