Plastic waste has more than doubled globally since 2000, with a whopping 353 million tonnes produced in 2019, a new report has warned.
The report, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, found that despite this surge in plastic waste, just nine per cent was successfully recycled.
‘After taking into account losses during recycling, only nine percent of plastic waste was ultimately recycled, while 19 percent was incinerated and almost 50 percent went to sanitary landfills,’ it said.
‘The remaining 22 percent was disposed of in uncontrolled dumpsites, burned in open pits or leaked into the environment.’
Based on the findings, the researchers are calling for greater efforts to improve waste management and increase recycling.
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