Only 9%?? Yes. 😳 | @NatGeo: “A Whopping 91% of Plastic Isn't Recycled.
Mass production of plastics, which began just 6 decades ago, has accelerated so rapidly that it has created 8.3 billion metric tons—most of it in disposable products that end up as trash. If that seems like an incomprehensible quantity, it is. Even the scientists who set out to conduct the world’s 1st tally of how much plastic has been produced, discarded, burned or put in landfills, were horrified by the sheer size of the numbers. “This kind of increase would ‘break’ any system that was not prepared for it, and this is why we have seen leakage from global waste systems into the oceans." Plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade, so most of it still exists in some form. Only 12% has been incinerated.
Of the 8.3 B metric tons that has been produced, 6.3 B metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only 9% has been recycled. The vast majority is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter. Meaning: at some point, much of it ends up in the oceans, the final sink.
If present trends continue, by 2050, there will be 12 B metric tons of plastic in landfills. That amount is 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building.
The study estimated that 8 M metric tons of plastic ends up in the oceans every year. That is the equivalent to 5 grocery bags of plastic trash for every foot of coastline around the globe. “We weren’t aware of the implications for plastic ending up in our environment until it was already there. Now we have a situation where we have to come from behind to catch up.” Gaining control of plastic waste is now such a large task that it calls for a comprehensive, global approach that involves rethinking plastic chemistry, product design, recycling strategies, and consumer use. “We as a society need to consider whether it’s worth trading off some convenience for a clean, healthy environment. For some products that are very problematic in the environment, maybe we think about using different materials. Or phasing them out.” -@NatGeo
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