Moving from symptom management to upstream plastics prevention: The fallacy of plastic cleanup technology

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Expert commentary outlines why focusing on technological cleanup technologies to solve plastic pollution is a kind of false solution: “Plastic removal technologies can temporarily mitigate plastic accumulation at local scales, but evidence-based criteria are needed in policies to ensure that they are feasible and that ecological benefits outweigh the costs. To reduce plastic pollution efficiently and economically, policy should prioritize regulating and reducing upstream production rather than downstream pollution cleanup.”

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