This is what countries are doing to fight plastic waste 

A fisherman walks past a plastic bottle on the beach in Veracruz port on the outskirts of Panama City September 16, 2013. The National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON) reports that the majority of Panama City's beaches and rivers are contaminated with plastic and general waste due to lack of awareness for waste management, causing major problems for fishermen and negative impact on mangroves and their wildlife. According to the Plastic Oceans Foundation, more plastic has been produced over the last ten years than over the whole of the last century. Picture taken September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso (PANAMA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

The last 60 years plastic has become the material that has saved lives, but is now deemed a huge global issue. Image: REUTERS/Carlos Jasso (PANAMA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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More than 300 million tons of plastic waste was generated in 2015 Image: UN Environment
Regulations regarding single-use plastic are soaring Image: UNEP
The vast majority of plastic packaging waste ends up as litter Image: UNEP
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