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The Global Plastics Policy Inventory


Some 5-12 million metric tons of plastics waste enter our ocean every year. A wide range of policy responses has been applied by different countries as they try to address plastics pollution.  This innovation helped to create and expand the world’s first global plastics policy tracking tool which will help stakeholders at all levels to identify and replicate best practices in plastics policy development and implementation.  The project also identified trends in plastics policy tools as a means to predict trends in plastics Global plastics policy inventory publicationsmaterial flows.

  • Global plastics policy and regulatory database
    The project involves a database of policy documents as the primary unit of information and builds upon the research conducted at Duke University in 2019 and early 2020, creating a prototype and non-exhaustive Plastics Policy Inventory spanning the years 2000 through 2019.
  • Trends in plastic policy tools and their impacts
    It looks into developing standardized analytical products on trends based from government responses to plastic pollution and translating the data into information and visualizations for easy use by targeted stakeholders.
  • Dissemination and transfer of best practice
    The group will conduct outreach, capacity-building activities, and the facilitation of knowledge management and information sharing of best practices, lessons learned, among others.

Visit the Global Plastics Policy Database and their publications:

IMPLEMENTATION STATUS: Completed. They've shared updates on their work and what they've achieved in 2023. Read here.

Access the full reports:



  • Watch the recording (En/Fr/Es) and access the first Annual Trends in Plastics Policy: A Brief launched on 23 February 2022, 0900-1000 New York.
Tracking government responses: the Global Plastics Policy Inventory
  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Innovator Duke University, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • OIC Financing
    Phase I - USD 50,000; Phase II - USD 50,000
  • Beneficiary Global
  • Category
  • Focal Point
    John Virdin,
    Rachel Karasik
  • Publication: 20 Years of Government Responses to the Global Plastic Pollution Problem
    Publication: 20 Years of Government Responses to the Global Plastic Pollution Problem
  • Duke plastics policy database
    Duke plastics policy database