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Urgent steps to end plastic pollution are required. The current plastic life cycle remains primarily linear – take, make, dispose – and the statistics from the OECD are telling: From 2000 to 2019, plastic production and plastic waste has more than doubled, while only 9% of plastic ultimately gets recycled. OECD data also shows that the amount of plastic waste produced is on track to almost triple by 2060, with around half ending up in landfill and less than a fifth recycled. Greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic system could further increase by 63% by 2040, a trajectory that is incompatible with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Urgent steps to end plastic pollution are required. The current plastic life cycle remains primarily linear – take, make, dispose – and the statistics from the OECD are telling: From 2000 to 2019, plastic production and plastic waste has more than doubled, while only 9% of plastic ultimately gets recycled.

OECD data also shows that the amount of plastic waste produced is on track to almost triple by 2060, with around half ending up in landfill and less than a fifth recycled. Greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic system could further increase by 63% by 2040, a trajectory that is incompatible with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Categories: Plastic, Plastics
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