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 PNG Conservation and Environment Protection Authority

This dataset has an article on plastics that make their way into the ocean and data on plastics and other waste in the Pacific Island region.

Waste on the beach in Papua New Guinea. Photo Credit: Anthony Talouli/SPREP

The Papua New Guinea Government plans to stop the single use of biodegradable plastic shopping bags by 2019, following the ban’s announcement this April.

Hon. John Pundari, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Climate Change, announced the ban, which follows unsatisfactory adherence to a similar one on non-biodegradable plastic bags in 2014.

 Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

This paper provides information on degradable plastics and is intended to provide guidance on potential mechanisms for achieving reductions in plastic bag consumption. It is anticipated that this paper can be used in the Pacific region as a source of information, when trying to devise a strategy for dealing with plastic bags.