Thursday, June 29, 2017

20,000 plastic bottles sold per second; too few recycled

Waste Drive
, summarizing a report from The Guardian:

  • Approximately one million plastic bottles are purchased every hour around the globe, which breaks down to about 20,000 bottles per second.
  • Fewer than half of the plastic bottles sold in 2016 were collected in 2016 and only 7% were turned into new bottles, according to the same reporting. The rest end up in landfills or in the ocean.
  • Up from 300 billion ten years ago, 2016 saw 480 billion plastic bottles sold. That number is expected to increase another 20% by 2021.
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