May 18: Plastic waste recycling
By 2050 there will be approximately 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills.
Source: National Geographic
Published: July 2019
Plastic waste recycling
Since 1950, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced. Only 9% of that plastic waste has ever been recycled.
Plastic waste, in million tons
Recycling: 747 million tons
Most plastic ever produced still exists in some form. Only 12% has been incinerated, and the rest usually takes more than 400 years to degrade fully.
If current trends continue, by 2050 there will be approximately 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills.
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