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Netherlands urges action on marine litter

Luxembourg, 21st October 2009. The Dutch government has urged action on marine plastic debris.

The Dutch delegation presented a note to EU Environment ministers in at the Environment Council in Luxembourg on 21st October.

The problem, known as "plastic soup", occurs in the Pacific Ocean and, more recently, in the Atlantic Ocean. The floating mass of waste in the Pacific Ocean alone "occupies an area roughly 34 times the size of the Netherlands", according to the note.

"It is important we clear up the existing waste, but even more important that we prevent plastic from ending up in the sea in the first place," the Dutch government says. The first step is to raise international awareness of the problem, it adds.

Dutch delegation note on plastic debris
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