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The essential data about plastic explained in 7 infographics. Detailed charts covering mismanage plastic waste, estimates of global plastic waste, global plastic production and waste, world plastic production and more. Learn the truth about plastic and how it relates to the state of the world on The Global Education Project website with un-biased facts from the most reliable sources.
Mismanage Plastic Waste The amount of plastic debris that ends up in the oceans from the land is mostly determined by population size living within 50km of a coast and by the amount of plastic waste that is mismanaged—either littered or disposed into uncontained dumps or landfills.
Estimates of Global Plastic Waste "Recycling delays, rather than avoids, final disposal. It reduces future plastic waste generation only if it displaces primary plastic production; however, this displacement is extremely difficult to establish. "Second, plastics can be destroyed thermally....
Global Plastic Production and Waste Packaging represents 26% of the total volume of plastics used. Even when managed adequately, the process of recycling plastic ultimately produces a lower quality product and the required shipping, washing, chopping and melting also has a detrimental...
World Plastic Production Over 90% of plastics produced are derived from virgin fossil feedstocks—about 6% of global oil consumption. This is equivalent to the total oil consumption of the global aviation sector.
Marine Debris Decomposition
Plastics
This section is an overview of the steep and rapid rise in the production and use of plastics; also plastic waste management and mis-management, recycling and the prevalence of microplastic debris in the environment.
Plastics in the Ocean Rivers are a major pathway for plastic transport into the seas. Ten rivers—the Yangtze, Indus, Yellow, Hai He, Ganges, Pearl, Amur and Mekong in Asia; and the Nile and the Niger in Africa—contribute about 90% of all river-driven plastics into the...


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