How much plastic gets recycled?

Results of a new study from the University of Georgia, published in Science Advances.
Guess what percentage of plastic gets recycled?  The authors say only 9% of all plastic is recycled! Of the other 91%, some is incinerated but most of it goes to landfills and into the oceans!

Other results of the study:

  • humans have produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic since the 1950s
  • plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade
  • 8 million metric tons of garbage ends up in the ocean every year

Article in National Geographic

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