Where the World’s Plastic Waste Will End Up, by 2050
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The Future of the World’s Plastic Waste
Plastic use has surged worldwide over the last 50 years. In fact, more than 480 billion plastic water bottles were sold across the globe in 2018—that’s approximately 1 million per minute.
Where does all this plastic go, and how much of it is being recycled? Here’s a look at the end-of-life fate of the world’s plastic.
A Breakdown of Disposal Methods
If current trends in plastic production and waste management continue as they are, here’s where 33 billion metric tons of plastic waste will end up by 2050.
|Disposal Method||Metric tons||% of total plastic waste|
To clarify, this is a rough cumulative estimate of (Read more...)